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Jesus Is The Armor Of God

JESUS is the truth and the standard by which all things hold together (John 14:6).

JESUS is the righteousness, humanity’s only hope before God for acquittal of sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). He protects us from the wages of sin: death (Romans 6:23).

JESUS is the gospel of peace, who from Heaven ventured to earth to reconcile humanity to God by absorbing the hostility of sin that once divided the two (Ephesians 2:14).

JESUS is the object of our faith, which gives us highest defense of our acquittal before God. Our faith is not measured by how much faith we exert, but in whom we place our faith (1 John 5:10-12).

JESUS is salvation, the only way to God (Acts 4:12), in whom our entire worldview is conceived, by whom we understand reality, and from whom we receive every life application.

JESUS is the Word of God (John 1:1), the Word literally made flesh (John 1:14), the exact imprint of God’s nature (Hebrews 1:3), the message incarnated for our behalf, to see, hear, feel, and know, and whose message is “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow” (Hebrews 4:12).

Jesus is the armor of God. In Him, we have the strongest defense against the enemy: right standing before God. In Him, we have the best mediator, strongest leader, and most powerful judge. In Him, we have peace with God. In Him, we have the word of God, the standard of truth, despite the relative and changing world. We fight Satan and temptation well when we trust in and relish in who Jesus is and what He has done for us. When we taste the sweetness of Him, we will find sin increasingly more bitter.

Paul says the armor is from God for a reason. Jesus is from God, to be our armor of God, for the purpose of our being effective ambassadors for God.

So, then, “put on” Jesus Christ. (See Romans 13:12–14; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:9–14; 1 Corinthians 15:50–54; 1 Thessalonians 5:8.)

—Austin Gentry, condensed

You will never fight against sin and win until you first make a General out of the One who has fought sin and won.