Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,Ephesians 6:14(NASB)
We are all so familiar with the armour of God as laid out in Ephesians 6... but no matter how much we learn about it, there is so much more to discover... for every piece of our spiritual armour points us to the Lord Jesus, the eternal Son of God - and every aspect of our holy covering is immeasurable.
The very first piece of our protective covering is truth. We are instructed to have our loins, "girt about with truth," for without the gospel of truth which comes from above, we believe a lie. Without the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ, we are dead in our sin and condemned to an eternity without God.
We are to bind the truth to our heart and meditate upon it day and night. We are to test all things by the Word of Truth and allow it to foster integrity in our heart and faithfulness to our calling. We are to know the truth that comes from God for the truth will set us free. And we are to speak the truth to others, in love - for our sufficient strength is found in Christ and is bound up with the truth of God.
Truth is a gift of God to all who are His and is recorded in the Word of Truth. We are indwelled by the Holy Spirit of truth Who has promised to guide us into all truth - and The Truth shall indeed set us free - free from slavery to sin and Satan, free from the assaults of death and destruction, free from the power of the enemy of our souls, free to live as God intended man to live - in total dependence upon Him for the praise of His holy name.
Truth is the gift from God that was personified in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. He was the One Who claimed, "I am the Way and the Truth." And He is also the eternal Resurrection and everlasting Life Who dwells in unapproachable Light. He is God's only true and living Way.
It is only as we believe the truth of the glorious gospel of Christ, that we are saved by grace through faith in His finished work at Calvary. Truth is the highway to holiness and the pathway that leads to the righteousness of God. He is 'the Lord our Righteousness' for we have no virtue of our own.
Christ is our living Head and we are clothed in His own perfect righteousness and declared to be holy before God, by faith in Him. We are to maintain the pure covering of Christ's own perfect purity, for it is only as we perform a practical righteousness in the power of the Holy Spirit that we become impregnable to the fiery darts of the enemy.
Once we have been placed in Christ by grace through faith... and positionally sanctified and set apart unto Him, we are to continue in our day-to-day spiritual battle by participating in a progressing, practical, ongoing sanctification process. For only as we are undergirded with truth, overshadowed with His life, and holding fast to Christ's righteousness, will we be protected from the assaults of the enemy.
Let us hold fast to the truth of the glorious gospel of grace that was once delivered to the saints and stand firm under the covering of Christ's own purity, wherewith we are clothed by faith. Therefore, let us take up the full armour of God so that we will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything - we will be able to stand.
Heavenly Father, thank You that Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life and that I have been clothed in His own righteousness by grace through faith. As I live out my life, I pray that I may walk in integrity, speak the truth in love, and be continuously clothed in Christ's own righteousness - so that I may stand in the evil day, and having done all to hear You say, "well done, good and faithful soldier," to Your praise and glory, AMEN.