The Believer’s Armor, Part 2: The Breastplate of Righteousness Podcast by Pastor John MacArthur
We’ve been studying the great truth in this text related to the believers’ war with the forces of hell as Paul has outlined for us in the book of Ephesians the tremendous power and resource of the Christian. He doesn’t want us to get over confident. He doesn’t want us to dwell with any illusion that because of our resources it’ll be easy, because we’ve been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies, because we are able to do exceeding abundantly above all we can ask or think, because we can be filled with the Spirit of God, because we can allow the Spirit to fill us with His might, because all of these resources are ours, and because we have the very truth of God in our hands, and because God’s ultimate sovereign design is to produce good works does not mean that it’ll be easy to live the Christian life.
So having said all of that, he has yet to say this in verse 10. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand firm against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.
“Wherefore take unto you whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truthfulness, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, with which ye shall 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.”