Good paraphrases are not bad. They help you get a sense of what God is saying. Unfortunately the Message "bible" is not one of them. It uses New Age terms in reference to God and the spiritual realm and significantly twists the meaning of some scriptures to actually mean the opposite of what the original says. It is not worth the time to read it.I would recommend the Living Bible, The Good News Bible (also known as Today's English Version), The Bible in Basic Eng
.... Spiritual Armor > > EPHESIANS 6: 11 - 24 ..... Put on the complete suit of armor from God ... having on the breastplate of righteousness ... accept the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, that is, God's word ...with freeness of speech to make known the sacred secret of the good news ... have peace and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.