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Ready for Battle

Submitted by on Thursday, 30 October 2008One Comment
  • Reading I: Ephesians 6:10-20
  • Resp. Psalm:  Psalm 144:1,9-10
  • Gospel Reading:  Luke 13:31-35

Ephesians 6:10-20 is one of those passages we are reminded in the rite of confirmation when the bishop tells us that by the sacrament, we are being transformed into soldiers for Christ.  Even the slight slap on the cheek that is given to the confirmandi is a Roman general’s gesture when accepting new recruits.  After Paul tells the Ephesians to practise the life style of a Christian within the household, he gives them a final admonition regarding the struggle in which they are engaged:  a battle against spiritual forces that wish the gospel to be quelched and cease from sounding.  Paul’s chains are a stark reminder that the battle has begun.

Below is an illustration of the text of Ephesians 6:10-20.  It can be divided into three sub-sections:

vv. 10-13 – the admonition to put on the armor of God and the reason why

vv. 14-17 – the armor of God which is actually the spiritual garment put on during baptism is enumerated

vv. 18-20 – the admonition to prayer, for all the saints (that is, the Church) and especially for Paul, that he may continue to proclaim the gospel.

 

 

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Ephesians 6:10-20
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10Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power.
11Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.
12For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.
13Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice,
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
16In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one.
17And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).
18By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints:
19And for me, that speech may be given me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, to make known the mystery of the gospel.
20For which I am an ambassador in a chain, so that therein I may be bold to speak according as I ought.
Psalm 144:1,9-10
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1Blessed be the Lord my God, who teacheth my hands to fight, and my fingers to war.
9To thee, O God, I will sing a new canticle: on the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings I will sing praises to thee.
10Who givest salvation to kings: who hast redeemed thy servant David from the malicious sword:
Luke 13:31-35
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31The same day, there came some of the Pharisees, saying to him: Depart, and get thee hence, for Herod hath a mind to kill thee.
32And he said to them: Go and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I am consummated.
33Nevertheless I must walk today and tomorrow, and the day following, because it cannot be that a prophet perish, out of Jerusalem.
34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent to thee, how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings, and thou wouldest not?
35Behold your house shall be left to you desolate. And I say to you, that you shall not see me till the time come, when you shall say: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
Ephesians 6:10-20
View in: NAB NIV KJV NJB Vulg Greek
10Finally, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the might of his power.
11Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the deceits of the devil.
12For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.
13Therefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice,
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
16In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one.
17And take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (which is the word of God).
18By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints:
19And for me, that speech may be given me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, to make known the mystery of the gospel.
20For which I am an ambassador in a chain, so that therein I may be bold to speak according as I ought.

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  • Daily Inspirations » Like A Thief in the Night said:

    […] The children of the light, those who belong to the day should put on faith, hope and love. Note that Paul’s "tria haec" are mentioned here as parts of an armor — the protective covering of soldiers in battle. In the beginning of his thanksgiving, Paul described the Thessalonians as having these three qualities: "your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thessalonians 1:3). See this similar passage from Ephesians about wearing “the Christian armour”. […]

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