Vol. 17, No. 13 – April 1, 2018
In our outline of Eph 6:10-24, we now are on the third point:
1. The Empowerment, vs. 10.
2. The Enemy, vs. 11-12.
3. The Equipment: The Warrior’s Resource, the Explanation of Our Armor, vs. 13-17.
4. The Energy, vs. 18-20.
5. The Encouragement, vs. 21-24.
- The Equipment, vs 13-17.
Eph 6:13, “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
“Therefore,” is DIA HOUTOS that could be translated, “because of this or for this sake,” and is in reference to our wrestling with Satan and his cosmic legions. It is a call to charge, a call to mount up, a call to, “take up the full armor of God,” ANALAMBANO, in the Aorist, Active, Imperative for a command that means, “take up, take on board, receive to oneself,” we will see this word again in vs. 16, regarding the shield of faith. In the LXX this word was used for the “taking up” or rapture of Enoch and Elijah, Gen 5:24; 2 King 2:11. Then we have HO PANOPLIA HO THEOS. We noted PANOPLIA in vs. 11, for “full or complete armor,” that includes both offensive and defensive weapons. Therefore, we are commanded by God to put on God.
We also noted PANOPLIA in Luke 11:22, “But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied, and distributes his plunder.”
Luke 11:22, speaks of being defeated in spiritual warfare. The “taking away his armor,” is analogous to the spiritual blindness Satan brings to the one who does not utilize the full armor of God when wrestling with the enemy; Satan and his cosmic system.
Therefore, in your warfare against “the schemes of the devil,” you are to arm yourself with spiritual armor in the same way that the Roman soldier was customarily equipped for his physical warfare, (perhaps one was chained to Paul at the moment of writing this); one piece at a time until he was fully equipped. That means we are to learn the word of God line upon line, precept upon precept, Isa 28:9-10.
Isa 28:9-10, “Whom shall he teach knowledge? And whom shall he make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”
Next we have the HINA clause which begins with “that,” HINA, “that, so that, in order that, etc.,” which introduces the final purpose-result for why we need to put on the armor of God. It has two parts.
Part 1, “You may be able to resist in the evil day.”
“You may be able” is the Aorist, Passive Deponent, Subjunctive of DUNAMAI, δύναμαι that means, “be able, have power to do, have capacity for.” It is inherent power to do something, the God given power and ability to stand your ground against the schemes of the Devil and his cosmic system.
The Constative Aorist views the entirety of the action of “resisting” the devil’s schemes.
The Passive-Deponent voice says that you receive this inherent power from God. This power or strength is founded in the armor of God, and the deponent here tells us we receive it through the intake and application of Bible Doctrine, while filled with the Holy Spirit. The deponent gives this an active sense while being passive.
The Subjunctive mood is for potential. We have the potential to have the inherent power and strength of God, but it is a volitional issue, depending on whether or not you decide to buckle down to learn and apply God’s Word in your life.
Notice that the DUNAMAI is a cognate of the Noun DUNAMIS, one of the definitions of divine power the fallen Angelic race has. Once again, we see that we are on a level playing field. We are qualified for the wrestling match, and we too can have the inherent power of God to not just compete, but to win, by standing firm in our faith and resisting the scheme of the Devil.
“Resisting,” ANTHISTEMI, ἀνθίστημι, “to oppose, resist, or withstand,” in the Aorist, Active, Infinitive. The root word HISTEMI, which we will see below, means to, “stand, stand firm, place firmly, etc.” The prefix is ANTI, “against, instead of, in the place of.” This makes us the “anti-devil.”
This Constative Aorist tense also views the entirety of the Action of holding your ground.
The Active voice means you have to produce the action. In other words, once you have received the Armor of God, you have to use it. It does you no good to have the power of God and then leave it on the shelf, leave it at home, or better yet, leave it in your Bible or your study notes. It does you no good there. But when you do apply it, it does a world of good within your life and for your spiritual walk with Christ.
The Infinitive is for Purpose-Result to indicate the outcome produced by having the inherent power of God resident within your soul. You will be able to resist the schemes of the Devil, when the time comes. This is not a one-time event and then you are done. No! This is something you need to do throughout your life. Even though the trials, tribulations, and temptations come at you one event at a time, they will keep on coming throughout your life. So, we need to resist the Devil every time he rears his ugly head. That is noted in the next phrase.
