10. "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11. Put on the whole armor of God,
that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
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.
13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand.
14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
and having on the breastplate of righteousness.
15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench
all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God:
18. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19. And for me, that utterance may be given unto me,
that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20. For which I am an ambassador in bonds:
that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
Paul exhorted believers to be strong in the Lord ...
believers can be strengthened not only by the person of the Lord, but also by His resources.
To put on indicates that believers are responsible for putting on God's (not their) full armor.
The purpose of putting on God's armor is to be able to stand against Satan.
The struggle is not physical, but rather a spiritual conflict.
With the full armor of God, one is ready and able to stand in defense.
The imperative stand denotes urgency.
The belt of truth refers not to the facts of the gospel but to the subjective truth,
a believer's integrity and faithfulness.
The breastplate of righteousness refers not to justification,
obtained at conversion, but to the sanctifying righteousness of Christ practiced in a believer's life.
The shield consists of faith.
The idea, then, is that a Christian's resolute faith in the Lord can stop and extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one aimed at him.
Having one's head guarded by a helmet gives a sense of safety,
so the helmet of salvation refers either to present safety from the devil's attacks
or to a future deliverance, "the hope of salvation as a helmet."
Of the Spirit refers to the source or origin of the sword;
hence it is "the sword given by the Spirit."
"The sword of the Spirit" is specified as the Word of God.
~ The Bible Knowledge Commentary ~
Have a blessed Lord's Day, my friends!
And may we daily put on the whole armor of God!