What’s the Significance of Paul’s Description of the Full Armor of God?

Episode 212 Show Notes 

What's the Significance of Paul's Description of the Full Armor of God?

From the Show

When Paul talks about putting on the full armour of God in Ephesians 6, do you think he is drawing on the imagery of a Roman soldier or OT passages?

Paul was a man of his time and place, he could draw analogies taken from the Olympic Games, running a race and receiving a crown, for example. And he certainly had more than enough time, being hauled off by soldiers and watching them walk back and forth outside his prison cell, he knew every piece of gear that they wore. That's clearly there in Ephesians 6, as Paul goes through the different pieces of armor that a soldier would wear, but he was also a Jewish leader, he was a Pharisee steeped in Israel scriptures…. I think that the most obvious experience Paul had was Roman soldiers, but I'm sure that hovering around in his mind were also the images of God as a warrior. — Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. There is this famous quote that we should preach the gospel always and if necessary use words to point out that Christian's lives should so demonstrate love, that people would almost be able to see something of the gospel in how we live. Do you think this is helpful advice?

2. How can I better minister to other believers? Can you guys help me increase my potential in this?

3. When Paul talks about putting on the full armor of God in Ephesians 6, do you think he is drawing on the imagery of a Roman soldier or OT passages?

4. What does the Bible say about hunting wild game?

5. As I was reading in Numbers 28-29 where the Lord is laying out offerings for special days and feasts, I noticed for those that call for no work it is translated "no ordinary work" except for the day of atonement where the Lord says "You shall do no work". Is there a difference between no work and no ordinary work?

6. Do you believe Satan can still go before God and accuse believers as he did with Job? It seems a ridiculous waste of time to bring charges to one who Satan knows will be acquitted.

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