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Page 4 - August 2018 - Truth & Tidings
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he battle imagery of Ephesians 6   in the truth. Paul describes the truth as a
              is not the picture of modern day   belt, which may not seem like a significant
        Twarfare with mach2 F-35 fighter     piece of armor, but it is essential for the
        jets splitting the sound barrier, of remote   soldier’s welfare. Roman soldiers wore a
        drones,  or  satellites  observing  enemy   short skirt and on top of that, a cloak or tu-
        movements. The imagery is of the soldier,   nic, secured at the waist with a belt. When
        dressed in armor, on the ancient battlefield   they were about to enter battle, they would
        in a one-on-one, face-to-face, deadly com-  tuck the loose hanging material under the
        bat, with swords flashing and arrows fly-  wide leather belt to give them freedom
        ing. One of the main truths Paul is trying to   of movement. “Girding up,” as the King
        convey is that we cannot go into the battle   James Version says, or “fastening the belt,”
        unprotected. In order to be a victorious   was an indication of readiness to fight. As
        believer in a hostile environment, we need   believers, we cannot do battle until we have
        protection beyond what we ourselves can   “tightened” the belt of truth. Knowing and
        provide. We need God’s protection. This is   living in the truth will increase our appre-
        why Paul says, “Take up the whole armor   ciation of Christ, strengthen our ability to
        of God” (Eph 6:13, ESV). Without God’s   fight the lies, and transform us more and
        help we will fail.                   more into the image of our Lord.
          It is not surprising that the first piece of  Knowing and Enjoying the Truth
        armor Paul instructs believers to put on   Truth  is  inseparably  linked  with the
        is the belt of truth; through the truth, we   nature and person of God Himself. In Deu-
        are enabled to combat deception. Jesus,   teronomy 32:4 it says, “He is the rock, His
        who is the Truth, described Satan saying,   work is perfect: for all His ways are judg-
        “When he lies, he speaks out of his own   ment: a God of truth and without iniquity,
        character, for he is a liar and the father of   just and right is He” (KJV). He is the author,
        lies” (John 8:44, ESV). As children of God, it   originator, and possessor of truth. In John
        is essential that we know the truth and live   14, the Lord Jesus says, “I am the truth.”

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