The Armor of God – Belt of Truth

We’ll be looking at the Armor of God over the next few days. You can read about them 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 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 the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand, therefore, and belt your waist with truth and put on the breastplate of righteousness 15 and lace up your sandals in preparation for 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.

Belts are articles of clothing that aren’t important until you try running and your pants fall down.  Your belt, which oftentimes may just appear to be for looks, is something that is essential for moving, running, and, as we said before, holding your pants up when you are in a real hurry. 

This is the same for the armor of God, and in fact, every piece of the armor is modeled after something that a Roman soldier would have worn.  The belt would have been essential in holding all the other parts of the armor together.  The belt was, in many ways, the most needed part of the armor; without it, nothing else works. 

So we see for us, as Christians, in our fight against evil, we have truth as that essential part of our lives; truth holds everything together.  It is truth that is that essential part. 

For me, though, I wondered, what is truth in this concept?  What does it mean by truth? So, I used a tool that is always helpful to me in Bible study, the NET Bible, and went looking deeper at what is meant by “truth” we are told this. Truth is the truth of the Christian religion.  

I really like that. The thing that holds everything together and that everything is bound by is the truth of faith. Our doctrine. What it is that we believe. What we believe about Jesus.  About salvation. About good works. About sin.  Correct doctrine is so important because correct doctrine guards us from errors that can rob our peace, our life, our joy, our everything. 

If we don’t know the truth about sin, we don’t believe that need salvation. If we don’t know the truth of God’s love, we believe that we are unlovable.  If we don’t know the truth of scripture, we won’t know where to turn. If we don’t know the truth of the cross, we don’t know the cost of our salvation. If we don’t know the truth of the empty grave, we think death wins. If we don’t know the truth of the Trinity, we don’t know who God even is.  

Truth, the truth of our faith, of our beliefs, may not seem like much at first, but correct doctrine and belief, like any good belt, holds everything together.  

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