“ Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,”
The Bible speaks more about clothes than you might think, both figuratively and literally. From Genesis, Adam and Eve were clothed in animal flesh after they were shamed by their nakedness; to the purple robe worn by Jesus in the moments leading to His crucifixion and the white robes the martyrs will receive in Revelation. These details might seem obscure, but these garments all point to Jesus and our redemption.
In Ephesians, Paul is writing to people he had probably never met, but were fellow believers in Christ. He beautifully reminded them of their true identity in Jesus. He applauds them for their faith in Jesus, but also instructs them on how to treat each others as fellow believers. It is like Paul waits to teach about the Armor of God, so the reader has a clear understanding of the tools needed to achieve success in their relationships and their lives. He uses The Armor of God as an example to express how much of our daily battles can only be fought when our eyes are set on Jesus. Our war is not against bad guys and terrorists and the jerks we encounter in traffic. Our war is against the one roaming about seeking whom he may devour. When we realize the reality of Christ in us and He provides a covering over us, we are prepared for supernatural battle (Ephesians 6:12).
Paul calls the Ephesians to armor first with the Belt of Truth. What is truth? It’s JESUS! He is the way, the truth, and the life. Paul says, “…the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation (Ephesians 1:13). When we buckle up our belt of truth, we are putting on the foundation of our armor; the soldier’s belt held his sword in preparation for battle. Our daily devotion to the truth of who Jesus is and the power of His resurrection makes us conquerors over death and the grave. Jesus gives us that same resurrecting power (Matthew 10:1).Spiritually. Physically. Miraculously.
We must arm ourselves with truth, because each day we step out into a world ruled by the father of lies, the enemy. Knowing the truth helps discern right from wrong and real from fake. Knowing the truth destroys every lie.
We must remind ourselves that it is the gospel of the truth that sets men free. (John 8:32)