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Scriptural References to Armor and Armor Bearers

  • Old Testament Armor Bearer
Armor Bearer
Armor Bearer

All Old Testament references to armor refer to actual armor as worn by soldiers in battle. Here are are some typical references. Judges 9:54-56   Abimelech – his  armor -bearer.

1 Samuel 14:6  Jonathan- his young  armor -bearer.
1 Samuel 16:21 Saul – David became one of his armor -bearers.
1  Samuel 15:5-7 Goliaths Armor – 5  He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale  armor  of bronze weighing five thousand shekels (about 57 kilograms);  6  on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back.  7  His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.  (about 7 kilograms) His shield bearer went ahead of him.
1 Samuel 17 38   Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of  armor  on him and a bronze helmet on his head.
1 Samuel 31:4 Saul – his  armor bearer refused to execute him.
1 Samuel 31: 10  They (the Philistines) put his (Saul)  armor  in the temple of the Ashtoreths…………..

  • Metaphorical Armor – Armor of God

The New Testament references to God’s armor are all metaphorical, where the item of armor represents some tool or weapon used by a spiritual warrior in God’s kingdom, and becomes part of the armor of God. In Romans 13:12 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. 14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Paul likens the “light” to armor and further suggests we “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ“.

In 2 Corinthians 6, Paul is listing the characteristics of ministers of God and he refers to righteousness as armour* – 7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left….

Then in Ephesians 6 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints Paul is likening  the separate items of armor to each of the main characteristics of a spiritual warrior. The full set represents the whole armor of God.

  • Spiritual Armor

It is from the Ephesians chapter about God armor that we get the concept of a spiritual armor, where a spiritual warrior is clad in the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, the belt of truth, bears the sword of truth, which is the Word of God, and goes forth with  feet shod with the  gospel of peace.

  • Spiritual Armor Bearer

A spiritual Armor Bearer therefore is one who carries such armor, and is ready to come to the aid of a spiritual warrior as required and when needed.

* English spelling of armor = armour. (as used in KGV Translations above)

What is an Armor-bearer?

  • What is an Armourbearer?

In Bible imagery, we have always depicted the eternal struggle between good and bad as a ‘Battle’ and we use the appropriate military terminology to illustrate each analogy.  We talk about swords, spears, shields, and so on as the metaphorical weapons used to wage the war against evil.

  • The Whole Armor of God

The best illustration of this battle analogy is found in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in [Chapter 6: 10-18]10 Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. 11 Put on all the armor that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. 12 For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. 13 So put on God’s armor now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground. 14 So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, 15 and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. 16 At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. 17 And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. 18 Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. where he depicts the word of God as a sword, faith as a shield; and so on. The concept here is that we are at all times ready for battle if we always carry the spiritual weapons and armor.

  • God’s Armor Bearers

    Armor-bearer
    Armor-bearer

Who then is an armor bearer? If you are standing with  some spiritual warrior with your Bible [sword] in your hand, with your faith and your conviction of salvation,  ready to pray or counsel or whatever may be required, you qualify as an armor bearer of God. You might be a counsellor in an outreach with some evangelist; you might be part of a support group in your pastors ministry/visitation team; Hopefully we are using our spiritual (body) gifts 4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. as defined in Romans 12: 4-8; and when we find ourselves in a support role, we can be said to be God’s armor bearers whereas if we are doing the teaching or the evangelising ourselves then we are warriors, not armor-bearers.

  • The importance of an armour bearer.

Be aware that a warrior cannot function alone, nor can armorbearers fight the battle.  They are totally interdependent. So go forth to the battle, knowing what is an armor bearer, and be prepared to don the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation; and with truth as a belt, faith as a shield and the sword of the spirit in your hand  and you will have put on the whole armor of God.