Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Ephesians 6:10-13

The Church in Ephesus was one that had a pagan past and a difficult present. They were surrounded by a people whose way of life was threatened by the Christian movement (Acts 19). However, Paul wanted to emphasize that those people out there, their neighbors, were not to be considered enemies. The real enemy was an invisible, intangible spiritual horde and the only thing that protects the spirit from the spiritual is the Holy Spirit.

Be strong in the Lord and his mighty power.

Ethan Kirl