“Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,” Ephesians 6:14.
God is telling us that we are in a spiritual war. We are facing the schemes of the devil and our earthly struggles are not, ultimately, against flesh and blood – things of earth. We’re wrestling against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
God has not left us alone but has given us armour to protect us and to help us in our fight, so that we might stand firm.
John 8:44 – “ For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.”
John 14:6 – “ Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me.”
Psalm 86:11 – “Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to Your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor You.”
Ephesians 4:21 “…assuming that you have heard about Him and were taught in Him, as the truth is in Jesus…”
“Truth is in Jesus.” Truth flows from Jesus, the King of the Universe and God, Himself. As the second person of the Trinity, He created all things. So any truth finds its roots, its source, in Jesus Christ.
This is established and cemented by the prophet Isaiah. The Apostle Paul is not just drawing on Roman armor, but on Christ as the fulfillment of the prophecy of the divine warrior who came to rescue God’s people:
“…truth has stumbled in the public squares, and uprightness cannot enter. Truth is lacking…The Lord saw it and it displeased him…then his own arm brought him salvation…He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on his head; he put on garments of vengeance for clothing, and wrapped himself in zeal as a cloak” (Isa 59:14-17).
The truth refers to Christ Himself and all the truth He embodies. But what do we actually do to put this armor on?
The answer begins by each of us asking ourselves this question: Who or what has the final say in my life?
When it comes to decisions I’m making, to how I navigate relationships, to how I parent, to how I work, to how I worship and believe, who or what has the final say in my life?
If I could write what the belt of truth is in one sentence, it would be this:
To fasten on the belt of truth is to give Christ the final say in our lives (v. 14).
Does Christ have the final say in your life? Is He the ultimate trump card, the ultimate truth in your life? Is He the light by which you see truth and determine what truth is in your world, in your life, in your circumstances?
Truth keeps us secure in Christ and makes effective all the other pieces of armor in place. Truth is a person. Jesus Christ.
By Stella Ashworth
The Bay Friendship Club
Christian Networking Group