The Armor of God
What is Armor?
Do you know what armor is ?[Teacher, print the word for the class to
see. Give an opportunity for response. If possible, build on
children’s answers.] Armor is a special kind of suit worn for
protection. Today deep-sea divers wear a kind of ‘armor.’
Spacesuits can be considered armor. Even football players wear a
type of armor.
During the time the New Testament was written, Roman soldiers
wore armor to protect themselves in battle. In Ephesians 6, the
pieces of a Roman soldier’s armor are used as an object lesson to
help you and me understand the protection God offers us in our
battle against Satan.
Where to Find Out About the Armor of God
Ephesians 6:10 - 18 tells us about it. As Christians we are to be
‘strong in the Lord and in the power of His might’ by putting on 'the
whole armor of God’ (6:10,11). We need to do this to 'stand against
the wiles [all the tricky schemes] of the devil’ (v 11).
Why Christians Need Armor
The Devil is God’s enemy. And ours! He’s not eternal — as God is.
He doesn’t know everything — but he knows a lot! He can’t be in
more than one place at a time; but Satan has a whole army of
demons, and they can be many places at many times. They are
always active in fighting against God and His children.
Satan is not as powerful as God, but he is a strong enemy. He is
more powerful than you and I. The only way we can defeat him is to
fight God’s way. We are soldiers in God’s army — an army that isn’t
fighting against other soldiers — that’s what ‘flesh and blood’
means. Rather, we fight against Satan and his armies — ‘spiritual
hosts [armies] of wickedness in the heavenly places’ (v 12).
How can we ever protect ourselves against Satan and his armies?
How can we win the battle? God, our Commander-in-Chief, tells us
exactly what to do, and that is where the armor of God comes in.
God has provided this ‘suit of armor’ — wonderful protection to
defend us (v.13) and an offensive weapon which, if used corre