Jun 19th, 2017
We are still looking at Ephesians 6:11. Last week we drilled down into the words "put on." We talked about it meaning that you're investing with clothing, you're dressing up to send a message. We talked about the four different reasons that you dress up that ties into the parable that Jesus taught about the different types of soil. This week we're going to focus on the words "whole armor."
This phrase whole armor used in Ephesians 6:11 is the Greek word:
G3833 πανοπλία panoplia pan-op-lee'-ah From a compound of G3956 and G3696; full armor (“panoply”): - all (whole) armour.
It literally means full armor. In English the word is Panopoly. In modern terms the word is used to describe an impressive and complete collection of pretty much anything.
If you were a car collector for instance, if you had one of every model of Ford vehicle ever made that would be impressive, but until you had one of every year of every model ever released by Ford then you wouldn't have a Panopoly.
If you were a coin collector, if you had one of every coin; the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, fifty cent piece, and dollar coin from each year since the founding of the United States (I know some of those coins weren't produced in some of those years) that would be impressive, but until your collection included not only those coins but a copy of each coin minted from each mint in the United States, you wouldn't have a Panopoly.
When you're playing the game Monopoly, which takes forever; I love it, but it's a long game. Owning all the properties on the last stretch of the board where Board Walk and Park Place are is impressive, but until you own all the properties on every side of the board you don't have a Panopoly.
By choosing the word Panopoly or Panoplia the author is seemingly trying to communicate to us that picking and choosing which pieces of the armor of God that you're going to put on isn't enough. That you need to put them all on to be effective against our enemy, the devil.
In any of those examples I gave would achieving a Panopoly be something easy, or something that can be done in a short amount of time? Collecting cars, collecting coins, Monopoly; not a one. Not one of those examples can be short or easy. A Panopoly is not easy, it's an in depth process that is going to take a good amount of time to fully achieve. With the cars, that could take a lifetime. With the coins, also, could take several years. Monopoly, gosh you're talking about a lifetime. Seriously, to own all the properties on the board at the same time while other people are playing. Sure if you're playing Monopoly by yourself you could get a Panopoly. But, when you're playing with other people there's all kinds of wheelin' and dealin' that's got to go on. And, then eventually your family doesn't want to play Monopoly with you anymore because they know that you like to do wheelin' and dealin'... Sorry I stopped talking about the scripture and started talking about myself... I digress, lets get back on topic...
In order to fully achieve a Panopoly it's going to take a lot of work and a lot of time. All that to say that if reading forward in Ephesians 6, which you probably should have done last week since we've been talking about the armor of God and I still haven't brought up what makes up the armor. If reading ahead you realize tomorrow that you haven't achieved living up to putting on the full armor of God or if your still trying to understand how to apply each piece to your life, don't get discouraged. A Panopoly is a difficult thing that will take a long time to achieve. You need to relax, have patience, and give it time and let the Holy Spirit teach you what you need to know about those pieces of armor and how to achieve putting them on and applying them to your lives. Eventually you will get there, it may take a day or a lifetime. The point is to be ever growing and ever striving to the point where you can achieve that Panopoly in the armor of God where you can stand up against the wiles of the devil.
Next week we'll be talking about the wiles of the devil and what that phrase means. For now I'd like you to go back and read through Ephesians 6. Read what all the armor is, think about what I said last week. Think about the fact that the author here chose the word panoplia. He could have chosen a word that meant some, but no. He chose a word that means a complete and impressive collection as the word for this scripture. He chose full armor, not partial armor.
Until next time...