Ephesians Sentence by Sentence: 6:13

διὰ τοῦτο ἀναλάβετε τὴν πανοπλίαν τοῦ θεοῦ, ἵνα δυνηθῆτε ἀντιστῆναι ἐν τῇ ἡμέρᾳ τῇ πονηρᾷ καὶ ἅπαντα κατεργασάμενοι στῆναι. Because of this, take up the full armor of God, that you might be able to resist in the day in the evil and overpowering everything to stand.

Paul continues his discussion of the armor of God after having declared that it will help equip his readers and listeners stand against the evil spiritual things in the heavenly places. He says, “For this reason, . . .” Paul is restating his command, namely, to withstand the schemes of the evil one. We can translate διὰ τοῦτο as “therefore” in this instance. Instead of commanding his readers and listeners to put on the full armor of God, Paul now commands them to take it up. The purpose of taking up the full armor of God is for equipment. Those who take up the armor of God will be able to resist in the evil day. Furthermore, Paul emphatically states that they are to stand after having overcome everything. They are to be equipped for the purpose of resisting and standing, but standing only comes after having become victorious. The infinitive, στῆναι, “to stand,” is functioning as a complementary infinitive to δυνηθῆτε, just as ἀντιστῆναι functions (ἀντιστῆναι and στῆναι are therefore parallel to each other in connection with the helping verb). The purpose of taking up the armor is to resist and stand. Paul understands that his readers and listeners will need God’s armor in order to resist in the evil day and to stand after resisting and overcoming absolutely everything.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, in order that you might be able to resist in the evil day and after overcoming to stand.

We need to equip ourselves with God’s armor. He makes it available to us for a reason. It is there so that we can be able to resist and stand victorious. Without such armor, we will be open and susceptible to attack. We would be vulnerable to the deceptive, spiritual schemes of the devil. We need God’s armor. It is our protection against such attacks. With it, we can be victorious. Without it, we will not be able to stand. Think about it. If a soldier goes to battle without his armor plating, boots, gas mask, rifle, and rounds, will he or she be able to withstand an attack from the enemy? Preparation is vital. Much like the soldier, Christians need to suit up. But God provides the armor. It is not our own armor that we take up. God provides us with what will be needed for resisting and standing. We must rely on God to supply us with what we will need. Clearly, the armor is not our own doing, but we must take responsibility to take what God provides for us and utilize it. Take his armor, resist the devil, and stand victorious.

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