From Help for Shepherds
We can only survive this life by standing where God puts us.
How to Get There
- "Stand" is mentioned four times in these verses. Everything else in the armor is meant to help the believers to stand firm.
- This is a military term, and a Roman military image at that. The Roman military was best known for their firm battle lines and their good defenses from interlocking shields.
- In any military compaign, being where the general orders is crucial.
- In our situation, the armor is to help us better stand exactly where God puts us, both as individuals and as a church.
Things to Watch For
- The armor of God mentioned in this passage is corporate, referring to the entire Church. Make sure you understand how corporate actions fit the armor mentioned here.
- Notice that there is no mention of advancing or attacking here, but only standing where we are told to be.
- There are several different Greek words for “stand” used here. One is staying in the same place firmly, the other is to be upright. Make sure you know the difference between them and where they are used.
- This is a military metaphor. You will need to have an understanding of how “standing” relates to the military and armies in general, both historic and present.
- Discipline is crucial to this passage as a concept, more research on the Roman Army's techniques and what it was known for would be good.
- A modern or nearly modern illustration of being in the right place or the wrong place when in an army might help bring this alive.
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This Message is part 2 of The Armor of God message series.