Following on from last week's study, we began this week, by studying the 'armour of God'. Starting with the 'breastplate of righteousness', a breastplate covers the vital organs (heart and lungs) and spiritually the righteousness of Christ guards our hearts.
The 'sandals' of the 'gospel of peace' ensure that we are prepared and always ready to go forward and share the gospel with others.
We also need to take the 'shield of faith', the 'helmet of salvation' and the 'sword of the Spirit'. The 'shield' not only protects us from the fiery darts of the enemy but faith in God can also extinguish them. Our 'shield of faith' needs to be constantly lifted up to defend our spiritual lives. So often we let our guard down and every time we do that we are opening ourselves to an attack from the enemy.
The 'helmet of Salvation' is a form of identification. It also acts as a protection of our minds and can guard our thoughts. As Christians, our minds should be being renewed, and our thoughts need to become more Christ-like.
The next piece of armour is the 'sword of the Spirit' which is the 'word of God'. This is a weapon that requires action and needs to be used. Before we can use the word of God as a weapon we first need to read, learn and apply it. It is essential that we take time with the word of God, so that we can learn to use it effectively. Verse 18 encourages the church to continue in prayer. Prayer is a mighty weapon, and each one of us should pray for ourselves and for others that each should find more of the Life of God. We ought to 'pray in the Spirit' and allow His will to be worked in us and through us.
The letter ends as it began with Paul writing a blessing in his letter to the Ephesians.
Next week Graham is planning to start a study on Hebrews 11.