The Armor of God
In our expositional study of the book of Nehemiah, in chapter 4 we saw the extraordinary account of the lives of the people of God as they rebuild Jerusalem, as they rebuild the city walls.
The rebuilding of the walls necessitates that they be willing to fight. We titled a couple of messages the sword and the trowel. In verse 17 of chapter 4 we see that with one hand they were building and with one hand they held a weapon. We are called in the same way to build up one another in the faith as the people of God.
When we build the church, we are building the new Jerusalem as in Revelation chapter 21. The new Jerusalem is the church of the living God. As we build ourselves and others in the faith, and we reach unbelievers, we’re building Jerusalem. If we’re doing that, we’re going to have to also be ready to fight.
We find there’s a parallel with what Nehemiah is trying to do and the book of Ephesians.
So, we begin here to look in Ephesians 6:10-18 at “The Armor of God.”