“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand on the evil day, and have done all, to stand.”
Paul was a great missionary and went around planting churches everywhere. This particular letter he wrote to the church in Ephesus. Paul had planted this church and then came back later and stayed with the church at Ephesus for 3 years.
Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians because he wanted to remind them about the incredible gifts God had given them and to encourage them to use them.
One area of gifting that God provided to the Ephesians and all believers, is the armor of God. Paul wrote that this armor was necessary because the spiritual battle is not against flesh and blood (mankind), but against satan and all the powers of darkenss in the heavenly places.
Therefore, Paul wrote in verse 13 to put on this armor so that a believer can stand up in this spiritual battle and defeat the enemy.
He goes on in the following verses to explain what the armor consists of; truth, righteousness, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer.
We can encourage our children to put these on every day before they walk out the door into the world.
Now you know the story behind Ephesians 6:13.
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