Why take to you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
areslaves. But what is the motive? Says the servant, "My master will not understand it. It will not put me forward in the world. Whatever I gain, he will reap." But the apostle says that you are servants of God. "With goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men; knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, he shall receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free." Take the fulness of that thought of God with you, that you are consecrated to the Lord Jesus Christ, following in His providence, following in His personal knowledge of and love for yourself, believing that from your childhood you have been an object of the paternal thought and care of Christ, in comparison with which ordinary parental care is poor and pale.
(H. W. Beecher.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.