Ephesians 6: The Armor of God
Ephesians 6 is obviously well known for telling us about putting on the whole armor of God.
Eph 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
There are a few important things that stand out about this prelude to the description of the actual armor.
Evil is not simply confined to one person. After World War II, evil did not die because Adolf Hitler was dead. There were plenty of ways that evil continued to exist. We do not wrestle with simply a person, but there is a spiritual dimension as well that we cannot remove from earth. There is never a shortage of bad news, and that is simply because we live in a fallen world. There are forces that are rulers of the darkness, and they do a very good job of spreading that darkness.
However, notice that when we put on the full armor of God, we will be able to stand. That is the important part of this passage. Yes, the darkness is powerful, and we cannot fight it on our own. However, by putting it on, we will be able to withstand the evil. We will not become victims, but we will triumph.
I think that we need to remember this conclusion that Paul gives us. If we are following the will of God, we are going to triumph. We on the winning side. Evil is going to pass away, and God will reign forever. Why do we always live like we are so afraid then?