“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” Ephesians 6:13
This is a fighter’s verse. You can hear the sound of combat when you read it. You can sense the smoke and gunfire of desperate battle, of soldiers rushing to the front lines, and at the end of the verse, you can hear the sound of victory. Ephesians 6:13 describes our current situation. The “evil day” is upon us. We have the armor of God. We are called to stand our ground and to fight to the end so that we may be still standing when the day is done. Everything we need for this present moment is in this one verse. We are seeing before our very eyes the dismantling of morality in America. Sin has always been with us, and Satan has always been active, but in the 21st-century, we have openly rejected God and His Word. When you turn from God, the only thing left is the worship of the idols of your own making (See Romans 1:18-22).
Paul gives us three simple points to help prepare ourselves for the day in which we live: THE WARNING – “When the day of evil comes.” Notice Paul states, “when” not “if”. The evil day is upon and we need to heed Paul’s warning to us as believers. THE COMMAND – “Put on the full armor of God.” What do you do when the evil day comes? You put on the whole armor of God. The Greek word for “put on” comes from the military vocabulary of the first century. It was used for the last thing the soldier would do before going out to battle. When the call came, the soldier would grab his armor, put it on, and head for the fight. When we see people fighting in favor of abortion and in favor of gay marriage and against Christian values in the marketplace, it’s easy to say, “They are our enemies.” But Paul has already said, “We don’t fight against flesh and blood” (v. 12).
When we see people fighting in favor of abortion and in favor of gay marriage and against Christian values in the marketplace, it’s easy to say, “They are our enemies.” Beloved, they are not our enemies, they are victims of the enemy. Our text is telling us that when the evil day comes, before you go to battle, make sure you’re in uniform. We do not fight alone or in our own power. When we take up the divine armor, God himself fights for us.
Supernatural enemies require supernatural resources. THE RESULT – “You may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” The Christian life is a battleground, not a playground. No one said being a Christian is easy. Any representations to the contrary are false and dangerous.
When you signed up for Team Jesus, you joined the Lord’s army. We’re all in this together as soldiers of Christ. There is good news and bad news here. The bad news being that no one gets a break from the battle. The good news being that we are on the winning team. I’ve read the end of the book, we win! Let us strive to live each day filled with God’s Spirit, clothed in God’s armor and ready to be used by God to fight the victorious battle.