We are taking a look at our spiritual armor, but specifically we are looking at the belt of truth this week. We have heard these terms many times before, but it is important for us to understand why Paul is using them. Remember that Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus Being in the Roman empire Paul is using imagery that the people encountered on a daily basis. Everyday the people would see Roman soldiers and the gear they wore. Keep that in mind.
The piece of armament Paul describes is the belt of truth in Ephesians 6:14. That verse reads, “Stand therefore, having fastened the belt of truth around your waist, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.” To rise victorious over evil, Christians must be fully committed to the Gospel and take advantage of every spiritual resource. Things such as scripture, sound teaching, and prayer are crucial weapons in spiritual warfare. These things, great as they are, need to be grounded in truth. But what is the truth?
If we ask someone they may say that truth is anything you feel it to be. If what is true for you is good for you, and what is true for me is true for me what good is that? What if my truth says your truth is a lie? Is it still true? Friends…truth is not a concept or an abstract idea. The truth is a person, and that person is Jesus Christ!
The Apostle Paul uses the metaphor of the belt of Truth for a couple of reasons. First and foremost the teaching of Christ (i.e. truth) should be held near and dear to us. In fact, without Christ we will be unable to overcome any attack that the enemy hits us with. Without a solid foundation, we will buckle under the first hint of pressure. John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible states, “And to have the loins girt with it, shows, that it should be near and close to the saints, and never departed from; and that it is a means of keeping them close to God and Christ, and of strengthening them against the assaults and attacks of Satan; and is of great use in the Christians’ spiritual conflict with their enemies.”
Secondly, for the Roman soldier a belt was not a piece of insignificant clothing as it is today. The belt was normally made of leather and extended down to the thighs, protecting the lower abdomen and genital areas. The soldier would then tuck his tunic in and be on guard and ready to move very swiftly. This act of the soldier was a display of valor and courage. Paul’s point in telling us to gird our loins with truth is that we cannot be ready to fight the enemy, if we are not strong and ready with God’s truth.
In order to put on the belt of truth, we must know what that truth is. If we are not engaged in regular reading and prayer we may put the wrong belt on. The results of that have the potential to be disastrous.
God bless you all!