Presentation on theme: "The Armor of God Ephesians 6:10 - 18. “ be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Chained between praetorians Only undefeated Germans Germanicus."— Presentation transcript:
The Armor of God Ephesians 6:
“ be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Chained between praetorians Only undefeated Germans Germanicus commissioned Imitators world conquerors Alexander and Constantine
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand
14: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
Loins Expensive fine chain mail girt loins tight enough so stop a sword
Area of Attack Loins - fights dirty Armor - girt tight Metal linked tightly
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Called lorica segmentata Steel plate armor riveted together secure enough to withstand sword slashes but with enough play between the plates that the armor would flex when the legionary moved Segmented Plate Cuirass and Body Armour
Area of Attack Heart - breaks it Armor - flexible steel My heart is fixed - sing...
16: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Long curved rectangular shield or scutum Advantage shields could be held edge to edge to form a testudo, which provided armored protection with good coverage for a group of men. Shield
Area of Attack Whole person-anywhere Armor - Metal wall Kneel, link and safe
The fiery darts of the wicked “That burns me up!” “I’m burned out.” “ … hot under the collar.”
17: And take the helmet of salvation, Brass Lead Wool
Area of Attack Head Armor - Helmet Protects mind
Helmet - 3 Attitudes 1. Brass - Brazen toward sin Hardened by impurities 2. Lead - Separation from sin Pliable but impervious 3. Wool - Sacrifice for sin Cushions blows
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Short thrusting Sword (gladius) Close ordered, disciplined troops fighting as a team Shoulder to shoulder for twenty minutes at a time When brought down a Roman soldier, another of his brethren immediately stepped forward to fill his spot. When the twenty minute period finished, the legionary fell back and rested, to be replaced with a fresh man.
Gladius was 18 to 24 inches in length Double edged - Hehrews 4:12 Parallel sided. Blade tapered to a point Grip was terminated with a large ball shaped pommel.
Only Offensive Weapon Others mocked the small 18” sword but a short, powerful thrust going a few inches into a man was much more deadly, though less dramatic, than the wide, energy wasting slashes made by an individual warrior. (3/1 Wound Ratio) “Ha, that didn’t hurt…” My word shall not return unto me void” Double edged, Layered steel, Surgically sharp - Heb 4:12
15: And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Custom formed leather boots superior to the cheap leather walking sandals Excessive wear caused mutinous legions to demand "nail money" upon the accession of the Emperor Tiberius. The money would ostensibly be used to replace the worn out sandals. Feet Shod
Area of Attack Feet - Trips you up Armor - Custom shod Supports your weakness
18: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Area of Attack Brothers & Sisters Armor - Prayer On constant watch