ANTHISTEMI is also used in James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:9; cf. Luke 21:15; Acts 6:10.
James 4:7, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
1 Peter 5:8-9, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.”
When we put on the full armor of God, our adversary will not be able to oppose nor defeat us.
Luke 21:15, “For I will give you utterance and wisdom which none of your opponents will be able to resist or refute.
Acts 6:10, “And yet they were unable to withstand the wisdom and the Spirit with which he was speaking.”
“In the evil day,” is the Dative of EN HO HEMERA HO PONEROS. Here we see PONEROS, which is a cognate of PONERIA that we noted in vs. 12, regarding the “spiritual forces of wickedness.” Therefore, when Satan or his demons attack you with a temptation, trial, or tribulation, you are prepared for it and can stand firm. In other word, you can “resist the devil.” Even though this phrase is in the Singular, it does not assume a “once in a life time event.” Rather, it is speaking of the moment by moment events that come your way, yet one at a time. This is an Adjective to describe that the “day” HEMERA, is PONEROS, πονηρός that means, “painful, serious, grievous, bad, wicked, evil, depraved, etc.”
Remember, Satan looks for the unguarded times and areas of your life where he can get a beachhead and mount an attack against you, Eph 4:27. Therefore, this day can be “painful, serious, grievous, bad, wicked, evil, depraved, etc.” In other words, it is not always “rainbows, unicorns, puppies, and kittens” i.e., fun to have these types of attacks. But, regardless of the severity, we have more than enough power from God to handle it and win!
As Paul noted in Eph 5:15-17, “Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
Part 2, “Having done everything.”
The second purpose we have in this passage for “putting on the armor of God,” is “and having done everything.”
It begins with the Coordinating Conjunction KAI, “and” that adds part 2 to part 1. Here the exhortation is to do everything we possibly can to hold our ground in the wrestling match we are a part of.
“Having done” is the Aorist, Middle, Participle in the Nominative Plural of KATERGAZOMAI, κατεργάζομαι that means, “accomplish, achieve, bring about, work out, or result in.” It is a compound word from the Preposition KATA that means, “according to,” and the verb ERGAZOMAI that means, “to work, be active, do accomplish, carry out, or perform.” Generally speaking, this word places more emphasis on the end result of the action rather than on the actual act or work itself.
The Consummative or Culminative Aorist tense views the entirety of the action with emphasis on the end results or conclusion.
The Middle voice means the results of your own actions of putting on the armor of God benefit you the believer.
The Participle in the Normative plural tells us that this then becomes a position in which we stand, a goal in which we are to accomplish.
In the ancient Greek writings of Sophocles and Plato, this word was sometimes used for, “tilling soil, cultivating land, and to practice or work at something.” Therefore, we see the imagery that we need to prepare the soil of our souls to receive the armor of God so that it takes root and blossoms in our life, so that we are victorious in the battle, cf. Mat 13:8, 23; Mark 4:8, 20; Luke 8:8, 15.
The word appears in the Septuagint, (LXX), 11 times, translating 8 different Hebrew words. While the basic meaning varies among these passages, both of the basic definitions seen above also appear. During this period, another meaning also appeared in non-canonical writings; namely, “to overpower and conquer,” e.g., 1 Esdras 4:4. This is its meaning in our passage Eph 6:13.
All of this is also some of the imagery of KATERGAZOMAI, as used in Phil 2:12; James 1:3.
Phil 2:12, “So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;13for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
James 1:3, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”
Now, this action of “having done” is emphasized by the Adjective, “everything,” which is HAPAS, ἅπας in the Greek that means, “all, whole, every, altogether, etc.” It means there is no stone left unturned. It means we have done everything in our spiritual walk to be prepared for the day of evil, (trials, tribulations, temptations), when it comes. We have done everything necessary to put on the full armor of God.
Then finally, we are “to stand firm,” the Aorist, Active, Infinitive of HISTEMI, the root word of ANTHISTEMI which we noted above.
The Consummative Aorist views the end results that we are able to stand firm in this spiritual wrestling match we are in.
The Active voice tells us the believer, with the armor of God in their soul, completes the action of standing firm.
