16: The Armor of God (Eph 6:10-24)
exhortations on daily conduct, Paul now speaks of Christians as soldiers of
Christ. We are told that we are in a state of constant warfare (6:12; 2Cor 10:4;
1Pet 5:8). Coming at the end of the epistle, this passage provides an important
epilogue for readers to study and to apply in their lives so that they will not
be defeated and lose their blessings in the body of Christ.
“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.” (6:13)
Did You Know…?
(6:11): The Greek word panoplia, from which comes the
English word “panoply,” refers to the complete outfit of a soldier.
Tychicus (6:21) was a representative
of Paul and the bearer of this epistle.
Were you ever bullied when you
were in school? A child submits to a bully in school when he thinks that no one
can help him, not his friends, his teachers nor his
parents. Knowing this, can you appreciate why Paul seems to repeat himself in
verse 10—“in the Lord and in the power of His might”?
What are the commands of verses
10 and 11, respectively? How do they relate to each other?
Why do we need to put on the
whole armor of God?
For each of the pieces of the
armor, write down what it represents and explain the meaning of the
representation in chart C. Spend time to think about and discuss the
application of these teachings.
What does the “whole” in “whole
armor of God” suggest (11)?
What can we learn from 18 and
19 about what to pray for and the attitude in prayer?
Why is Paul an ‘ambassador in
8. Typical of Paul, he ends his epistle with
words of concern and blessing for the brethren. The letter is personally
delivered by Tychicus who was sent to encourage the
hearts of the Ephesians. There are two phrases which are unique to and apt for
this epistle—love with faith (23) and love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity
(24). Discuss why these phrases apply so well to this letter. Also discuss how
these values can be applied to our lives.