Ephesians 6:14a Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,… (KJV)
So here we have the first implement of our warfare.
What I’d like us to do when considering these individual pieces of the Armor, is to look at each in light of what it is dealing with in us, and try to see why Paul makes the particular association that he does.
Why do you think Paul Starts with TRUTH?
Why do the loins need protection, and what in your opinion does TRUTH have to do with this protection?
Actually there are three functions associated in the area of the loins.
—Waste disposal &
Any of these functions if injured in battle could be life threatening.
So think about that — Is the Christian walk even possible without truth?
Without truth there is no comprehension. Without TRUTH reproduction would cease.
WITHOUT GETTING RID OF WRONG or FALSE BELIEFS ONE WILL HEAR CHRIST SAY DEPART FROM ME FOR I NEVER KNEW YOU.
WHAT IS TRUTH’s ANTITHESIS?
Deception, or lies
Peter talked about Paul’s words being TWISTED to ones own destruction.
speaking about these things as he does in all of his letters. In which there are some things that are difficult to understand, which the untaught and unstable [who have fallen into error] twist and misinterpret, just as they do the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. 2 Peter 3:16 AMP
DECEPTION MAY EVEN BE WORSE THAN THE LIE.
Consistently Lying usually exposes itself; but deception is more diabolic. Satan actually used the word or a twisted truth to make his point when tempting Jesus.
BUT THERE IS A WARNING IN SCRIPTURE CONCERNING TRUTH. PAUL SAYS:
Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (KJV)
IS THERE A PROBLEM THAT IS TODAY REVEALED IN THIS VERSE?
Are the Doctrinal conflicts an issue today in the battle for truth?
THE SCRIPTURES ARE THE SOURSE OF TRUTH. Yet, they are also used to spread falsehood.
Did Jesus hold the Sanhedrin, the scribes, the Pharacees accountable for the truth of the Scriptures? They had the scriptures, but they did not know Him who is the truth.
Without truth there is no understanding.
CAN WE HAVE 2 Truths in opposition to one another?
There is no viable message. If we promote two truths the result is only confusion.
ARMOR is protection against the evil day (the attacks from the enemy), and it is AN OFFENSIVE IMPLEMENT OF OUR WARFARE to make disciples and thus save souls. Without TRUTH there is no Church.
And those who are confused about Truth don’t even know that there is Truth. Pilot said — what is truth?
WHY DID HE SAY THAT?
BECAUSE JESUS HAD SAID:
“I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37 NASB
Pilot upon hearing these words walked out. The world does not want any truth but their own.
THERE ARE SOME other TRUTH scriptures
THIS IS FROM JAMES:
My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:19-20 NASB
So what is the truth that this brother strayed from?
Jesus is the TRUTH
But Jesus IS ALSO THE WORD. What then are our sources of TRUTH?
WHAT IS DOCTRINE?
Is Doctrine TRUTH — ???
Yet in today’s church every doctrine is contested by some faction within the church.
SO PUTTING ON TRUTH IS NOT EASY TODAY.
—BUT JESUS IS THE TRUTH
— He says: MY WORD IS TRUTH
—AND THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE TEACHER OF TRUTH.
PUTTING ON TRUTH IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
Revelation 3:8 ‘I know your deeds. (Look! I have put in front of you an open door that no one can shut.) I know that you have little strength, but you have obeyed my word and have not denied my name. (NET)
WHAT DOES TRUTH DEMAND IN THIS VERSE?
Paul Says to Timothy:
“But if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” 1 TIm 3:15
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that your progress will be evident to all. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you. 1 Timothy 4:1-2,15-16 NASB
Truth is the foundation of our salvation.
13 But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. John 16:13 NASB