"The whole armour of God"

Many centuries have passed since Paul addressed his epistle "to all that be in Rome;" and time has but accentuated the brilliance of his analysis of the unprofitable nature of the works of the flesh and of the life-giving power of Spirit, and the wisdom of his exhortations to holiness contained therein. The great Apostle to the Gentiles had received such a glorious vision of reality that he was able, even in the dark days of persecution, to behold the dawning of a day which would never sink back into night again. "The night is far spent, the day is at hand," he wrote; "let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light."

In every age since Paul's time there have been those who were able to some extent to realize the truth of these words. The love of God would break in upon them like the rays of the sun penetrating dense clouds, or they would discern God's presence in some deed of goodness or act of unselfishness; and then they would feel as if the day were at hand, and the night far spent, and wish to be done forever with evil, and be established forevermore in the understanding of good. Many may have been unable to define to themselves the nature of the spiritual intuitions which invariably come to the seeker after divine protection and guidance; but, assuredly, some must have sensed the coming of the day, when Truth should be known in its effulgence, and men would be able to put on "the whole armour of God."

Among the Churches
August 26, 1922

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