PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD
"Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Eph. 6:11).
The verb put on in the Greek text is in the Aorist 1 tense, which means that is done once some time in the past and never repeated again. This is consistent with many things of this nature that were done by Christ and completed in the past on the cross. Also, this is consistent with the appropriation of these things completed in us at our Spirit birthing sometime in the past. Paul is really declaring that we once then "put on the whole armor of God" (Eph. 6:11). The putting on of the whole armor of God was done by God's part once for us at our Spirit birthing. However, since our mind was not fully renewed at salvation, we may not have been yet taught of the Spirit of what was once then completed at that time. First, our mind has to be renewed to the truth that we have all of Christ's empowerment, might, and strength within us. Second, with His renewed mind in us, we allow that truth to be expressed in and through us with a conscious choice, as we once then put on the whole armor of God at our salvation.
Some teach to put on the whole armor of God at the start of every day, repeating all of the armor pieces that they put on. That is simply mental gymnastics and is error. That is you trying to do something, that has already once then been completed and done at the cross by Christ and fully appropriated to you at the Spirit birthing. Every piece of the armor is the character and nature of Christ, and was once then put on at Salvation by God when we received Christ. Doing those mental gymnastics may make us feel better, but we are still opening ourselves up to Satan, subjectively trusting in ourselves doing these things, rather than in the truth and reality of the finished and done work of the cross.
The whole armor of God was fully appropriated to us at Salvation, so that we can stand fast at intervals against the methods of the devil. There is no question that our mind needs Holy Spirit renewal to every facet of this truth. The devil has methods to deceive us by getting us to see, believe, and choose the temporal things over the eternal things. Also, the devil has other methods to deceive us in using our own strength and power instead of the strength and power of Christ, who lives within us. Satan's greatest deception to man centers in demonic doctrines of separatism. Satan gets the unrenewed mind of man to see, believe, and choose a useless attempt to live a self-for-self life, separate from Christ our life (Gal. 2:20). We can stand fast in Christ in us through every test and trial!!V
Written by Dwight Davis
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