While spending time with the Lord this morning, I came across the scripture in 2 Corinthians 6, where Apostle Paul spoke about the “marks of ministry”. He was pleading with those who work together with the Lord, not to receive the grace of God for nothing.
As I was reading about all the various warnings Apostle Paul drew attention to; topics like not being offended, being blameless, exercising much patience and endurance, in tribulations, needs and in distress, as well as imprisonments, in tumults, and in sleeplessness, to name just a few; I sensed to pay special attention to the “power in the word of truth, the power of God and the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left.” (see 2 Corinthians 6:7).
When I ponder on the armor of righteousness on the right and left hand, I immediately thought of the scripture in Ephesians 6 teaching about the full armor of God. It all points to the armor the Roman soldiers wore in those days. The spear or sword was carried in the right hand as an offensive weapon. The shield, on the other hand, was a defensive weapon. It was designed to provide protection against the enemy.
These Roman soldiers went well armed and trained to the battle. So do we, as the saints of God, we are to be well trained and equipped to meet conflicts like encountering persecution, slander and opposition! We do not fight against flesh and blood as the Roman soldiers did, but we are well armed spiritually by wielding skillfully the Word of God and holding up the shield of faith in order to quench the fiery darts of the enemy.
Furthermore, I like to return to the fact that we withstand and overcome trials and conflict by behaving in all things as the ministers of God. One example to accomplishing that is by wearing the armor of righteousness on the right and left hand. Especially as leaders in ministry, the armor with which we face the enemy is first and foremost a holy and pure life. It is our defense by living a life marked by purity, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, and by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. (see 2 Corinthians 6:6-7).
We have no swords, spears, helmets, nor shields; no carnal weapons of offense and defense; but we expect to conquer all of the assaults, and to gain all victories, by the blood of Jesus Christ, the word of truth, the power of God and an upright and holy life according to Apostle Paul’s teaching.
As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we are already the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, but we are exhorted to continue our walk by faith in Christ and to be holy as He is holy. (see 2 Corinthians 5:21)
Pure and holy lives are our defensive weapon of righteousness on our left hand!
Wielding the word of truth and demonstrating the power of God are our offensive weapon of righteousness on the right hand!