Summary: The belt, breastplate & shoes of the armour of God. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• (1). The Belt of truth (vs 14a)
• (2). The Breastplate of Righteousness (vs 14b)
• (3). The shoes of peace (vs 15)
English prisoner of war joke.
• An English prisoner of war was held by the Germans.
• The Englishman had been shot all over his body.
• The good news was he was still alive;
• The bad news was the areas of his body were slowly being badly infected.
• One day a German doctor told the prisoner:
• "Englander, your arm is infected with gangrene we must cut it off."
• The English prisoner said,
• "Well, okay, but could you drop it over England when you go bombing."
• The German replied,
• "Ya, that vill not be a problem."
• A few weeks later the German doctor tells the Englishman;
• That they have to cut his other arm off.
• The Englishman says, "Well, could drop it over England like you did last time."
• "Ya, that will be done," says the German.
• A few weeks later the German doctor tells him that they have to cut his leg off.
• Once again the Brit says, "Well, could you do the same as before."
• The German replies, "Ya."
• A few weeks later the German doctor tells him tells him they have to cut off his other leg.
• "Well," begins the Brit, "could you just..."
• This time the German snapped back;
• "No we can’t! We think you are trying to escape!"
• When it comes to war I read a sad but interesting statistic this week;
• It is estimated that more than 14,500 wars have been fought from the year 3600 B.C.
• To present day—and that number keeps rising.
• In fact, during the same time period,
• There have been 5,305 years of war … and only 292 years of peace.
Now as you are no doubt aware from last week’s study:
• That Every Christian is in a war situation;
• Every Christian is called to fight the good fight.
• Verse 12 reminds us that the enemy we fight is not physical but spiritual;
• Quote: J.B. Philips translation of verse 12:
“For our fight is not against any physical enemy: it is against organisations and powers that are spiritual. We are up against the unseen power that controls this dark world, and spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.”
• Not only is our enemy a spiritual enemy;
• But the weapons we use to fight with are also spiritual.
• Now I am glad about that because if you do a study on physical armour;
• Looking up Bible references to armour, you would be very discouraged.
• e.g. You will find that Saul’s armour did not fit David;
• e.g. That Goliath’s armour was useless against David’s stone.
• e.g. You will discover that a stray arrow found a crack in Ahab’s armour,
• Killing the wicked king.
• So aren’t you glad we are called to wear the physical body armour;
• Like Saul, Ahab, or Goliath.
• Instead we are to put on the unfailing armour of God!
• Now this evening we are going to look at three pieces of that armour;
• And next week you will learn about the rest of the armour.
• But let me remind you and emphasise the fact;
• That we are called to wear the whole armour of God and not just some
• Twice in verse 11 and verse 13 the apostles emphasises:
• We are to wear all of the articles God provides if we want to be victorious!
• A footballer may enter the pitch in an immaculate new football strip;
• But if he left his boots back in the changing room he is in big trouble!
• That’s why the apostle Paul twice in verse 11 and verse 13 emphasises:
• We need to wear all of the articles God provides if we want to be victorious!
Now the apostle Paul uses Roman armour for his illustration here in Ephesians chapter 6:
• The reason for that is Paul who was writing from Rome.
• He was a prisoner when he wrote this letter.
• Many believe Paul wrote this letter in the company of Roman soldiers;
• Who were chained to him or at very least stood guard next to him.
• He would have seen these solders with their armour, swords and shields,
• And like all preachers he never missed up an idea for a sermon illustration.
• He knew that no soldier ever goes to war without being prepared.
• Likewise the Christian needs to be prepared for battle at all times.