Martial metaphors abound in the scriptures of truth. Words of war describe the spiritual battles that Christians must face in order to grow. The Spirit of truth paints scenes of our struggles in figures of speech. Those who think literally often fall on the battlefield, without sufficient armor and implements of this war.
For the Christian, the battleground is the mind. It is not the “war of the worlds,” but rather “the war of the words,” for words are formulated through thoughts that course through our minds. The apostle Peter admonishes us, “Arm yourselves likewise with the same mind.” Whose mind? The mind of Christ (I Pet. 4: 1). Having the mind of Christ is being armed and battle ready.
To win this battle, we must think the King’s thoughts. Christ is the Word. His is the word that counts. When our thoughts reflect His thoughts, we win the spiritual battle.
This is why it is so important to study His word, both through quotes of the Savior and also His apostles’ words, which are His thoughts. This is true worship. Not the outward keeping of man’s traditions about God, but knowing the truth and meditating on it. And then believing the truth. Believe Him, for He is the truth. And know that His words are spirit. That’s true worship—“in spirit and in truth.”
The apostle Paul tells us to “put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” This is arming ourselves with the mind of Christ. Let us have the “loins of our mind” girded up with truth. We are to put on the “breastplate of righteousness” and the “shield of faith” and the “helmet of salvation,” and the “sword of the Spirit.” All of these components of the “armor of God” are put on by us in our minds by having the pure truth about them in our thinking. When we know Christ’s thoughts and believe them, then we will have put on His spiritual armor (Eph. 6: 10-18). So let us delve a bit deeper into His spiritual armor…
Kenneth Wayne Hancock