The Whole Armor of God: How Christ's Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare

The Whole Armor of God: How Christ's Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare

by Iain M. Duguid


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Duguid walks through the “armor of God” passage in Ephesians, examining the Old Testament context of each piece of armor and encouraging readers as they fight sin while resting in the finished victory of Christ.

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ISBN-13: 9781433565007
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 375,479
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Iain M. Duguid (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament and dean of online learning at Westminster Theological Seminary and the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has also served as a missionary in Liberia, taught at Westminster Seminary California and Grove City College, and planted churches in Pennsylvania, California, and England.

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“This is another great book of expositions by Iain Duguid. In this unfolding of the armor of God, he shows us not only his well-known exegetical skills and accessible writing style but also his pastoral wisdom. This comes from both years in ministry and acquaintance with spiritual classics.”
Timothy Keller,Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; Chairman and Cofounder, Redeemer City to City

“Here is a rare find! This is the work of an Old Testament scholar with an easy-to-read and engaging style who believes in the ongoing activity of the evil one and writes about spiritual warfare with pastoral wisdom and biblical sanity. He knows that the battle in which we engage and the armor God supplies for us are not ideas dreamed up by the apostle Paul but were deeply embedded in the long narrative of the Old Testament. And he knows that the Lord Jesus himself faced the enemy and field-tested the armor for us. So here is a much-needed book, a battle manual for every Christian to use, and a guide for every pastor to follow.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“A typical nightmare for a soldier is being unarmed and undressed on the battlefield. Drawing upon decades of academic and pastoral ministry, Iain Duguid explains why Christ himself is our armor and how, paradoxically, we can only win the battle through the victory he’s already achieved. Along the way, he also opens up wide vistas on how we are to live as battling victors. Highly recommended for personal, family, or group Bible study.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Justification (New Studies in Dogmatics)

“It is a joy to fervently commend this faithful and accessible treatment of Ephesians 6:10–20 by Iain Duguid. It is a powerful, gospel-saturated, Christ-exalting, and disciple-making volume that passionately calls us onward as Christian soldiers, fully dressed in the Christ-secured, Bible-defined, and Holy Spirit-delivered ‘whole armor of God.’”
Harry L. Reeder III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama; author, From Embers to a Flame; The Leadership Dynamic; and 3D Leadership

“I like Iain Duguid’s exposition for what he avoids. He doesn’t drive me to futility, nor does he allow me a cop-out. Duguid sees the gospel lurking in everything Scripture demands of us. In each of these expositions, he places us in the hands of our Redeemer. What more could one ask of an author?”
Dale Ralph Davis,Former Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; author, The Word Became Fresh and The Message of Daniel

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The Whole Armor of God: How Christ's Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LLangley 26 days ago
Crossway Publishers brings readers the latest book by trusted Bible scholar and theology professor Iain M. Duiguid, The Whole Armor of God: How Christ's Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare. Taking readers to the familiar passage in Ephesians 6 on preparation for the spiritual battle, Duiguid helps readers understand that the armor God gives us is God's own armor and that each piece points to Christ. Duiguid unpacks each piece of God's armor for readers, devoting a chapter to each one. He helps readers to understand exactly what each piece of armor is and how Jesus Himself embodies that piece of armor. Besides that, each chapter ends with some reflection questions to help readers did deeper into God's Word and to apply the truths found there to their daily lives. One of the things I appreciate most about the book is how Duguid helps readers see praying in the Spirit as part of the armor (Eph. 6:18-20). Not only that, but while so many people focus on the armor of God as something believers must "put on" themselves, Duguid helps readers see that the armor is God's, that Jesus has already "worn" it and fulfilled it, so that when we believe, we put on Christ--and we are putting on the armor of God. Standing firm in God's armor is really standing firm in our identity in Christ and what we have been given in Him. I appreciate Duguid's treatment of this topic and also how he helps believers put it into practice in everyday life. Note: I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for this honest review. The opinions expressed are my own.
JRDunlap 3 months ago
"We are engaged in conflict against an enemy whose strength and skill far outmatch our own." So writes the author as he makes the case for Christians today to recognize and prepare for the spiritual battle that confronts the people of God on a daily basis. "Life as a Christian is not a picnic," he adds, confirming the increasing bias and societal rejection that many Christians experience today. Spiritual warfare is real, and in his book, Duguid gives a clear explanation of what constitutes the Scriptural and spiritual armor of God, and tells the reader how to use it. Each chapter focuses on a different piece of the armor, includes Bible passages that illuminate its function, offers insights into practical spirituality, and concludes with questions for reflection. I appreciated the author's no-nonsense approach to spiritual warfare and would encourage every Christian who is unsure about God's call to battle to read The Whole Armor of God. Duguid offers sound theology and spiritual affirmation, as well as prayerful consideration for today's followers of Christ. Highly recommended! I was provided a free e-copy of this book by in return for an honest review.
Ian_Acheson 17 days ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Iain's book. It's clear the Armour of God that Paul outlines in Ephesians 6 has been a favourite topic of Iain's over many years with the acknowledgements at the end mentioning it all began with a sermon series he did way back in 1994. This is a short book and there is a chapter of 8-10 pages on each piece of armour. I particularly appreciated that Iain included in the last chapter the "praying in the Spirit" which is often left out in discussions about the armour. But as Iain explains, "But it is not enough simply to put on the armour. There will be no powerful reality to your walk with God unless you are in intimate contact with your heavenly Father... The armoury needs to be under the control the pilot; you and I need to be in close contact with God. And the means by which we stay in contact is prayer." This chapter on prayer was probably my favourite. Iain provides such an insightful perspective on the relational aspect of our walk with God. Some of the books written on the armour reflect on the fact that Paul was sitting in a jail observing what the guards wore but Iain takes us back to Isaiah where each element of the armour is actually mentioned and is being worn by Jesus. Therefore, what's good for Him is good for us. This is an excellent outline with sufficient detail to make it compelling reading for all believers. I highly recommend it. I received a PDF copy of the unfinished book from the publisher via Net Galley with no expectation of a positive review.