Modern   Soldier's   Ephesians 6

By Monk Preston                                                   (Co-Founder & President, The Prayer Foundation

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Photo: of a modern soldier in modern armor. "Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."  (II Timothy 2:3,4)

The Full Armor of God

It is believed by many that when Paul wrote about the full armor of God, he was making his spiritual point while describing the armor and weaponry of a Roman soldier of the time (perhaps one who was standing guard over Paul at the time!).  To we who live in modern times, swords and shields have a romantic quality (think of King Arthur and Robin Hood) that would not have occurred to the Christians of Paul's time.  The following "modern" rendition of Ephesians Chapter 6:14-18 may help us to put Paul's words more into the historical context in which they were written.

A Version of Ephesians 6:14-18 for Modern Soldiers

"Stand therefore, having your waist girded about with the cartridge belt of truth, and having on the flak-jacket of righteousness: and your feet shod with the combat boots of the preparation of the gospel of peace.  Above all, taking the air-cover of faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery incoming missiles of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the automatic rifle of the Spirit, which is the Word of God: maintaining constant contact with Command Central by praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching with all perseverance and supplication for all your fellow soldiers..."  ___________________________________________________

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