12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6:13 (ESV)
Christians wrestle, or fiercely struggle, against forces of wickedness. It is for that reason the Apostle Paul urgently commanded all believers in Ephesus to take up their spiritual armor. Believers in Christ today are under the same heavenly mandate.
Take up the whole armor of God. The phrase take up (ἀναλαμβάνω; analambano) is an aorist active imperative verb. It means that each believer in Christ is to wholeheartedly obey God’s command to carry and bring along the whole armor of God.
The phrase whole armor (πανοπλία; panoplia) is the believer’s offensive and defensive weapons of spiritual warfare. This armor originates and is solely sourced in God alone. To obediently respond to God’s command to appropriate such biblical weapons is God’s will for each believer in Christ.
The purpose of such armor, and the Christian’s application of it, is stated in the latter portion of today’s text. God’s armor enables the believer in Christ to withstand in the evil day. To withstand (ἀνθίστημι; anthistemi) means to oppose and to resist. What believers in Christ are to withstand Paul calls the evil day (πονηρός ἡμέρα; poneros hemera). The evil day refers to a time of worthlessness, immorality and wickedness.
The Apostle Paul notes that when believers in Christ take up God’s armor they will be able to withstand the evil they encounter in this world. Additionally, Paul says and having done all, to stand firm. The phrase having done all (κατεργάζομαι; katergazomai) means to be thorough and to accomplish God’s purpose.
When a believer in Christ does everything God requires of them in taking up the armor God provides, they will be able to stand firm. To sand firm (ἵστημι; histemi) means to hold fast to God’s truth and righteousness. It also means to withstand evil when it comes.
John Calvin comments, “There will be no danger which may not be successfully met by the power of God; nor will any who, with [the armor of God], fight against Satan, fail in the day of battle.”
Be strong in the Lord’s strength today as you fight the battle. Have a blessed day.
Soli deo Gloria!