The introductory passage to the magnificent description of the Christian ‘armour’ – all that is needed in the spiritual warfare to defend against the wiles of the devil and to preserve and enhance instrumentality for the Lord. Each item is a wonder of grace and effectiveness.
Loss of spiritual feeling, love, joy and fervour are more serious and ominous than we may think. Attendance soon suffers and a backward drift gathers pace. Why did it happen? The spiritual warfare must come back into view, with all its measures and helps.
After conversion, Satan seeks to spoil the new life of the soul: the resisting of sin, the cultivation of virtues, the practice of witnessing, the enjoyment of assurance, and loyalty to the truth. Here is Christ’s strength for the believer’s conflict.