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Understanding The Whole Armor of God

11.30.14 | Biblical Study Of God's Word | by Bishop Lonnie Henderson

Understanding The Whole Armor of God

    The whole Armor of God is oneness with God.

    UNDERSTANDING THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

    The Whole Armor of God
    In order to understand what Paul is conveying regarding putting on the whole armor of God, we must review Ephesians chapter six in the context of synopsis of his epistle to the churches of Ephesus beginning with chapter 1.

    Ephesians 1:1
    Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus:(KJV)
    Ephesians 1:2
    Grace [be] to you, and peace, from God our Father, and [from] the Lord Jesus Christ.(KJV)
    Ephesians 1:3
    Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ:(KJV)
    Ephesians 1:4
    According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:(KJV)
    Ephesians 1:5
    Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,(KJV)
    Ephesians 1:6
    To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.(KJV)
    Ephesians 1:7
    In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;(KJV)

    Ephesians 1:18
    The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,(KJV)

    We can glean from this extract of Ephesians chapter 1 that Paul is acknowledging the blessings; the favor of God. He is reminding us how God had a plan for our salvation even before the ages.

    In Ephesians Chapter 2, the underlying message is the Ephesians, and we by extension have been saved by grace and we are created to be a blessing to others by our works, even though the works is not the reason for salvation. The focus of the chapter is our relationship with Jesus or Lord and Savior:

    Ephesians 2:1
    And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;(KJV)

     

    Ephesians 2:2
    Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:3
    Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:4
    But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:5
    Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:6
    And hath raised [us] up together, and made [us] sit together in heavenly [places] in Christ Jesus:(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:7
    That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in [his] kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:8
    For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:9
    Not of works, lest any man should boast.(KJV)
    Ephesians 2:10
    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.(KJV)

    Ephesians chapter 3 conveys Paul’s message regarding his calling and the responsibility to make known the gospel of Jesus Christ. As we also are members of the Body of Christ, this applies to us also. Paul proceeds to pray that the faith of the Ephesians be strengthened:
    Ephesians 3:2
    If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:3
    How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:4
    Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:5
    Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:6
    That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:7
    Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:8
    Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:9
    And to make all [men] see what [is] the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:10
    To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly [places] might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:11
    According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:12
    In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:13
    Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.(KJV)
    Ephesians 3:14
    For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,(KJV)

    In Ephesians chapter 4, Paul begins to exhort the Body of Christ in Ephesus to unity and admonishes them to repentance:

    Ephesians 4:1
    I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:2
    With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:3
    Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:4
    [There is] one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:5
    One Lord, one faith, one baptism,(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:6
    One God and Father of all, who [is] above all, and through all, and in you all.(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:7
    But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.(KJV)
    Here Paul reveals the state of the saints in Ephesus; they had been yielding to the inducement of satan; temptation and there was much discord among the brethren:

    Ephesians 4:25
    Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:26
    Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:27
    Neither give place to the devil.(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:28
    Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with [his] hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:29
    Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:30
    And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:31
    Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:(KJV)
    Ephesians 4:32
    And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.(KJV)

    In Ephesians Chapter 5, Paul admonishes the saints to walk in love and to refrain from sin

    Ephesians 5:1
    Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:2
    And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:3
    But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:4
    Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:5
    For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.(KJV)

     

    Ephesians 5:6
    Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:7
    Be not ye therefore partakers with them.(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:8
    For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light:(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:9
    (For the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:10
    Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:11
    And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove [them].(KJV)

    Paul reveals another area of disobedience that the saints in the church of Ephesus were practicing. This disobedience in regards to personal relationships between husband wife is revealed in his exhortation to the church regarding conjugal responsibilities:

    Ephesians 5:17
    Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord [is].(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:18
    And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:19
    Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:20
    Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:21
    Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.(KJV)

    Ephesians 5:22
    Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.(KJV)
    The message in this verse is that when wives submit themselves to their husband, they are really submitting to the Lord because it is the will of God. So it is not that they are allowing their husband to lord over them, but rather they are allowing God to cover them.

