Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
— Ephesians 6:11
The armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6, is one of the first passages that many new believers study. It is, in fact, one of my favorite passages because of the vivid picture it sketches and the vitality of each feature to my walk, but did God forget something?
The inventory that Paul lays out here is rather extensive: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of peace, shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. These are all fundamental to our growth as Christians and our role in this spiritual war. There is, however, one major area left unprotected.
Why is there no protection for the Christian’s metaphorical back? The armor protects our chest and head, the sword and shield equip us for battle, but our back is left wide open? You could write this off as merely a quirk of the metaphor, but I (as suggested by Pastor Mann) would argue otherwise. I would submit to you that it would be an unnecessary precaution! The more I study Scripture and the war that we are in, the more I come to realize that there is no turning back in this war. Christ has no intentions of retreat neither for any of His children nor definitely for Himself.
Go hard. Go with urgency. Go with no possibility of turning back.