Today we are going back to Ephesians in the short study of what it means to put on the full armor of God.
“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth,”- Ephesians 6:14
This is pretty gnarly. What even is the Belt of Truth? i don’t know but it sounds awesome. To accurately understand what the Belt of Truth is lets look at what a ordinary belt does. A belt is made to hold up your pants. All day long, you wear your pants, and if you didn’t wear a belt, you would be hobbling along all day with your pants on the floor. Therefore, you are unprepared for the day, lacking your belt. You’ll try desperately to hold up your pants by walking around all day with your hands holding your pants up. All of a sudden, that kid from across the block sees your hopeless struggle of keeping your pants up. Being not protected or girded, he brings your pants down to the ground man. This is a day without your belt.
Now, consider spiritually if you have not fasten/ put on the Belt of Truth. the enemies gonna try to pull down your pants during battle all day. Cause you’re fighting with a sword in one hand, and a shield in the other. How are you going to hold up your pants? Both of your hands are occupied? This is what Paul was alluding to. The belt of Truth is the Truth that we know. The Gospel. We know the Truth. Jesus also says,”you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.”(John 8:32). Isaiah 59:17 says, “Righteousness shall be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist.” What is the belt of Truth but knowing what is true, and girding up your loins and preparing for a day of battle. Once you know the truth you wear it around you like a belt to keep you from stumbling. Because when we forget the Truth do we not stumble? When we have not fastened ourselves around the fact the Christ died for us; wretched, hell-bound sinners, we will stumble. We are not ready for the battle of the day.
i’ll end with this. Jesus did not leave us as orphans John 14:18 says. He has given us the Holy Spirit! He says in John 16:13, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” The Holy Spirit is our Helper, and the only way a Christian can live. He is our life-source. Without the Holy Spirit, we can do nothing. But thanks be the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has given us the Helper, to lead us in all Truth.
Ask Jesus today to pour out the Truth and Love of the Gospel into your heart today by the power of the Holy Spirit. Even ask Him to fasten your the Belt of Truth around your waist.