Whole Armor of God
Ephesians 6:16-17 ESV
“The fourth piece of armor the Apostle Paul discusses is the shield of faith. He tells us to take up the shield of faith in order to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
For a Roman soldier, a shield was used as a form of protection. It was worn strapped to one’s arm and, at any time, it could be held up to deflect attacks. In addition, it could be used as an offensive weapon to knock enemies over with force.
Roman shields, depending on the type, could protect a good portion of the body. Especially in the Roman phalanx and legion formation, a soldier could protect most parts of his body with his shield (with the exception of the lower legs and feet). Some have concluded the shield was a long as a door protecting all your vital organs and guarding your heart.
During this time period in history soldiers would set arrows on fire as a battle tactic.
So why write and share scriptures about “Do Not Fear,” then to suit up putting on the “Whole Armor of God?” Because we can often forget that a spiritual battle wages around us every day (2 Corinthians 10:4) and if we don’t put on our armor, we leave ourselves in a vulnerable position on the spiritual battlefield.
Many have suggested these flaming arrows represent doubt. Others have said these flaming arrows (Psalm 7:13, Psalm 120:4) can represent anything that impedes our spiritual growth such as discontentment or fear.
1 Peter 3:13-15 ESV “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect…”