“Truth is missing, and whoever turns from evil is plundered. The Lord saw that there was no justice, and He was offended. He saw that there was no man – He was amazed that there was no one interceding; so His own arm brought salvation and His own righteousness supported Him. He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and He wrapped Himself in zeal as in a cloak.” Isaiah 59:15-17
When God’s patience runs out, He puts on His clothes and weapons of war. The well-known imagery of the Christian soldier in Ephesians is based on today’s passage.
“Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the World powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day and having prepared everything to take your stand. Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest, and your feet sandals with readiness for the gospel of peace. In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word.” Ephesians 6:10-17 (see: Psalm 18:9-15)
This vision is the same one that John gives of Messiah in Revelation 19:11-21 when he depicts Him as a Warrior who comes to judge the World at the last day. Simply put, God is displeased with injustice. Sin is at the root of injustice, and Satan is the root of all sin.
Our duty, to go into battle against His enemies, equipped with the full armor of God, is merely a reflection of Jesus Himself. His enemy is our enemy…and that enemy is a spiritual one. In fact, the armor the Bible commands us to don is spiritual in nature. Each piece is designed to protect in a specific way…but no one piece can comprehensively defend on its own. That is, our breastplate does not protect our head or feet; hence, the command to put on the FULL armor.
Notice that there is only one piece of armor among all these defensive items, which is used for offense: The Sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word. And Who is God’s Word? Jesus.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with him in the beginning, and apart from Him, not one thing was created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:1-5 (see also: John 1:14)
The believer is equipped for defense, but our power to OVERCOME is the same source as Isaiah describes today. We go through the motions of obedience, but Jesus provides the victory. Where we cannot defend against sin and Satan, Jesus completely destroys!
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