Spiritual Armor: The Truth Belt

I. The imagery used (spiritual battle) gives us both implicit and explicit truth.

A. The frequent use of military metaphors verifies the battle theme of the Christian life.

1. We are in a spiritual fight (Ephesians 6:10-13)

2. We are not fighting with physical weapons (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

3. We are instructed to “endure hardness as a good soldiers of Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:3)

B. The “Armor” metaphor builds on basic weaponry of the Roman soldier.

1. It is not intended to specify limited functions (as if Truth can only be useful around your midriff)

2. It is not intended to promote Roman style fighting (as if all spiritual battles must gather the Saints in a Phalanx).

3. It is used to convey military attitudes.

4. It is designed to describe spiritual preparedness for spiritual battles.

II. The initial armor piece is a “belt” of “Truth.”

A. This describes the belted body armor of the Roman infantry soldier.

1. It was to cover the lower abdomen to the mid-thigh.

2. It was to protect from non-fatal, but very painful injuries.

3. It was the device used to attach (hold, store, and remain ready) both supplies and weapons.

a. Water bag/canteen
b. Personal wallet (food, money, mementoes)
b. Main fighting sword
c. Other personal war implements

B. This “Truth” is an absolute necessity in our spiritual battle against Satan.

1. The essence of the strength of Satan is UNtruth (John 8:44)

a. He is the “deceiver of the whole world” (Revelation 12:9)
b. He operates within the framework of truth (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

2. The essence of the strength of the Lord Jesus is Truth (John 14:6)

a. He is the “faithful witness” (Revelation 1:5)
b. He is the accurate Spokesman (John 12:46-50)
c. He is faithfully recorded and communicated to us by the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15; 1 John 2:20-27)

C. This Belt of Truth is needed to prevent our becoming “wounded” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

1. We can be “plundered” by false teachings (Colossians 2:8)

2. We can be “beguiled” by good sounding words (Colossians 2:4)

3. We can be “tossed to and fro” by crafty and deceptive men (Ephesians 4:14)

4. We can “depart from the faith” after listening to “seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1).

III. The Belt of Truth must be “taken up” and “put on.”

A. This demands conscious action on our part.

1. The armor has been designed and provided by God.

2. The protection does no good unless we “dress” ourselves with it.

B. This involves, of course, a knowledge of the Word of God (John 17:17)

1. We mature “in truth” (Ephesians 4:13-15)

a. We strive for the “fullness of Christ”
b. We speak “the truth in love”

2. We are to be “doers” of the Word (James 1:22)

a. We do not just listen, thereby deceiving ourselves
b. We do the work, expecting God’s blessing

3. We must handle the Word of God carefully (2 Corinthians 4:2)

a. We renounce the hidden things of dishonesty
b. We do not walk in craftiness
c. We manifest the truth openly

C. This also involves “doing” the Truth (1 John 1:6-7)

1. We are to “walk in the light”

a. If we “walk in darkness” – we lie
b. If we “walk in the light” – we have fellowship with Christ.

2. We must obey God’s commandments (1 John 2:4-5).

a. If we are in habitual disobedience, we are living liars
b. If we are in willing obedience, we have confidence in Truth

3. We must “serve the Lord in truth”

a. If we cling to the “old” lifestyles, we are conflicted and cannot be effective in our service of truth (Joshua 24:14)
b. If we “hold back” from un-reserved truthfulness, we will become a casualty of the spiritual battle (1 Samuel 12:24)
c. If we live with unconfessed sin, it will separate us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2)
d. If we refuse to confess sin, God will withhold good from us (Jeremiah 5:25)
e. If we do not grow in the knowledge of truth, we will lose the assurance of our own salvation (2 Peter 1:9)

4. We must speak the truth (Ephesians 4:25 - 5:7)

a. We are members one of another (Ephesians 4:25)
b. We are followers of God (Ephesians 5:1)
c. We must not participate with the ungodly (Ephesians 5:7)

D. This obviously involves “asking” (prayer) for the armor.

1. We are to “put on” the new man (Ephesians 4:24)

2. We are to “put on” the Lord Jesus Christ.

a. We “cast off” darkness and “put on” light (Romans 13:12-14)
b. We are “immersed” into Christ (Galatians 3:27)

Psalm 119:9-16
Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. 
With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. 
Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. 
With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.  I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.

Series: 
Identity
Lesson: 
#16
Book: 
Ephesians
Verses: 
6:14

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