Last Sunday, I started preaching a series on Ephesians 6:10-18. We had a great day in the Lord, and the response to the sermon has encouraged me.
We sang a hymn Sunday in our 9:45 service titled, “Soldiers of Christ, Arise.” The second stanza says:
Stand then in His great might,
With all His strength endued;
And take, to arm you for the fight,
The panoply of God,
That, having all things done,
And all your conflicts past,
Ye may o’ercome through Christ alone,
And stand complete at last.
I looked out across our congregation and I saw a collective, “We are singing these words, but we don’t know what panoply is?”
Webster’s first definition is “a group or collection that is impressive because it is so big or because it includes different kinds of people or things.” If you keep reading, you will eventually come to this definition: “full suit of armor.” In Ephesians 6, the Greek word for “full armor” is….you guessed it….panoplion.
Now, let’s sing that grand hymn again!