This Infinitive is appositional, in that in the finality of this sentence, it links the two purposes together: 1) resist in the evil day, 2) having done everything. In fact, the latter should come first, “doing everything necessary” to put on the armor of God so that we can “resist in the evil day,” i.e., when the temptation comes. Therefore, when we put those two together, we then have the result of standing firm, and therefore we “stand firm.” This Infinitive is also like putting a semicolon before “stand firm” in English.
So, “to stand firm,” emphasizes that 1. “We are able to resist in the evil day,” and 2. “We have done everything necessary.”
Therefore, we could translate Eph 6:13, “Because of this, (i.e., the schemes of Satan and his cosmic system), take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, (i.e., in the trials, tribulation, and temptation of Satan’s cosmic system), and having done everything; stand firm.
It is likely that Paul had in mind Isa 59:9-21, and particularly vs. 17, when he wrote these passages. They describe the hopelessness in our own power and strength against the adversary, and our hopelessness regarding our own sin. Yet, God came to our rescue through His Son Jesus Christ, who Himself came with the armor of God to win the victory for us, so that now we too can be victorious through Him and His Word resident within our souls, i.e., the armor of God. Cf. Isa 11:4-5.
Isa 11:4-5, “But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. 5Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.”
As our Lord said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”
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Therefore, we are commanded to put on the armor, that is, take the weapons of God, and withstand Satan, all of which we do by faith. Knowing that Christ has already conquered Satan, and that the spiritual armor and weapons are available, by faith we accept what God gives us and go out to meet the foe. The day is evil, and the enemy is evil, yet Rom 8:31 tells us, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”
Introduction to the Armor of God.
Like Isa 59:17, several other NT passages speak about putting on the armor of God. Notice that there are variations in the analogies used for the specific pieces of armament. That tells us that the entire Word of God is part of our “full armor,” not just the few doctrines noted in Eph 6:13-17. Nevertheless, what we have in our passage is vital to putting on and utilizing the power of God for victory in our spiritual warfare.
Rom 13:12, “The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.”
1 Thes 5:8, “But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.”
In this passage, the helmet is the same, but the breastplate varies from “righteousness” in Ephesians, to “faith and love” in 1 Thessalonians. Both were written by Paul.
In Eph 6:14-17 the “full armor of God” includes 6 pieces of equipment: girded loins and a breastplate, vs. 14; footwear, vs. 15; a shield, vs. 16; and a helmet and sword, vs. 17.
Each of the pieces of armament are accompanied by a doctrine found in God’s Word. They include: truth and righteousness, vs. 14; the gospel of peace, vs. 15; faith, vs. 16; and salvation and the Word of God, vs. 17.
These are all Christ-like virtues that we are to take on as we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. These virtues that are connected with the pieces of armor have already been mentioned by Paul in the Book of Ephesians, and some will be after these passages:
- Truth, Eph 1:13; 4:15, 21, 24-25; 5:9.
- Righteousness, Eph 4:24; 5:9.
- The Gospel, Eph 1:13; 3:6; of Peace, Eph 2:14-18; 4:3; 6:19, 23.
- Faith, Eph 1:13, 15, 19; 2:8; 3:12, 17; 4:5, 13: 6:23.
- Salvation, Eph 1:13; 2:5, 8; 5:23.
- The Word of God, Eph 1:13; 5:26.
Vs. 14, Truth and Righteousness
Eph 6:14, “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.”
This verse begins with the same command as in vs. 13, “stand firm,” with the Aorist, Active, Imperative. With this is the Inferential Conjunction OUN, “therefore.” to set up the conclusion to the preceding discussion. In other words, this is how we fight and win in the angelic conflict, this is how we stand. Here, we have six pieces of armor and weaponry to be victorious. Vs. 14, gives us two parts of the conclusion:
- “Having girded your loins with truth,” PERIZONNUMI HO OSPHUN HUMEIS EN ALETHEIA.
- “Having put on the breastplate of righteousness,” ENDUO HO THORAX HO DIAIOSUNE.
We begin with, “Having girded your loins with truth.”
“Having girded,” is PERIZONNUMI, περιζώννυμι that means, “to gird around or about, to bind around.” It comes from the root word ZONNUMI, that means, “gird or bind about.” The prefix Preposition PERI means “around or about.” So, together it means, “to gird around,” which we could also say, “wrap around.”
