Ephesian 6:10-20 states Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Paul the esteemed devote Apostle and follower of Christ, originally named Saul of Tarsus wrote the book of Ephesians during his arrest and imprisonment of two years in Caesarea Rome while awaiting trial. Accused of sedition, beaten, arrested, almost assassinated, shipwrecked, attacked by a snake and placed under house arrest: This arrest allowed him to reside in his own quarters, and come and go as he pleased, but required him to be constantly chained to a Roman Praetorian Guard. It was during this timeframe; Paul became very knowledgeable about the armor of the Roman Soldiers and implements of warfare belonging to the man to whom he was chained, we can see the seamless comparison Roman Soldiers armor to the scripture. (Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire, Vol. I, p. 159). (Gibbon)
The whole armor (panoplia, pan-op-lee'-ah) of Greek origin as being one word as opposed to two, meaning or signify that the armor was an all or nothing proposition. (Smith)
Then he tells us what the armor is for. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. So the armor is for us to take a stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. So it is not to be used against mankind. Unfortunately, the first thing some new Christian believers do is dawn the armor and begin to do battle with nonbelievers; just as bad are the Christian believers that ready themselves to do battle with other Christians. God through his words us explicit, precise and detailed guidance to thwart the devil and his influence. God's Word promises and guarantees us: James 4:7 "Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:8 submits yourselves therefore to God; Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. This promise, however, is aimed for those willing to "submit to God and is immediately followed with the instruction, "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you" the scripture also go on to say “Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” It is the love and the righteousness of God’s words that will ultimately destroy that Serpent known as Satan, the Devil. Hebrews 4:12-13-For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged...