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What is the Armour of Christ?  Let’s start first, as with all things, with Holy Scripture:

Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world’s rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having the utility belt of truth buckled around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having fitted your feet with the preparation of the Good News of peace,  above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  with all prayer and requests, praying at all times in the Spirit, and being watchful to this end in all perseverance and requests for all the saints:  on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in opening my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the Good News,  for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.  [Ephesians 6:10-20]

When we read this we might be quick to think that we are to be doing all of the work.  For Paul does say for us to “put on” these pieces of the Amour of God.  Well that’s not exactly the case.  First of all we need to define what this legendary equipment is.  The Belt of Truth is Gods Truth [His Word].  This is what is needed to defend ourselves from all error and lies from the Devil.  The Breastplate of Righteousness is Christ’s Righteousness.  The sandals of the Gospel of Peace helps us to stand firm on the foundation of the Gospel of Christ.  The Shield of Faith is the faith given and preserved in baptism that protects us from the assaults of the Devil.  The Helmet of Salvation guards our mind with the assurance of salvation and Sword of the Spirit is the Holy Word of God.

This is Christ’s Armor and He has equipped you with this armor already.  In fact, read it again and realize that none of that stuff is anything that we do, it is all given to us through Christ.  It’s God’s Truth, Righteousness, Gospel, Faith, Salvation, Word.  These are Christ’s weaponry that He equips us with.  These are all defensive objects.  God has placed us in His armour and tells us to stay put.  As long as we stay where He places us we are safe.  This is much like when there is a terrible storm raging outside, we are safe inside, and so it is with the Armour.  As long as we stay in God’s armour, where He has placed us, we are safe from all of the attacks of the evil one.  With all of us believers equipped and protected we are encouraged to pray.  We are to come to God boldly as our dear Father and expect all good from Him as dear children and expect all these things from Him.  As the Lord taught us to Pray:

The Lord’s Prayer
As the head of the family should teach it in a simple way to his household.

Our Father who art in heaven.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
God would thereby [with this little introduction] tenderly urge us to believe that He is our true Father, and that we are His true children, so that we may ask Him confidently with all assurance, as dear children ask their dear father.

 

The First Petition.
Hallowed be Thy name.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
God’s name is indeed holy in itself; but we pray in this petition that it may become holy among us also.

 

How is this done?–Answer.
When the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity, and we as the children of God also lead holy lives in accordance with it. To this end help us, dear Father in heaven. But he that teaches and lives otherwise than God’s Word teaches profanes the name of God among us. From this preserve us, Heavenly Father.

 

The Second Petition.
Thy kingdom come.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
The kingdom of God comes indeed without our prayer, of itself; but we pray in this petition that it may come unto us also.

 

How is this done?–Answer.
When our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead a godly life here in time and yonder in eternity.

 

The Third Petition.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
The good and gracious will of God is done indeed without our prayer; but we pray in this petition that it may be done among us also.

 

How is this done?–Answer.
When God breaks and hinders every evil counsel and will which would not let us hallow the name of God nor let His kingdom come, such as the will of the devil, the world, and our flesh; but strengthens and keeps us steadfast in His Word and in faith unto our end. This is His gracious and good will.

 

The Fourth Petition.
Give us this day our daily bread.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
God gives daily bread, even without our prayer, to all wicked men; but we pray in this petition that He would lead us to know it, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

 

What is meant by daily bread?–Answer.
Everything that belongs to the support and wants of the body, such as meat, drink, clothing, shoes, house, homestead, field, cattle, money, goods, a pious spouse, pious children, pious servants, pious and faithful magistrates, good government, good weather, peace, health, discipline, honor, good friends, faithful neighbors, and the like.

 

The Fifth Petition.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
We pray in this petition that our Father in heaven would not look upon our sins, nor deny such petitions on account of them; for we are worthy of none of the things for which we pray, neither have we deserved them; but that He would grant them all to us by grace; for we daily sin much, and indeed deserve nothing but punishment. So will we verily, on our part, also heartily forgive and also readily do good to those who sin against us.

 

The Sixth Petition.
And lead us not into temptation.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
God, indeed, tempts no one; but we pray in this petition that God would guard and keep us, so that the devil, the world, and our flesh may not deceive us, nor seduce us into misbelief, despair, and other great shame and vice; and though we be assailed by them, that still we may finally overcome and gain the victory.

 

The Seventh Petition.
But deliver us from evil.

 

What does this mean?–Answer.
We pray in this petition, as in a summary, that our Father in heaven would deliver us from all manner of evil, of body and soul, property and honor, and at last, when our last hour shall come, grant us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this vale of tears to Himself into heaven.

 

Amen.

What does this mean?–Answer.
That I should be certain that these petitions are acceptable to our Father in heaven and heard; for He Himself has commanded us so to pray, and has promised that He will hear us. Amen, Amen; that is, Yea, yea, it shall be so.

Why name a website after this Armour?

There are numerous sites that you can visit that will empower you to have your best life now and believing that yes you can do anything though a verse that is taken out of context and had an eisegetical meaning crammed into it.  This is not that kind of site.  The purpose of this site is to echo God’s never-changing Truth in an ever-changing world; by properly handling God’s Holy Word.  Here you will get Jesus.  Just as you don’t do anything to merit your salvation, to make such armour, or to equip such armour; Jesus comes to you.  He came to you to take your sins on Himself on the cross, paid for them through His innocent and bitter suffering, left them in the grave, and rose on the third day for your Justification.  He comes to you through His Holy Word and Sacrament.  To wash you, save you from your sins, forgive you, and clothe you with His Righteousness through Holy Baptism and to forgive your sins and strengthen your faith in the Holy Eucharist.  He gives of Himself to save you and keep you; this is not of your own merit or works and this site will echo that Truth.  This site wont give you the subjective truth of the world but will give you the Truth of God because the Devil prowls constantly [1 Peter 5:8] so be a warrior and fight the good fight of faith [1 Timothy 6:12] fully equipped with the armour of Christ [Eph. 6: 10-20].

About the Author

 

Douglas is a confessional Lutheran theologian with over ten years of experience in teaching the Christian faith and leading people to Christ. He is also a loving husband and a caring father of three children. Over the years he has developed a unique way of presenting Christian apologetics that he hopes to deliver personally in each published article. He accomplishes this by speaking the truth of God’s Word, gently, lovingly, and compassionately, mirroring the love of Christ.