Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil...Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… Ephesians 6:11,14a
“Belt of truth” seems like a simple enough metaphor doesn’t it? Just be an honest person and don’t tell lies right? And that’s definitely an important element of good character! But is that all scripture means by “truth”? The absence of lies? This passage talks about an active “putting on” which sounds like more than simple avoidance of sin.
The belt of truth is something we put on, something active that we do
So if the belt of truth is something we put on, something active that we do, and not just something we refrain from doing, that must mean that being truthful is more than just not being dishonest, but actively telling the truth. Again, easy enough right? But what does that actually look like? Should we be walking encyclopedias, going around spouting accurate facts at every turn in order to be actively truthful? It is an interesting bit of trivia that tomatoes are technically fruit, not vegetables, and there may be some situations where that knowledge is even useful, but surely that is very little protection against the schemes of the devil unless the devil is very very good at trivial pursuit. The belt of truth must be more than not being dishonest and even still, more than being actively accurate in our facts, though both of those certainly contribute to being considered reliable and trustworthy.
As always we must look to scripture, what does the Bible tell us about the truth?
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. - 1 John 3:18
We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error. -1 John 4:6
“God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:24
Now we are getting somewhere. Truth is love in action! The sincere and active love expressed, not just in word, but by deeds. The truth is the spirit by which we know and recognize God. The truth is worshipful.
Truth is sometimes contrary to factual accuracies
Most importantly, the truth is a person, the person of Jesus Christ who says of himself “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me” Truth in action is the fear of the lord that comes from recognizing and acknowledging Him as the great I Am, the ultimate standard of truth. Truth is the wisdom that is evidenced in those who fear him. Truth is more than, and even sometimes contrary to, factual accuracies. Truth is a lifestyle of worshipful acknowledgment of Christ and is oriented around His gospel. Indeed it is hard to imagine how we could resist the schemes of the father of lies without being deeply planted and actively immersed in the word of truth.
Daily Nourish serves to encourage Christians to honor God with all their heart, mind, soul & strength and to love their neighbor as themselves. Thanks for stopping by! Davina
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