    Ephesians 5:23
    For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.(KJV)
    The husband then, is to allow himself to be the vessel of God’s protection and provider for His wife, this is an admonishment for the husband to be completely yielded to the Lord.
    Ephesians 5:24
    Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so [let] the wives [be] to their own husbands in every thing.(KJV)

    Ephesians 5:25
    Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;(KJV)
    This commands the husband to stand in spiritual intercession for his wife.

    Ephesians 5:26
    That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:27
    That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:28
    So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.(KJV)
    Ephesians 5:29
    For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:(KJV)

    Ephesians 6:12

    Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    Here Paul is reminding us that we are not at war with demonic spirits. You see, Jesus has already defeated satan and all of his demonic co-horts. In verse 12, the word wrestle is translated from the Greek pálē (G3823) meaning to struggle. The word war in Greek is pólemos (G4171). Now there was spiritual warfare in heaven, and even then satan was defeated:

    Revelation 12:7-9King James Version (KJV)

    7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
    8 And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
    9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him:

    Not only has Jesus defeated satan and his minions , but He has disarmed them:

    Colossians 2:6-15King James Version (KJV)
    6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
    7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
    8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
    9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
    10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
    11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
    12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

    13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
    14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
    15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    Jesus has demonstrated His victory over all devils. There is no more spiritual warfare. The struggle of demonic spirits and born-again believers is contention for our faith. The wrestling is deciding whether or not to obey God or submit to the temptation of the devil. In Ephesians 6:12, Paul was admonishing the born-again believers not to submit to the temptation of the devil by contending with each other as gladiators in a colosseum for the pleasure of the devil.

    Therefore, by the time we get to Ephesians 6 we see that it is a call to come out of the darkness of sin and return to Jesus. It is a call to take off the garment of sin and put on Jesus:

    You see the whole armor of God is God Himself. One must submit to God. To put on God is akin to putting on Christ who is God.

    Romans 13:14
    But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to [fulfil] the lusts [thereof].(KJV)

    Now the following description details the putting on Christ. You will note that these verses point to Jesus:

    Ephesians 6:13
    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.(KJV)
    Romans 13:12
    The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.(KJV)
    These combined verses tell us that the amour of God and the amour of light are the same.
    Genesis 1:3
    And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.(KJV)
    This light is the same light that is referenced in 2 Corinthians 4:6 but speaks of Jesus and not the celestial bodies:
    2 Corinthians 4:6
    For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.(KJV)
    Thus is further evidenced in Proverbs:
    Proverbs 8:22
    The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:23
    I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:24
    When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water.(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:25
    Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth:(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:26
    While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:27
    When he prepared the heavens, I [was] there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth:(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:28
    When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep:(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:29
    When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:30
    Then I was by him, [as] one brought up [with him]: and I was daily [his] delight, rejoicing always before him;(KJV)
    Proverbs 8:31
    Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights [were] with the sons of men.(KJV)

    John also confirms this scripture when he was inspired by the Holy Spirit to record:
    John 1:1
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(KJV)
    John 1:2
    The same was in the beginning with God.(KJV)
    John 1:3
    All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.(KJV)
    John 1:4
    In him was life; and the life was the light of men.(KJV)

    And then Jesus Himself makes this bold proclamation:

    John 8:12
    Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.(KJV)

    Let’s continue:

    Ephesians 6:14
    Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;(KJV)

    This verse also points to Jesus, as He is the truth personified:

    John 14:6
    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.(KJV)

    Now we also know from scripture that Jesus is righteousness personified.
    Jeremiah 23:5
    Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.(KJV)
    Jeremiah 23:6
    In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this [is] his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.(KJV)

    2 Corinthians 6:7
    By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,(KJV)

    Ergo, the armour of God and the breastplate of righteousness describe the same God.

