take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand in the
evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, having girded
your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being
watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication” (Ephesians
In these beautiful few
verses, the Apostle Paul is telling us how we can don ourselves with the
whole armour of God in order to be able to withstand and conquer the
wiles of the devil. Imagine!
“having girded your waist
with truth” - the ‘truth’ that St Paul refers to is God Himself, for our
beloved Lord Jesus Christ said to us:
“I am the way,
the truth and the life” (John 14:6).
“having put on the
breastplate of righteousness” - the purpose of a breastplate is to
protect the wearer’s heart. By so wearing the ‘breastplate of
righteousness’ you are protecting your heart from negative feelings and
the intention of committing sin. Protection can only be achieved through
the righteousness of God.
“having shod your feet with
the preparation of the gospel of peace” - your way is in accordance to
the will of the Lord and instruction given to us in His gospel. Wherever
you go, you will create peace; your way will not be one of hatred and
“And take the helmet of
salvation” - the purpose of the helmet is to protect the head (the seat
of intellect and senses). Therefore, by wearing the helmet of salvation,
you will constantly be giving thought and consideration to your
salvation and eternity. Your eternal life will be the most important
consideration in your life – above all worldly concerns such as career
“And take …the sword of the
Spirit” - the sword of the Spirit is the word of God, through which you
will be able to discern between what is pleasing to God and what is not.
The way in which it is
possible to wear the whole armour of God is by ensuring that you have
all the aspects of your nature working together in harmony. The human
nature is composed of four aspects:
The Body – which moves
The Psyche – which feels
The Mind – which thinks
The Spirit – which prays
Each aspect influences all
other aspects, and for this reason, it is important that you have all
these aspects working positively together.
For example, when you pray, you feel a sense of calm and holiness within
your body; your thoughts are pure, and your feelings are good and under
control. On the other hand, when you don’t pray, your mind will be
occupied by sinful thoughts and distress, your motives may be impure,
and your body will be restless.
It is impossible therefore,
to separate one aspect of your nature from the others, or imagine that
one aspect of your nature can not touch or affect all the others.
The way in which you can ensure that all these aspects are working in
harmony is to:
Nourish your spirit and
enlighten your mind. By so doing, you will be able to control your
psyche (motives and emotions) and your body. It is unfortunate, that in
the world today many people act according to their instincts and give no
regard for their mind or spirit. The result is that they become a slave
to their body and emotions.
So in summary, we can
describe the spiritual person as follows: one who’s body, mind and
psyche is under the control of the spirit, and their spirit is under the
control of the Holy Spirit. As a result, their interactions with all
people; whether they be within the family, within the church community,
or within society, will be successful. And as a whole, all is
progressing in the right way under the guidance of the church and their
Therefore, wear the complete
armour of God, for by so doing, you will always be at peace because all
the aspects of your nature will be integrated and positive.
In this way, you will be a
good witness for Christ, and will be enlightened to practice the motto
of ‘select and reject’ in your life.
Let us begin from now, to put
on the whole armour of God, and thereby feel peace at all times. Let us
have faith in God and be mindful of our salvation and of eternal life.
In so doing, we will enjoy peace here on earth and there in heaven.