Ephesians 6:14-18 – “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints…” NKJV
After Paul’s directive and urging for the believers to be prepared and put on the whole armor of God enabling them to withstand the wiles of the devil, he gave them clear instruction and we do well to hear and heed it. He repeated what he has said twice they are to STAND as they WITHSTAND the assault of hell against them. Here he gives them a comprehensive understanding as to what they are to do in preparation and as an enablement to STAND and WIN.
He enumerates several pieces of armor the believer is to daily clothe himself with as enablement to STAND and WITHSTAND which indicates both defensive and offensive posturing spiritually. Let’s briefly consider the Whole Armor identified and consider its function and purpose.
- Girdle or Belt of Truth.
In the armor of the Roman soldier of that day, the armor was girded close to the body by a belt. It kept the armor in place and provided a place to hand offensive weapons from. This was a vital part of the soldier’s armor. Paul identifies this item as the “Belt of Truth” because TRUTH, the Truth of God, the Truth Who is God is vital if we are to STAND in spiritual conflict. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life…” The Gospel of Jesus is the Truth of God and if we are not wrapped tightly in His truth we will become an easy prey for the forces of hell and their deception. Remember the armor is designed to enable us to Stand against the Wiles or Schemes of the devil. TRUTH, God’s Truth liberates and enables us to walk free of deception and delusion. Without the “Belt of Truth,” our other armor would be subject to deception and could become out of place or misplaced. Truth is our Anchor.
- Breastplate of Righteousness.
The heart covering is Righteousness or Right Standing with God. This covering indicates and urges not only the principle of righteousness but the practice of righteousness. We know from scripture that our righteousness is filthy rags in comparison to His righteousness. We remember the directive of Jesus to “Seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness.” This is a piece of armor designed to cover the heart but to also remind us that we are, by the work and declaration of Christ Jesus, “The righteousness of God in and through Him.” We take on the Breastplate secured by Truth which assures our hearts that we are IN HIM and He is IN US.
- Gospel Shoes.
Or as it reads, “having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” There is more here than time would permit but suffice it say that feet indicates and implies walk and/or life. Our lives are to be anchored in the Gospel and Peace of God. This also indicates a continual state of readiness for the Israelites were commanded to eat Passover with their shoes on, ready to travel. Isaiah refers to the feet saying, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes PEACE; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that says to Zion, Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7) Preparation, readiness, Good News, and the Peace of God that passes all understanding are the anchors of our lives, our work, and our warfare.
Due to the brevity of time and the limitedness of space, I will cover the next pieces of our armor in the next devotional. So, until then, God bless you and keep you is my prayer and desire. God with God and He will go with you.