    Ephesians 6:15
    And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;(KJV)

    We know that by definition gospel means good news – not hell and damnation unless it is made known that the good news is that there is salvation only through accepting and proclaiming the Deity and Lordship of Jesus. So the gospel of peace also points to Jesus:

    Isaiah 9:6
    For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.(KJV)

    John 14:27
    Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.(KJV)

    John 16:33
    These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.(KJV)
    John 17:1
    These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:(KJV)

    As we continue to rightly dividing this scripture using scripture to confirm scripture:

    Ephesians 6:16
    Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.(KJV)

    We know that Jesus is the essence of our faith, so this verse also speaks of Jesus:

    Hebrews 12:2
    Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.(KJV)

    The next verse speaks of salvation and we know that that is synonymous with Jesus or Savior

    Ephesians 6:17
    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:(KJV)

    Now let’s support the contention that Jesus is also spoken of as the helmet of salvation:

    Luke 2:25
    And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name [was] Simeon; and the same man [was] just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.(KJV)
    Luke 2:26
    And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.(KJV)
    Luke 2:27
    And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,(KJV)
    Luke 2:28
    Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,(KJV)
    Luke 2:29
    Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:(KJV)
    Luke 2:30
    For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,(KJV)

    Further we know that the sword of the Spirit and the word of God are the same as explained in verse 17. Therefore, again, the reference is to Jesus:

    John 1:1
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(KJV)
    John 1:14
    And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.(KJV)
    Revelation 19:13
    And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.(KJV)

    So to put on the whole armour of God is a figure of speech meaning to be baptized in Jesus Christ:
    Galatians 3:27
    For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.(KJV)

    It means to submit to God because Jesus and God are one. God is love:
    1 John 4:8
    He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.(KJV)
    1 John 4:9
    In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.(KJV)
    1 John 4:10
    Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.(KJV)
    1 John 4:11
    Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.(KJV)
    1 John 4:12
    No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.(KJV)


    To put on the whole armor of God, then is to have a lifestyle of unconditional love; it means to return to your first Love; Jesus. Remember putting on the whole armor of God is submitting wholly to Jesus and the Love of God.

    Apparently, the churches in Ephesus did the works of the Lord, but they still had not repented; they still had not put on the whole armor of God and so the Lord sent them another epistle through the Apostle John who had been exiled. This time, the message to walk in unconditional love came with a warning. Let us review because when we speak evil of one another, when we behave in any ungodly manners, then we have taken off the whole armor of God, we may be obedient in some areas, but in other areas of our walk, we have allowed our emotions or ignorance to cause us to walk disobediently. We are at risk of being cast out into darkness:

    Revelation 2:1
    Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;(KJV)
    Revelation 2:2
    I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:(KJV)
    Revelation 2:3
    And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.(KJV)
    Revelation 2:4
    Nevertheless I have [somewhat] against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.(KJV)
    Revelation 2:5
    Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.(KJV)

    Here on fb you can tell those who are being influenced by the spirit of darkness and have taken off the whole armor of God by the nature of their post. It is not them but a spirit that is influencing them during their season of weakness., even among those who have impressive titles. Their titles will not save them, but the whole armor of God will. Pray for them, it will go worse for them than the sinner:

    2 Peter 2:9
    The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:10
    But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous [are they], selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:11
    Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:12
    But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:13
    And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, [as] they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots [they are] and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;(KJV)

     

    2 Peter 2:14
    Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:15
    Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam [the son] of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:16
    But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:17
    These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:18
    For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:19
    While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:20
    For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.(KJV)
    2 Peter 2:21
    For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.(KJV)

    Let us keep on the whole Armor of God by walking in unconditional love, submitted to the love of God and being watchful and prayerful; interceding as led by the Holy Spirit, not the prayers of others unless led by the Holy Spirit.