When I use to hear these verses I felt as thought it was a step by step process I had to go through each and every day to be ready to fight the enemy. God has taken me deeper however into this and really began to open up my eyes to show me that these weapons were already provided by him, that we just need to sink into that which we already have and not turn it into a step by step work.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the devil’s schemes.
Put on-in the greek means Enduo: to clothe or be clothed in, in the sense of sinking into a garment
Full armor means a complete set, full armor lacking nothing for protection
So: pros (preposition): toward, at, nearness at, accession to (in view of, in light of) toward (denotes motion toward a place)
that you will be able is the greek word dunamai (verb) to be able, to have power
To Stand firm is the greek histemi (verb): cause to stand, establish, hold up
which is from tithemi: To place, lay, set, fix, establish
*Like you plant your feet unmovable, you stand
Against is again the word pros (preposition): toward, at, nearness at, accession to (in view of, in light of) toward (denotes motion toward a place)
The schemes is the greek word Methodeia: to employ craft, deceit
It is from the root word meta: with after, among
And hodeuo (verb): travel, journey base word hodos (noun)road, way journey, route
**The only other verse this word Methodeia is used in is Ephesians 4:14
As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all [aspects] into Him who is the head, Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Satan in the greek means the accuser, slander, defamer (diablo)
After looking into the greek I see this
Sink into the complete armor of God, so that you are able to stand firmly planted, immovable in light of the accusations and lies of the enemy.
What a beautiful picture is that? Sinking into the complete armor, sinking into all we need to be protected from the enemy, all we need to stand on the victory that Jesus won for us. Lets keep digging.
Ephesians 6:12-Four our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual [forces] of wickedness in the heavenly.
Struggle is the greek word pale-wrestle, from pallo to sway
Is not against is again the greek word pros (see above)
Flesh is the greek word sarka-flesh (as stripped of the skin) human origin or empowerment
And blood is the greek word-haima: of men or animals
The rulers is the greek word archas-magistrate, power, principality, from root archomai-I begin, commence, rule
The powers is the greek word exousias-power to act, authority, jurisdiction, from exesti-privledge, force, freedom, mastery, delegated influence, authority
The world forces is from kosmos and krateo: a world-ruler, Satan
Darkness is the greek word skotos-from the base of skia-shadiness
The spiritual is the greek word pneumatikos-spiritual from pneuma: non-carnal, spirit, wind
wickedness is the greek word poneria: laborious trouble and toil from poneros
in the heavenly is the greek word celestial, heavenly, high, from epi and ouranos: above the sky
When we look at those words I see this,
Our struggle is not against each other, flesh and blood, but against the rulers and powers of death, against the world ruler of death, against spiritual toil and labor in the heavenly.
We can have life or death in this world. If you haven’t ready my post on Life vs. Death you may want to go check it out as it will help give you a better understanding of these words. Click here. We are not at war against each other, but against the system that wants us to walk in death and not the life we have been given. The system that wants us to toil and labor even though we are already seated in the heavenliness with Jesus at Gods right hand.
Ephesians 6:13 Stand firm therefore, Having Girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
Stand firm is the greek word histemi: cause to stand, hold up
Having girded is the greek word perizonnumi-pulled up my robes and fastened them to my belt so I can freely move and run.
Your loins means your reproductive center (what is reproduced from you)
With truth-Jesus did it all, it is finished. Run with that.
Having put on the is the greek word enduo put, sense of sinking into a garment
The breastplate: protects the chest down to the hips (heart/emotions)
The breastplate is also referred to in 1 Thes 5:8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.
Here the breastplate is spoken of as faith and love.
Of righteousness is from the greek word dikaios: equity of character or act, justification
So with this in mind it looks a little more like this:
Stand firm, immovable, feet planted, freely able to move, having what is reproduced from you guarded with the truth, sink into the assurance of Daddy’s faith and love in your heart/emotions which testifies to our equity of character, our righteousness and justification.
When we stand firm, we are immovable. When we understand our righteousness and justification our feet our firmly planted and our heart and emotions are guarded with the truth of who we are.
Ephesians 6:14 And having shod Your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
And having shod: hupodeo-put on my feet
Preparation is the greek word hetoimasia-foundation, firm footing, readiness, from hetoimazo: make ready, prepare
Of the gospel: good news
Of peace is the greek word Eirene-peace of mind, one, rest, quietness
Feet back then were how people traveled. They lead them down the paths they would take. So with that in mind:
And having put on my feet the foundation, firm footing of the good news, peace of mind, rest.
We prepare ourselves for the journey placed before us by putting on the rest of the Lord, by allowing ourselves to walk in the peace of mind only Jesus can give.
As always please don’t just take my word for it, dig in for yourselves. We all have the same holy spirit and he is the best teacher. Get yourself a good lexicon and concordance there are many that are free online, bible hub.com, blueletterbible, or you can get it the old fashioned way via a book. I have both I like a hardcover book any day. I like to look at several also, Strongs, Strong’s exhaustive, NAS exhaustive, and Thayers Greek Lexicon are typically what I use.
So for a recap:
Sink into the complete armor of God, so that you are able to stand firmly planted, immovable in light of the accusations and lies of the enemy. Our struggle is not against each other, but against the rulers and powers that bring death, against the world ruler of death, against spiritual toil and labor in the heavenly. Stand firm, immovable, feet planted, freely able to move without hinderance having what is reproduced from you guarded with the truth, sink into the assurance of Daddy’s faith and love in your heart/emotions which testifies to our equity of character, our righteousness and justification and having put on my feet the foundation, firm footing of the good news, peace of mind, rest.
We will continue this study in further posts.
Daddy I thank you for each and every person that will read these words, I pray that you would ignite in them a passion to walk in your rest. That they would put off the heavy burdens or trying to put on the armor themselves and would rest in your ability alone to fully protect us from the lies of our opposer. May we always remember who the true enemy is and may we walk in love with our brothers and sisters. Amen.