Put On the Full Armor of God (6:10-24)
Welcome to Week 10 of your Ephesians Bible Study.
This week we’ll be looking at the metaphorical “Armor of God” that every believer is instructed to wear (Ephesians 6:10-24).
As we learned in our introduction to this study, Ephesians was likely written during Paul’s Roman imprisonment.
During his imprisonment, Paul had plenty of time to meditate on the elements and purpose of a Roman soldier’s uniform (Acts 28:16) or conversely, on the spiritual elements that belonged to a believer.
From here, the jump to connect the two ideas would be quite natural in Paul’s mind.
Read Ephesians 6:10-20
Questions to Reflect on the Passage
- Paul enjoins the Ephesian believers to “be empowered” or to “be strengthened” in the Lord and in his might. What reason, then does Paul give for putting on God’s armor? (See both 6:11 and 6:13)
- The word translated as “schemes” in v. 11 carries with it the meaning of craftiness and deceit. How does this add to Paul’s reasoning for putting on God’s armor?
- What does Paul mean that the Ephesian struggle is not against flesh and blood? Who then, specifically does Paul state their struggle is against?
- Go through and match each element of the soldier’s uniform with the corresponding spiritual element that Paul assigns. For further study look up Isaiah 11:5; 52:7 and 59:17. It is possible Paul also had these in mind when constructing his metaphor of the soldier’s elements.
- What does Paul enjoin the Ephesian believers to do in 6:18 which he continues encouraging all the way to verse 20.
Questions to Reflect on Your Life
- How would you describe “the schemes of the devil” v. 11?
- The call to stand firm and to resist evil / the devil are the reasons that Paul gives for “suiting up.” Is this the approach you take, metaphorically speaking, in order to resist these “schemes”? Why or why not?
- What or who are the rulers, powers and forces of darkness in today’s world?
- How do you use / or would you use each spiritual element in the Christian armor: truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and God’s word? Be specific or share a story where you availed yourself of one of the spiritual elements.
- Paul’s final prayer is that we would pray for those in the church (being alert for the saints) and specifically for those who are sharing the gospel. Would you take some time in your study now to do both? Remember, when you do, you are taking the fight into the spiritual realm and against spiritual forces.