Paul’s passion heats up in the closing chapter of Ephesians. He is about to end his letter and must make one last strong attempt to convey his message. What image will best explain the Christian’s duty in God’s divine plan?
The chain that binds Paul to the guard is cumbersome, allowing the prisoner to take only a few short strides in either direction. Perhaps he pauses at the end of the chain’s reach and gives the soldier a penetrating glance. There it is, the metaphor that will clinch his argument: “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11).
Paul describes two distinct spheres: first, the dark world, malevolent forces on the attack from within. These could include the temptations of money, sex and power. The second realm is a heavenly one. Paul implies that Satan himself…
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