The 'Mark 42' Armour of God
Matt Adcock suits up for some random Iron Man 3 Inspired Thinking...
"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
When you need a suit of armour - these days there are few cooler than that worn by Tony Stark / Iron Man... And with his 'Mark 42' suit (as modelled in Iron Man 3) it has the ability to fly in separate pieces and attach to your body, piece by piece - controlled via a brain linked chip that allows mental communication with armour.
The parallels with the Biblical 'Armour of God' are many - believers need to reassess their armour and check if they are missing pieces of it and if so be ready to mentally 'call' them so that either the full suit or specific parts can be used as necessary.
"The Mark 42 also allows users to 'share the armour'"
If we see someone in desperate need of an element of the armour of God Christians shouls be ready and willing to share their armour and send elements of it into specific situations to help people. Of course that does mean that we need it to hand in the first place as the time it takes to 'fly' to the person requiring it could make all the difference.
OK so whilst the Mark 42 is a great suit - it is the next evolution of the Iron Man armour - where the power core in the chest is no longer used / needed as a special life-support / power for the suit that the real parallels with the spiritual armour of God come in. Seeing how the armour of God through being born again has a 'power core' in the Holy Spirit - not just in a fusion reactor ring in your chest but flowing through every part of you like Extremis / Nanbot technology... bringing with it all the self healing / power combination required to face the evil one, and every temptation...
This is a fun (original Iron Man suit) take on what I've just been talking about:
Darkmatters review of IRON MAN 3
"DIY Iron Man Mark 42 Armour"
"girl power dress up version"