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That is in Ephesians, which is not believed by most biblical scholars today to have been written by Paul, but was a forgery, meaning that it was written after Paul was dead, but made to look like he had written it.
. . . why did Paul instruct us to put on the armor of God . . .
These two things seem to be mutually exclusive.
Even though our eternal destiny is secure and the armor of God is readily available, we are still vulnerable to Satan’s accusations and temptations.
why did Paul instruct us to put on the armor of God, to resist the devil, to stand firm, and to be alert?
Paul didn't write Ephesians (which the OP was paraphrasing), it's a forgery which was probably ripping off 1 Thessalonians 5:8
Paul didn't have a clue in my humble opinion
Originally posted by newnature
If Satan cannot touch the body of Christ, then why did Paul instruct us to put on the armor of God, to resist the devil, to stand firm, and to be alert? If we are not susceptible to being wounded or trapped by Satan, why does Paul describe our relationship to the powers of darkness as a wrestling match? Those who deny the enemy’s potential for destruction are the most vulnerable to it. Even though our eternal destiny is secure and the armor of God is readily available, we are still vulnerable to Satan’s accusations and temptations. If we give into these, we can be influenced by Satan, and if we remain under his influence long enough, we can lose control, if we fail to stand against him. Ownership is never at stake, Satan cannot touch our new identity, but as long as we are living in this fleshly body, we can allow ourselves to be vulnerable targets to all Satan’s fiery darts. How do you think Satan carries on his worldwide ministry of evil and deception? He is a created being; he is not omnipresent, omniscient, or omnipotent. He cannot be everywhere in the world tempting and deceiving millions of people at the same moment. He does so through an army of emissaries “fallen angels called evil spirits” who propagate his plan of rebellion around the world. The Bible does not attempt to prove the existence of evil spirits any more than it attempts to prove the existence of God, it simply reports on their activities.
God’s Reconciliation of Man, read more about it at godsreconciliation.blogspot.com...