In the LXX, it was used for being girded with strength or gladness, Psa 18:32; 30:11.
In the NT era, it had its literal meaning, yet it also developed a specific meaning, such as, “to put on a girdle,” which acquired the meaning of, “make oneself ready to go,” or “to take off a girdle” meant, “to rest” or “to be at leisure.” As such, sayings like, “everyone who wears the girdle,” came to mean, “men fit for war.” Thus the wearing of a girdle took on the meaning of one who is “ready” or “prepared” or “strengthened for service or action.” Therefore, for a soldier, before the armor could be put on, he had to bind the loose, flowing garments worn by people of that day, so he could enjoy freedom of movement. To tighten the belt meant a soldier was ready for duty, and to loosen it meant he was going off duty.
In our passage, it is in the Aorist, Middle, Participle in the Nominative Plural.
The Aorist is used for simple past tense “having girded.”
The Reflexive Middle voice means we receive the benefit of the past action of being girded.
The Participle of Means is used here to define how we are to, “stand firm” and also gives us contemporaneous, as well as antecedent time. In other words, we have girded ourselves in the past and remain girded in the present to fight and win.
PERIZONNUMI occurs six times in the NT. In the three occurrences in Luke it means, “to prepare oneself for service” and thus is translated in Luke 12:35, “Be dressed ready for service,” (NIV).
In Luke 12:35, the NASB has, “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight.” It should read, “Let your loins be girded about, and keep your lamps burning.”
Luke 12:37, “Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.”
Luke 17:8, “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me until I have eaten and drunk; and afterward you will eat and drink’?”
In Rev 1:13 and 15:6, the verb communicates the idea of wearing a “golden girdle” or “golden sash” (NIV), around the chest of Jesus and the angels, (see Dan 10:5), which is a mark of priestly service and triumphant royalty.
Rev 1:13, “And in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle.”
Rev 15:6, “And the seven angels who had the seven plagues came out of the temple, clothed in linen, clean and bright, and girded around their breasts with golden girdles.”
In Acts 12:8, some manuscripts have PERIZONNUMI, while others have the root word ZONNUMI. Nevertheless, the sense of readiness, to get up and go, is in view.
Acts 12:8, “And the angel said to him, ‘Gird yourself and put on your sandals.’ and he did so. And he said to him, ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me’.”
In Ephesians, it is the metaphoric use and conveys the idea of girding oneself around with the truth of God and His Word, to gain protection from the attacks of evil spiritual forces.
The area of the body girded in our verse is “the loins,” HO OSPHUS, ὀσφῦς that means, “waist or loins.” It represents anywhere in the mid-section of the body. Literally, it was used for the strong trunk of the body that gives stability and power for vigorous action. It is the part of the body where a belt or girdle gives support or binds the clothing out of the way for work, travel, or battle. In the NT, OSPHUS is used literally only in reference to John the Baptist who wore, “a garment of camel’s hair, and a leather belt about his waist / loins,” Mat 3:4; cf. Mark 1:6.
In the Scriptures, “loins” are used often to signify strength, and girded loins means the opposite of self-indulgence, ease, or carelessness.
Isa 11:5, “Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.”
In the Greek culture, it stood for virility and strength, and metaphorically, for the innermost source of power for living, for working, and for passing on a heritage to posterity.
The common phrase, “gird up the loins” means, “to prepare for sustained and effective effort, to make ready for action,” Ex 12:11; 1 Kings 18:46; Job 38:3; 40:7; 1 Peter 1:13.
1 Peter 1:13 (KJV), “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Therefore, to be girded about your loins, speaks to your inner strength and power. Next, we have the thing we are to gird around our loins, “with the truth,” the Dative of sphere of EN ALETHEIA, ἀλήθεια that means, “truth, dependability, freedom from error, and integrity.” Originally, the word denoted something which was not hidden or a disclosure of something which was hidden. In Greek philosophy, the word often carried the sense of that which really exists, “the reality behind all apparent reality.”
In the NT, it is used for “that which is true and correct; that which is certain and on which one can depend; that which is pure and genuine.” At the same time, the NT uses ALETHEIA to center on Jesus Christ, as grace and truth came by Jesus Christ, John 1:17, who is Himself, “the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” John 14:6. It is also used for the Word of God, and with the girding of the loins it means, Bible Doctrine resident within the soul.
