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The Belt of Truth - Ephesians 6:14

The first piece mentioned in the panoply of the "armor of God" for the Christian is "the belt of truth." But, what is truth? Why is it listed first? Why is it vital and what does it protect? Jesus said to Pilate, "To this end was I born, and for this cause I came into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth." (18:37)

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The Belt of Truth - Ephesians 6:14

  1. 1. 10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
  2. 2. The Believer’s Battle Commands: Ø “Be strong in the Lord” (κύριος [kyrios]) Ø “Put on the whole armor of God” πανοπλία (panoplia) Remember Archilles
  3. 3. Deuteronomy 20:2–4 2 So it shall be, when you are on the verge of battle, that the priest shall approach and speak to the people. 3 And he shall say to them, ‘Hear, O Israel: Today you are on the verge of battle with your enemies. Do not let your heart faint, do not be afraid, and do not tremble or be terrified because of them; 4 for the LORD your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.’
  4. 4. Hebrews 4:14–16 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
  5. 5. The Believer’s Battle Commands: Ø “Put on the whole armor of God” 1) “having girded your loins with truth” 2) “having put on the breastplate of righteousness” 3) “having shod your feet with the gospel of peace” 4) “taking the shield of faith” 5) “take the helmet of salvation” 6) “(take) the sword of the Spirit”
  6. 6. Ø Function Ø Identity Ø Association
  7. 7. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
  8. 8. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth,
  9. 9. Representative Jarrold Nadler (D-NY) said, “Religion is no excuse for discrimination in the public sphere, as we have long recognized when it comes to race, color, sex, and national origin, and it should not be an excuse when it comes to sexual orientation or gender identity.”
  10. 10. If it passes the U.S. Senate will compel churches, religious (especially Judeo-Christian) businesses, and other employers to hire those who deny the very principles of the organization by their lifestyle choices.
  11. 11. 1. Includes the part of the body between the ribs and the hipbone on both sides of the backbone; the mid-section. 2. Biblically includes the sex organs, "the fruit of his loins" (Gen. 35:11; I Kgs. 8:19; Acts 2:30; note also Prov. 31:17)
  12. 12. 1. Crucial to the provision of strength and mobility in combat. Deut. 33:11 "Smite through the loins" (hit below the belt)
  13. 13. 2. The bowels are in this region, which to the Hebrew was the seat of emotions ("bowels of mercies"), affections • Isa. 21:3 "my loins are filled with pain" • Nah. 2:10 "much pain (is) in all loins” • girding loins with sackcloth was a sign of mourning (I Kgs. 20:32; Isa. 32:11; Jer. 48:37)
  14. 14. 3. Modern idioms expressing the same thought as the ancient Jew: • “Intestinal fortitude” = perseverance • “Belly-aching” = complaining • “Gut-reaction” or “visceral response” = emotional response • “Having the stomach,” “the guts or gonads for it” = strength, courage
  15. 15. 1. WHERE? Your Enemy (Satan = adversary) of your soul - attacks your emotions, affections a. "Wiles" (methodeia) = strategems, cunning craftiness, a clever camouflager, nefarious powers to undermine b. "Principalities, powers, rulers...spiritual wickedness"
  16. 16. 2. HOW? Lies • Jn. 8:44 "He is a liar (Devil = diabolos), and the father of (lies)" • I Cor. 15:33 "evil communication corrupts good manners"
  17. 17. a. Encourages Personal Disobedience by undermining God’s character & credibility • Question & Doubt God – Gen. 3:1 "Hath God said?” • Contradict God's Word – Gen. 3:4 “you shall not...die” • Impugn God's motives – Gen. 3:5 “you shall be as God”
  18. 18. b. Confusing us (believers & non- believers) with false doctrines • Gen. 3:13 "the serpent beguiled me, and I did eat" • Eph. 4:14 "tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind (spirit) of doctrine"
  19. 19. Eph. 5:6 "let no man deceive you with vain words" Acts 20:29, 30 "grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also, of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them" • I Tim. 4:1 "Doctrines of demons" • Mt. 7:15 false teachers who come "in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves"
  20. 20. Mt. 24:24 "if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect" II Cor. 11:14 Satan's greatest disguise has always been to appear before men as an "angel of Light" II Tim. 3:13 "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." Jude, John, Peter, and Paul, all warn us against false teachers.
  21. 21. Elements: leather with an iron, brass or steel cincture Size: fitted to the soldier Function: Service Indicated: Readiness Truth
  22. 22. Daniel 10:5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a certain man clothed in linen, whose waist was girded with gold! Isaiah 11:5 Righteousness shall be the belt of His loins, and faithfulness the belt of His waist.
  23. 23. Elements: white linen + 3 colors Size: 2¼” wide, 48’ long Function: Service Indicated: Readiness Truth
  24. 24. Familiar Hebrew, idiom: • Ex. 12:11 When the children of Israel were called by God to leave for the Promised Land, they needed to have their “loins girded” • Prov. 31:17 “she girds her loins with strength” • Lk. 12:35 The Lord was talking about His second coming when He said, "Let your loins be girded about, and your lamps burning.”
  25. 25. Ø Greek: (alētheia) Ø Latin: veritas Ø Hebrew: (Amein)
  26. 26. Jn. 17:17 ”…Thy Word is Truth" Jn. 8:31,32 "If you continue in My word, then are you My disciples indeed; and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." I Cor. 16:13 "watch, stand fast in the faith"
  27. 27. Jn. 18:33 "To this end was I born, "Jesus replied, "and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Everyone that is of the truth hears My voice" (cf. Jn. 18:37). Jn. 1:17 "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." Jesus is God's absolute truth embodied in human form for all men to see, receive and follow.
  28. 28. Jn 14:6 "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." Eph. 4:17-24 "But ye have not so learned Christ, if so, be that ye have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus." Truth is more than "blind faith" (presumption, foolishness) and far more than "personal opinion" or "feelings"
  29. 29. • Confess you know nothing • Confess that Truth is in Christ • Obey the Word of God
  30. 30. 813-677-5220 or sanctitas@aol.com http://TRUTHtransforms.com

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