The first three chapters of Ephesians tell us of the riches we have in Christ. It would be difficult to meditate too much on these riches. Then we come to two-and-a-half "obedience" chapters. Now we have teaching on war, real war, deadly war. Notice that verse 10 and 13 both say "Put on the full armor." The emphasis is on the wholeness, the completeness of the armor, "so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes." He, the devil, is not stronger than the armor of God, but he is wily enough to hit us where there is no armor.
When I get defeated, it is not because the devil is stronger but because I am uncovered, or it is because I think the enemy is flesh and blood (some person) instead of the real enemy.
Same Page Summer Bible Reading
Written November 1982.