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May 27, 2018
Passage: Ephesians 6:16 & Psalm 84:11

The Shield Of Faith

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked


Many commentators in our day tell us that the shield of faith is faith; but I do not believe any such thing, for if that was the case instead of the shield of faith it would be the shield faith. But if you look into Genesis 15, it says, “The word of the LORD [that is, Jesus Christ, for the Word was made flesh, etc.] came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward” (GENESIS 15:1). And before Moses’s death, after that he had blessed the children of Israel, he said, “Happy art thou, O Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the LORD, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency!…” (DEUT. 33:29). And the Psalmist David says, “For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield;” (PSALM 5:12) and furthermore, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield,” (PSALM 84:11) “Ah, but,” say you, “that Lord God is the Father.” But I say, No; for in Malachi we read, (the Father’s promise to His people,) “But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise…” (MALACHI 4:2). Thus it is plain that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Sun and Shield. “But why,” say you, “is it called the shield of faith?” I answer, “Because faith lays hold of [Him]; faith lays hold of Christ.”

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