]10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.
21 Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing
6:10-13 Paul is explaining something that we sometimes lose sight of
and that is the fact that our current physical battles in life are also very
rooted in the spiritual battle that we face daily. When we realize that we
are engaged in a spiritual battle, against forces that seek our destruction,
we rely on a strength that is not of our own to combat this evil. The
realization of Christ as this strength enables us to battle in both the
physical and the spiritual.
6:14-17 Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Shoes of the
readiness of the gospel of peace, Shield of Faith, Helmet of Salvation,
Sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. The full armor of God as
described by Paul is one that cannot protect if only worn one piece at a
time. Putting the full armor of God on will protect and enable a sense of
boldness as we know that we are secure and strengthened, much like a
knight who readies himself for battle. He must put on his armor to ensure
his safety and in the completion of putting on this armor, he feels the
strength and boldness to run into battle. We will also feel this boldness to
do battle against the powers of evil as we become fully equipped with the
full armor of God.
6:18-20 The activation of the armor for God comes through the intense
and constant prayers that we lift up for ourselves and for one another.
We are equipped and strengthened in the armor of God when we pray in
the Spirit. Much like that of a general who rallies his troops to battle when
they approach him for his commands; we are the servant army before the
Lord praying, “what will you have us do?” The Lord’s answer will be the
commissioning of us to boldly move forward proclaiming the wonderful
mystery and hope of the gospel.
6:21 Paul leaves no questions unanswered as he always does sending
someone to aid those he has left behind.