Throughout the Pauline epistles we find the phrase, put on Christ or some variation. When we here this we think of ‘The Amour of God‘ from Ephesians. But it has a deeper meaning then what we have been taught. What I have found in my studies will bless you as it has been blessing me. Some of us can recite Ephesians 6: 10- 20 with no problem and many yet can draw us a picture and show us what it looks like from the amour of a Roman guard, formed from where Paul got his inspiration from. But as the Holy Spirit was dealing with me about an issue in my life He dropped this into my spirit with such a force as only He can do. And it just wouldn’t let me go. As always, I will give it to you as the Holy Spirit gave it to me.
I was in my normal study time, I started with 1 Peter 5: 8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour:” then the Lord echoed this my spirit, “Be vigilant.”. We already know that soldiers are vigilant, because when you stand vigilant you stand on the guard and every watchful. Now that the Lord had my attention, I was taken to Ephesians 6, the Amour of God passage where He had me to look at what we are to put on; truth and righteousness in verse 14, peace in verse 15, faith in verse 16, and salvation and the Spirit in verse 17. The Lord brought these out to me for a reason that at the time I couldn’t see until He caused me to run the scriptural reference. Look at what I found.
Having your loins girt about you with TRUTH, go to John 14: 6 where the Lord Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father but by Him. Connect the dots, Jesus is the truth we are to put on. Girt is past tense of gird which means to encircle or fasten. I thought I knew where the loins were but after looking them up in the dictionary I now know that it is our pubic region and our reproductive area. So it would seem that, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, when the Apostle Paul is giving us the command to get dress out in the Lord Jesus the first garment is for us to place our manhood and lady parts in Christ for their proper use.
Having on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS, takes us to 1 Corinthians 1: 30. But of Him are we in Christ Jesus, Who God made for to our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption. Which means that when we are in Christ we have a right standing with God. Now this right standing that we have with God is placed on our heart because that’s what the breastplate guards. The breast is where the seat of emotion and where thoughts are birthed. In Christianity we call this the heart of man. The next piece of clothing in our Christian wear is our right standing with God through the Cross of Christ.
Feet shod with preparation of the gospel of PEACE, because of our justification through faith in Christ Jesus we have peace God. Romans 5: 1 show where our peace comes from. Before our justification, we were at enmity with God not the other way around as some would tell us. That’s why Word of God tells us that God so loved us that He gave. This verse goes to prove that God wants us to seek His Face. To shod in an old fashion way of saying put your shoes on, that’s it. The Holy Spirit is telling us to walk in the good news of the peace that we have with God through Christ and Him Crucified.
Let see where the LORD has us. Go over to Romans 13: 11- 14 and understand that this is a call to action. Twice this passage told us to put on: Put on the amour of light and put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Now I’m going to put this to where the babes can get to it. We have our pants on so now we are not doing ‘that’ anymore. Our mind, thoughts, emotions, and feelings are in right standing with God. We have on our shoes of faith so that we can walk in the peace that was purchased for us at the Cross. So now we have three more pieces of amour so we can go to battle for the Cause of Christ.
Taking the shield of FAITH, makes more sense if we have something to hang our faith on. We make our faith so complicated and spooky. When somebody asks you, “Okay, being a Christian, what do you believe in?” If say more than I believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross of Calvary to save me from eternity in hell and He did the same for you if you believe, than you probably don’t have the faith that God will honor. And you need to check yourself. Hebrews 11: 1, is a notable quotable but do you really know what it means? This is what I got: Faith is to take the reality of what Christ Jesus did at the Cross and make it real in my heart. The shield is what is used to hide with when the battle gets a little hot and heavy. How else do you expect to live, Habakkuk 2: 4.
Take the helmet of SALVATION, which is our Lord Jesus. The ministry of Jesus was to save us from our Sin Nature. While watching my father clean and repack his ruck sack, I asked him a crazy question, “What is your helmet for?” He told me to put on, so I did. Then he made sure it was on securely; it was sort of uncomfortable and cumbersome. After a few minutes he told me to pass him something that was behind me, I turned and he hit me in the head; hard. With a little bit of ringing in my ears I retreated to place far away from him. Then I saw what he had used, it was his little shovel. “Son, this shovel can crack your skull wide open with just that one blow but the helmet gave you enough protect to get out of the line of fire and think about what’s your next plan of action.” The enemy is coming for our heads and we need to have Christ on the brain so we can have enough sense to get out and plan the attack.
The sword of the SPIRIT, which is the word of God. The Word was made into flesh and dwelt among us, John 1: 14. A sword is used for both defense and offense. But when to use it? Well there the rub, use Him all the time. I have personally found that we worship an all weather God. What do you need, He’s got it. Paul found out that there’s enough in Christ for all our needs, 2 Corinthians 12: 9. The help that comes from God in the name of Jesus is sufficient, good enough. And just so you know, it takes a humble vessel to wheeled this sword. There is no room for arrogance in the combat because battle is not ours.
Look at verse Ephesians 6: 12, “For we wrestle not with flesh and blood … but against spiritual wickedness in high places.” When it’s time for battle; you have to have your shoes laced up tight, your belt on right, put something in you hands and put your helmet on right and tight cause it’s going to be a long night. The Word of God is very clear about the fact that we need to put on the Lord Jesus, but I know where we fall short, Jesus isn’t gonna feel right if we still have on our old man or woman. I would like wearing a new suit with same funky, nasty drawers on, but think they are our lucky drawers. After awhile the stench of the old clothes will come through, and now you look good but nobody wants to be around you.
Colossians 3: 5- 10, tell us to mortify and put away our old ways, put off the old self with his deeds and then put on the new man which know is Christ Jesus. I know it sounds hard, well that’s because we like to do the old deeds. I know, I am still pulling off the old man but I am replacing him with the New Man. Be vigilant because the enemy is waiting for a shot to take us out but I thank God for allowing me the chance to to put on the Lord.