13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
There is a difference between a man or woman who has been born again by the Spirit of the Living God and the man or woman who has not and lives according to the “flesh.” Let’s compare.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth.
The Spirit filled person puts on the truth that is found in the Word of God. It is the basis for everything we encounter while living here, on planet earth and serves as a plumb-bob, a measuring line for all we do.
The natural man creates his or hers own truth, sometimes changing at a whim. Situational ethics are a good example of this and can be seen in full operation when the Planned Parenthood Lady munching on her salad and drinking her wine talks about harvesting baby parts.
and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
The Spirit Filled person knows his or hers righteousness, is as filthy rags. We know that our righteousness is in our Messiah, as we all fall short and do things we are not proud of. We put on His righteousness.
The natural man boasts of his own goodness but does not realize he or she will die in their sins.
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace
The Spirit Filled person realizes and knows by experience where their peace comes from. It hails from the Prince of Peace, The Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus. It can be a peace that passes all understanding in times of trouble and when facing the storms of life.
The natural man finds peace in his or hers possessions, their saving for retirement, their beach house, or new car, investments or, sometimes for middle-aged men, a “trophy” wife. All of which will never give lasting peace and will pass away and all to soon loose its luster.
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Yeshua/Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. It is He who helps us to stand in the day of adversity. We know by experience that He is more than able to come to our aid. We also realize that we are in a spiritual battle, a heavenly war and that our King will return soon.
The natural man has faith in the things he has acquired, his job, or his accomplishments. His faith is based solely upon his own deeds and in himself.
And take the helmet of salvation,
The one who is filled with the Spirit of the Living God, knows his or hers salvation comes from the work on the cross that was accomplished almost 2000 years ago. We know that apart from Yeshua/Jesus, there is no salvation by any other name. It is He who died for all of mankind’s sins.
The natural man or woman thinks there is no need for salvation as there is no God and no absolute truth. There is no afterlife or judgement thus there is nothing to be “saved” from.
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
For us the Sword of the Spirit is our primary weapon. We know when Yeshua/Jesus was tempted in the desert He answered the Fallen One by stating emphatically: It is written. He answered the accusations and false truths presented to Him with the Word of God. He parried the lies from the enemy with the truth that is found in the word.
The natural man or woman does not have the faintest idea of what the sword of the spirit is and thus they are and can be caught up in the worlds system which is controlled by the Fallen One.
In closing todays Bun: I was once blind to the things of the spirit. I lived according to my flesh and there was no standard, no truth in my life. When I became born again, by the Spirit of the Living God, everything changed. He is our peace, our hope, our truth, our salvation, our righteousness, and our faith is in Him.