“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
— Ephesians 6:13
In Ephesians, Paul shows us the treasures hidden for us in Christ—redemption in our Savior resulting in eternal life. But as Paul finishes this epistle, he warns us that before we enter into Heaven’s gates, we shall experience great tribulation, the protracted spiritual warfare that faces every Christian. Our antagonists are not flesh and blood, but spiritual, invisible, and powerful. These principalities are the world rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.
On our own, we can’t fight and win against such foes. We need, first of all, strength beyond our own. We need Christ to strengthen us through His own might. Second, Paul exhorts us to take unto ourselves the whole armor of God that we may stand in the evil day. The watchword is “stand.” Stand against the wiles of the Devil, withstanding all of his onslaught. And having done all, when the battle has ended and our foes lie strewn in the field, we shall stand victorious as overcomers for Christ.
Are you facing a battle today? Then clothe yourself in the armor of Light, every piece of which is Jesus Christ Himself. Clothed in His might and armor, you may go forth into battle, not merely to preserve your own soul from loss but also to win the multitudes of this world into Christ’s kingdom that their knees may bow before the cross and they may proclaim Him as Lord and King of all.