Some of the books we read are immensely practical but not deeply biblical. Others are biblically weighty but aren’t very practical. As Christians, we need both. This doesn’t mean that every book needs to strike this balance, but it's helpful when they do.
Iain Duguid’s The Whole Armor of God does a great job of striking that balance in one volume. He tackles the well-known “armor of God” section in Ephesians 6 with an emphasis on the various pieces of the armor. Duguid shows how the Christian bears that armor in the spiritual warfare we inevitably face as children of God.
Far from the superstitious, overly charismatic demon behind every bush, Duguid paints the picture of spiritual warfare in everyday life. Rather than over-spiritualizing the armor and missing the whole point of what Paul was teaching, Duguid points to the work of Christ as our armor. He says boldly that “ Jesus has himself worn the armor and won the victory” (p. 17). With this as the foundation, we can rest assured and confident as we battle each and every day.
The Whole Armor of God is doctrinally-sound, practical, and accessible. It can be useful for the pastor preparing a sermon or series on Ephesians 6. I actually used it in preparation to preach my first revival, and it was very helpful! However, it is also useful for a small group study or even daily devotional times. This book is written for Christians of all levels of maturity.
If you haven’t studied spiritual warfare or spent some time in Ephesians 6, reading through The Whole Armor of God will be time well-spent. I highly recommend it!
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