Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
 11  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
.12  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
   11 – The whole armor The armor is different because, in v12, the battle is different.
   12 – Rulers of the darkness See jn1231; ep0202. Before the coming of Jesus, the occult will be have a stronger influence 2th0208,9, re1614, re1313. I believe we see this now.
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  12 – In high places Translated “in heavenly places” elsewhere. See on ep0103. The wickedness may be in places of authority or by leaders who pretend to sit with Christ presuming to have His authority. I prefer the latter.
.13  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
 15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
 16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
.17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

  13 – Wherefore See v12. Take It is available for those who want it. Whole armour to be fully prepared to stand re0617.
  14 – Truth We put it on and not just have it on the shelf. With truth about God applied to the life jn1703, all else falls into place. 1co0508, 2co0714, 2co1110, ph0118, ep0509, jn0832.
  14 – Brestplate of righteousnessis5917, 1th0508. The bullet-proof vest. The full righteousness is what Christ does in us as well as for us 1jo0109, co0206, ro0117.
  15 – Feet shod Roman soldiers needed good sandals. They also wore greaves. The word appears “only in 1Sa 17:6, a piece of defensive armour (q.v.) reaching from the foot to the knee.” (Eastons Bible Dict.) The soldier of Christ would would need to stand firm v13. Elsewhere feet walk to carry the gospel is5207, ro1015.
  16 – Above all Or, in some manuscripts, “in addition to all.”
  16 – Shield of faith By faith is victory 1jo0504. Also he1106. In these days there are many fiery darts of twisted doctrine ac2029 as well as temptations 1co1013.
  17 – Sword … is word of Godis4902. The Greek  for “word” is from rhema meaning “something spoken.” so the sword is more than the Scriptures. Because all scripture is inspired 2ti0316, what is spoken is in harmony with truth. It could also be the words of a prophet. The primary meaning is the Bible as defined in our verse.
 18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
 19 ¶ And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
.20  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
  18 – Praying always Or “on every occasion.” How important, in the battle of life, to stay in communication with our commander. We need to commit our lives to Christ in the morning but then renew the contact as we move through the day. 1th0517.
  18 – Perseverance So important, particularly for overcoming and supplication for others.
  20 – In bonds Literally “in a chain.” Bound to Christ.
  20 – Boldly Consider ga0220.
.21  But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
 22  Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.
 23  Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
 24  Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen. <<To the Ephesians written from Rome, by Tychicus.>>
  21 – Know my affairs He was in prison writing in about A.D. 62. Compare co0407.
  21 – Tychicus Also named in ac2004, co0407, 2ti0412, tt0312. Probably an Ephesian.
  21 – Minister From diakonos meaning waiter, deacon. See ep0307, mr0935.
  23 – Peace As in ep0102.
  23 – Brethren Or all the congregation.
  24 – Sincerity Literally, “not corrupt” 1co1542


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