Ephesians 6:10-18: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Why do you suppose Paul used such an illustration?
Helmet of Salvation, the Helmet of Hope, represents the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, the crowing emblem of your salvation.
Romans 12:2 — “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may know the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
The Sword of the Spirit — Paul instructs us to take up our shield of faith and the Sword of the Spirit, which is ... the Word of God.
Some teach or think the Sword of the Spirit represents the Holy Spirit. What does the Scripture say? “The Sword of the Spirit, which is ... the Word of God.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
The Word of God is its own power. The Holy Spirit empowers the believer. If we leave the Bible on the shelf it is unused power. The Holy Spirit dwells within us, empowering, us with the Word of God. Like a computer we have to download before we can access the information.
John 14:26 — “The Holy Spirit, which the father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance whatever I have said to you.”
Hebrews 4:12 — “The Word of God is sharper than any double-edged Sword.”
2 Timothy 2:15 — “Do your best to present yourself to God as a workman who need not be ashamed. Who correctly divides the Word of Truth.”
Exodus 25:8 says, “Then have them make a sanctuary for me and I will dwell among them.”
Imagine to finally realize the purpose of God’s presence is to simply dwell with us. That we would know Him and His purpose for us.
Exodus 39:32 says, “So all the work on the Tabernacle, the Tent of Meeting was complete.”
The book of Hebrews 9 refers to the body as a Temple not made with hands.
1st Corinthians 6:19 — The Apostle Paul speaks of our bodies as temples. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (KJV)
In 1 Corinthians 3:17 Paul warns the Corinthians this: “If any man defiles the Temple of God, him, God shall destroy, for the Temple of God is holy ... WHICH, you are!”
These are important points of faith in the Lenten Season of reflection, remorse, repentance and rejoicing.
Here is my concern, that we’re confessing to be Christian Soldiers but we’re walking around with a $12.00 plastic Helmet and a two-bit Sword. THAT will NOT suffice in the heat of battle!
2 Corinthians 13:5 — “Examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course you fail the test.”
Here endeth the message.
If I could encourage a personal Bible Study for personal development, I would suggest starting with the Old Testament book of Exodus chapters 25-30. These chapters explain the basics of the Wilderness Tabernacle inner court furnishings.
Then turn to the first five chapters of the book of Revelation, which gives a great testimony of Christ and the churches.
Then follow up with reading the New Testament book of Hebrews, which is only 13 chapters. Don’t let the sound of 13 chapters scare or intimidate you. The largest chapter only has 40 verses. Forty verses isn’t the same as reading a chapter in a novel.
I make these reading suggestions in the hopes of enhancing our spiritual awareness of Christ — God’s presence as we draw closer to Easter — Holy Week.