We continue to look at the armor of God in Ephesians 6: 10-20:
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.
Today we are told to fasten the Belt of Truth around our waist. Remember the armor of God as we see in this passage is modeled after the dress of a Roman soldier. This belt would have been an essential part of the armor for the Roman soldier. This would have been used to bind and tie together all of their armor. If you have heard the phrase gird of your loins, that would have been what the belt would have been used for it, it would have been a vital part of what the soldier would have had to do going into battle. If all manner of clothing and armor were not tied and bound together, it would be impossible for the soldier to fight.
As we enter into a spiritual battle, likewise it is important for us to have truth binding all things together. The Greek word truth here is a word that has a lot of different connotations here, but it means most fully the objective truth of God as taught by the Christian religion. In other words, the truth of who God is, Father, Son, and Spirit, and the truth of God’s plan and grace as revealed to us through Scripture.
God is love and God desires to save us from sin and the effect of sin. God has given us His Son (but within the Trinity, give us Himself) to save not only us but all of creation from sin.
We are led and bound by the truth of God as revealed to us, not by our emotions, or feelings, or by things of the earth that fleeting. We are bound together by God and His truth.
We can’t find against evil if we are not bound in truth. Remember that. Know that. Hold fast to that. Gods’ truth, as revealed to us in scripture, through the church, and through all the ways that God means us, that truth binds us together. That truth keeps our life.
Tomorrow we’ll continue with Ephesians 6: 10-20.
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