14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, Ephesians 6:14
This comes from the part of Ephesians where Paul is talking about the armor of God. While I mentioned this passage in a previous post, let’s look specifically at the order we are to put on the armor of God, and when we are to stand firm.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
From putting on the FULL armor (not partial) you will be able to stand your ground.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
So we are to stand firm in truth and righteousness
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
And be fitted with peace
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
And to use our faith to counter any attacks from the enemy.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And protect yourself with your salvation and get ready to slay with the word of God.
With all of these things, we will stand firm.
Each piece of armor has a specific place and purpose. It has always fascinated be as to why it is the “breastplate of righteousness” and “belt of truth” and not the other way around?
We have to understand what our armor of God is and what it does.
Belt of Truth– other translations say “girded” with truth. This means to encircle, surround or secure. So by wearing the belt of truth we surround ourselves with the truth knowing who Christ is and who we are in Him.
Breastplate of Righteousness– Once you surround with the truth, you have to protect your heart with righteousness (that is exactly what a breastplate does, is protects the heart). Also, in ancient times this breastplate would have been worn by the Jewish high priests and have had twelve jewels (one for each tribe of Israel). So this breastplate signified their position, much like our metaphorical breastplate signifies ours. Righteousness is a outward symbol of God in our hearts. Obtaining righteousness through Christ is not possible without the understanding of truth.
Shoes of Peace– Our feet are fragile and need protect as we walk places, so in a practical sense shoes are very important. Each step we take spiritually we must have the power of the Gospel protecting us. As we travel new places, we take the Gospel of peace with us, preparing us for an enemy territory we might “step” into.
Shield of Faith– The shield is a battle is the immediate object used for protection. So we can put up our shields of faith and use it to protect the individual attacks (those flaming arrows) against us.
Helmet of Salvation– What do helmets do? They protect your head, so the helmet of salvation protects your head and your mind from lies of the enemy. Salvation is at the very core of your identity in Christ, so it always something to remember. Salvation is, “deliverance from sin and its consequences brought about by faith in Christ.”
Sword of the Spirit– Up until now all of the pieces of armor are there for when the enemy attacks (defense) but by having the sword of the Spirit the word of God, that is how we attack (not just defend) our ground.
Once you are ready it is time to stand firm in prayer.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Take a moment today to put of your armor, and go to battle for the Lord. Remember Christ has already won the battle for us!