The armor of light (Rom 13:12) and the whole armor of God (Eph 6:11) are synonymous terms. The armor enables us to cast off the works of darkness and to stand securely (endure) by faith in the Gospel of Peace.
Why do we need armor? Because we’re engaged in a daily battle with evil. We need to stand firm and to resist the attacks of the devil.
This is a battle that requires our dedication and steadfastness. It requires us to sacrifice our own desires and goals. We are soldiers of the cross of Jesus Christ, and we were drafted into this army upon our salvation.
All of the armor is defensive except the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God. The sword is the one offensive weapon to use against the enemy. With it we can be victorious over his attacks.
All of the other armor is intended to aid us in our Christian life and walk. According to the Scripture verses shown in these notes, the armor of light includes:
- Belt of Truth
- Breastplate of righteousness; breastplate of faith and love (Isa 59:17; Eph 6:14; 1 Thes 5:8)
- Helmet of salvation (the hope of salvation)
- Shoes of the preparation of the gospel of peace
- Shield of Faith
- Sword of the Spirit—the Word of God
Two possible additions might be suitable—although not often named as part of the whole armor of God:
- A cloak of zeal (Isa 59:17)
This cloak represents our enthusiasm and passion for the battle. It’s fitting for us to feel a keenness and fervor to bring glory and honor to our God.
- Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Eph 6:18)
As we know, the Bible reminds us that man ought always to pray and not to faint. (Lk 18:1) Prayer is a significant tool in our arsenal that we must wield with skill and wisdom.
For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head;
He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak. (Isa 59:17)
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— (Eph 6:14-18)
Watch for the next article which discusses how to employ the Armor of Light.