Pray that the saints would learn to fight the spiritual warfare by putting on the whole armor of God so that they can stand against all the stratagems of the devil (Eph. 6:11-13 and notes 111 and 112).
Eph. 6:11-13—Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil, for our wrestling is not against blood and flesh but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenlies. 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.
Eph. 6:111—On the positive side, in the first five chapters [of Ephesians] the church is portrayed in many ways for the fulfilling of God’s eternal purpose. On the negative side, the church is seen here as a warrior for the defeating of God’s enemy, the devil. To defeat God’s enemy, we need to put on the whole armor of God. “Put on” is an imperative, a command. God has provided the armor for us, but He does not put it on for us. Rather, we ourselves must put it on, exercising our will to cooperate with Him.
Eph. 6:112—To fight the spiritual warfare, we need not only the power of the Lord but also the armor of God. Our weapons do not avail, but God’s armor, even the whole armor of God, does avail.
The whole armor of God is for the entire Body of Christ, not for any individual member of the Body. The church is a corporate warrior, and the believers are parts of this unique warrior. Only the corporate warrior, not any individual believer, can wear the whole armor of God. We must fight the spiritual warfare in the Body, not as individuals.
Hymns, #887, stanzas 1-2:
The name of Jesus is our stand,
It is our victory;
Not on ourselves do we rely,
But, mighty Lord, on Thee.
Our weapons are not arms of flesh,
But ours the Spirit’s sword,
And God’s whole armor putting on,
We battle in the Lord.
Behold, the foe doth meet and plot,
Stand firm in one accord!
Though war be fierce and darkness thick,
Resist him in the Lord!
If one thru fear should backward turn,
He undermines the rest.
Oh, do not let your brothers down,
Nor by you be distressed.
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