Ephesians 6 is one of my favorite chapters in one of my favorite books. Chapter six and verse sixteen finds Paul writing of the ‘shield of faith.’ The Roman shield was called a scutum. The shield measured two and a half feet wide and four feet long. While mostly made of wood, there was a metal bulge in the center to protect the hand which held it. Soldiers were able to use the shield defensively and offensively. They could stand side-by-side, thus creating a solid wall of defense while, at the same time, offensively moving into the battle.

I have often pondered what Paul must have intended his readers to understand as they received his letter. I, personally, believe he intended them to understand that they were to march into the culture side-by-side assisting one another in the spiritual battle in which they each were engaged. They were to protect one another and be unified. They were to not allow any breach in the wall in order that the enemy not be allowed to advance. They were to understand that they were part of something much bigger than themselves….they were part of the Bride of Christ.

We have just shared together in Faith Bible Church’s 50th Anniversary Celebration! What a wonderful time it has been making new friends, renewing old friendships and reflecting on all the Lord has done! May we never forget that we are each responsible to take up the shield of faith and join one another in this spiritual battle. We are to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ and defend them while taking territory for Jesus’ Kingdom. “Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love.” (6:24)

by Curt Krohn, Senior Pastor

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