The Believer’s Armor, Part 4: The Shield of Faith Podcast by Pastor Dr John MacArthur for Moody Church
For our study this morning, we come again to Ephesians chapter 6 – Ephesians chapter 6 – and we’re looking at this wonderful section on the armor of the Christian. I want to read for you chapter 6, verse 10 through 17. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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 the heavenlies” – or wicked spirits in the heavenlies.
“Wherefore take to you the whole armor 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.”
Now, here we have the great text in the book of Ephesians that delineates for us the warfare of the Christian, and we’ve learned a lot about the Christian’s walk. Starting in chapter 4 verse 1, we met the concept of walking worthy, and what did a worthy walk involve? Well, it involved walking in unity, it involved walking in uniqueness, if you will; we are to be different than the Gentiles. It is to be a love walk, chapter 5 says, a light walk, a wise walk, a Holy Spirit walk, and finally, it is to be a warfare. Our manner of life in this world will be conflict; we are set against the enemy.