2 Peter 1:12, “Therefore, I shall always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in the truth which is present with you.”
Therefore, Paul compared the wide leather belt of the soldier to the “belt of truth” worn by the Christian who stands literally, “in the realm of truth.” The person who operates in the realm of the truth of God’s Word will not be defeated in battle.
Principles of Truth
As we have noted, truth is a part of the Christian’s armor of God. To have the armor of God, we must have the truth within us. Therefore, it is imperative that we learn and know the truth.
First of all, God is absolute truth or as we also call it, veracity, Ex 34:6; Psa 31:5; 89:14; Isa 65:16.
Psa 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; lovingkindness and truth go before You.”
It is one of His main attributes:
The 10 Major Attributes of God are:
S – Sovereignty
+R – Righteous
J – Justice
L – Love
EL – Eternal Life
OS – Omniscience (All Knowing)
OPt – Omnipotence (All Powerful)
Opr- Omnipresence (Everywhere)
I – Immutability (Unchanging)
V – Veracity (Absolute Truth)
God’s attributes have three major characteristics; they are Eternal, Functional, and Directional.
Truth is both an “absolute attribute” of God as part of His perfection, and a “relative attribute” being His Veracity.
“Absolute Attributes” mean they are inherent and intransitive to His being, (i.e., it does not require an object to complete its meaning). The “absolute attributes” are primary and incommunicable, (they cannot be related to something we understand). We do not come into contact with these. These attributes are most important in God’s relationship to God; they are not related to man.
“Relative Attributes” mean they are related to mankind and communicable, (we can define and understand them). They are also transitive, that means they express an action which is carried from the subject to an object, and they are anthropopathic, meaning that God often reveals Himself in terms of man’s experience and activities. Therefore, God reveals Himself to man only in terms of truth or veracity.
John 4:24, “God is a spirit; and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
Spirit and truth are both immaterial, yet we need both in order to know and walk with God, which He provides.
Heb 4:12, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Truth is defined as, “Conformity to knowledge, fact, actuality, or logic; fidelity to an original or standard; reality and actuality. It is a statement proven to be or accepted as true. It is sincerity; integrity; honesty. Truth is most commonly used to mean correspondence with facts or with what actually occurred.”
- That which is real, as compared to the fictional or imaginary. (The God of the Bible is the true God, while the gods of the heathen are vanity and nothing, mere imaginary beings, having neither existence nor attributes.)
- That which completely comes up to its idea, or to what it claims to be. (A true man is a man in whom the idea of manhood is fully realized. The true God is He in whom is found all that deity implies.)
- That in which the reality exactly corresponds to the manifestation. What you see is what you get. (God is true, because He really is what He declares Himself to be; because He is what He commands us to believe Him to be; and because all His declarations correspond to what really is.)
- That which can be depended upon, which does not fail, or change, or disappoint. (In this sense also God is true as He is immutable and faithful. His promises cannot fail; His Word never disappoints.)
Veracity is defined as, “Habitual adherence to the truth; conformity to truth or fact; accuracy; precision. Veracity implies factual accuracy and honesty, principally with respect to spoken or written expression.”
Veracity is that perfection of God, which makes all His actions and words conform to the truth. God is truth means He cannot lie because He is absolute truth, Num 23:19; Titus 1:2; Heb 6:18.
Titus 1:1-2, “Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness, 2in the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago.”
Heb 6:18, “So that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”
Veracity (a transitive word) is the truth of God in relationship to His creatures in general and to His people in particular, Psa 138:2; John 3:33; Rom 3:4.
Psa 138:2, “I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.”
John 3:33, “He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true.”
His veracity provides truth in His Word for us, 1 Kings 17:24.
1 Kings 17:24, “Then the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth’.”
God means what He says in all His revelation, including; mandates, promises, judgments, and warnings, Psa 19:9; 119:142, 151; Rev 16:7.
Psa 119:142, “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your law is truth.”
Psa 119:151, “You are near, O LORD, And all Your commandments are truth.”
Rev 16:7, “And I heard the altar saying, ‘Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments’.”
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I Welcome You to the Eternal Family of God !!!