. . . above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. (Eph 6:16, emphasis added)
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (1 Joh 5:4, emphasis added)
We see that the Bible mentions a “shield of faith” in Ephesians chapter six. This is quite an important concept, when you think and meditate upon it. Shields were used to in ancient times to block attacks from hand-held weapons like swords as well as from projectile weapons such as arrows.
The shield can also symbolize steadfast principles, commitment, loyalty and protection, which are afforded to us by taking up the spiritual “Shield of Faith” in Christ Jesus, our Savior. This spiritual shield protects our hearts and minds from the attacks of the enemy which are designed to rob us of peace and joy. Our spiritual shield also enables us to persevere in times of trials and crisis.
Cling to your confession of faith, brothers and sisters! Heed Romans 10:8-9:
But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. (SOS 2:4 NKJV)
In the Bible, many times when the word banner is used, it is referring to a flag. Armies carry flags and kingdoms display flags to identify and declare several things:
- The identity of the King who rules in a certain country and in whose name a particular army fights;
- The identity of the kingdom to whom an army has pledged its loyalty and steadfastness;
- The identity of the kingdom that has supplied (and will continue to supply) an army;
- The identity of the King and the kingdom which will protect an army or a country.
In the instance of the verse shown at the top of this article, the word banner has additional implications to those mentioned above:
- The King signified by this banner is King Jesus (the King of Kings and Lord of Lords), who has established His banner, authority, and might in LOVE;
- The Kingdom that displays this banner of love not only supplies food, armaments, and other supplies but it also supplies grace to its army and to its people;
- This banner represents a Kingdom of loveliness, security, unity, and loyalty;
- One of the seven names of God, Jehovah Nissi, means “The Lord our Banner.” (Exodus 17:14-15) The Bible reminds us that God is love. (1 Joh 4:8, 16b) Praise the Lord that His banner over us is love!
In John Gill’s Exposition on Song of Solomon 2:4, he says: “ . . . the covenant of grace and the Scriptures of truth may be thought of as a banqueting house, well stored with blessings, and promises, and rich provisions; which, to be led and let into, is a singular kindness . . .”
As the children of God, we are a blessed people and I recommend thinking about this at length.