With urgency in his voice, Paul closes his letter by calling us to pay attention to our surroundings. In particular he want us to know for sure that we live in a world that is bombarded by evil; a world where the 'spiritual forces of evil' are at work, seeking to undermine and destroy truth. Using the analogy of a suit of armor, he calls his readers to equip themselves with 6 instruments of defense: truth; righteousness; peace; faith; salvation and the word of God. The language Paul uses indicates that we may have absolute confidence and stand strong against evil with these defenses in place. There is no need to fear. Prayer is added to the discussion as another essential discipline - not just sometimes; but always... for all people! And so we see Paul drawing his letter to conclusion with this very strong encouragement so that we may truly know how to receive the life and Jesus into our lives and in turn live it out fully and carefully! May God be glorified in our lives!
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