Peterson, Eugene H., and Peter Santucci. Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing up in Christ. Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Pub., 2010. Kindle Electronic Edition.
Chapter 13, “The Wiles of the Devil and the Armor of God: Ephesians 6:10-17” Loc. 2877-3121.
Peterson observes that Ephesians does not end with a rushing call to radicality (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2881) but to a disciplined readiness. The Ephesians stand firm as Christ has called them (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2891). This will bring maturity as we find our identity in Christ and among his people. We do have an enemy to withstand Peterson 2010, Loc. 2926). Peterson observes that there are many evil forces in the world but that here our biggest challenge may be identifying these unseen enemies (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2943). The tools we receive for this conflict are armaments from God (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2983). The six armaments are a representative sample of Christian character (Peterson 2010, Loc. 2994). Peterson observes that as time goes by we have a temptation to leave our post or remove some armor, a tendency we must resist (Peterson 2010, Loc. 3037). As the Ephesians stand firm they pray (Peterson 2010, Loc. 3053). This has been a recurring theme in the book. Prayer becomes the natural language of the Ephesians. This prayer is specific and focused on praying for others (Peterson 2010, Loc. 3072). Peterson observes that in the end, Tychicus is the only person named in Ephesus (Peterson 2010, Loc. 3102). He also appears in relation to Ephesus in Acts 20:4. This person had been with Paul and with the Ephesian church. They had a history and understanding of one another .This, Peterson says, should be the pattern as we practice resurrection. We do it together.