of Salvation~ The
Greek word for 'salvation' in this Scripture is soterion
which connotes the
experience of deliverance granted by God to those who accept His Son, Jesus
Christ, and repent and follow Him; further, it means the extension of peace
and harmony to one so accepting, and the God-imparted wisdom through this
of Truth~ Here,
Paul uses the Greek word for truth, alethinos which implies
truth in the sense of real, ideal, genuine, indeed a sincerity from the
heart; further, to speak truthfully from faith with everyone.
One of Paul's most important words,
righteousness, which here he uses the Greek word, dikaiosune
to mean the gracious gift of God to men who believe in Lord Jesus Christ
whereby they are brought into a right relationship with God, a union with
God that imputes His power making man fuller, stronger more than he could
ever be by himself.
of Gospel of Peace~
Paul makes a strong point here, using the Greek word, euangelion
for the 'gospel of peace'; we have the English word, evangelize,
directly from this Greek word. Paul further uses the Greek word, hupodema,
for having our feet 'shod', which literally means to bind together under us.
He makes the strong point that the 'good news' of salvation through Christ,
to be received by faith, should be preached as a part of our being; indeed
to preach without regard to its reception.
of the Spirit~ The
sword of the spirit is the word of God in this context, and importantly,
Paul does not use the Greek word,
for 'word', but he uses rhema
significant: the reference is not to the whole Bible as such, but to
individual Scripture that is stored in our hearts and minds for use in time
of need. The emphasis is on the prerequisite storing of Scripture which the
Holy Spirit then brings to our remembrance in distress.
of Faith~ There are two
aspects to this particular piece of God's Armor: First, for 'shield',
Paul uses the Greek word,
which originally in Greece meant 'a stone for closing, sealing the entrance
to a cave'; in latter Greece, it came to mean a huge, oblong shield that
protected every inch of a soldier; hence, taken together we can deduce that
Paul's message is that this 'shield' is seal us, protect us
completely from all outside influences. Second, for 'faith', Paul
uses the Greek word, pisteuo,
which imparts a meaning of firm conviction, full assurance of God's
revelations and truths, fully persuaded.