What is the significance of adding “fiery” to Ephesians 6:16?
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be
able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
The military metaphor being used illustrates an assault that is defended against. The assault consists of instruments such as arrows or spears carrying with it an additional element of “fire” such that harm is also intended that will continue past the initial attack.
A shield would seem a simple device to protect against an arrow or spear. However, having the ability to extinguish “fire” gives to faith an attribute not usually associated with a shield.
We might consider that the wicked intend harm beyond just puncturing with the addition of the “fiery” element. It may refer to a consuming corruption that continues past the point of penetration. The effectiveness of faith to halt this consumption may refer to an attribute of faith that is not often fully appreciated.
Consider the illustration we have of the first fiery dart fired;
Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the
field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea,
hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Here the question is not just a question but a fiery dart carrying with it doubt about God.
How much different things would have been if Eve had said instead, “Let’s ask him”.
The illustration shows us that faith is not just getting a ticket to heaven, but a bulwark against the corrosive evil in the world.