Let’s briefly review what the whole armor of God consists of.
The Belt of truth:
I mentioned a few weeks ago that each piece of God’s armor was directly related to Jesus. The first part of the armor that you are to put on and never take off is the belt of truth. Who is truth? Jesus is truth! Jesus himself said in john 14:6 that He was the way, the truth and the life.
Why do we need to put on truth? Let’s remember why we are to put on the whole armor of God. We are to put on the whole armor of God so that we may be able to stand, to resist the schemes, the wiles of the devil. Part of Satan’s battle plan is to constantly bombard us with error and lies. Remember that Jesus himself labeled Satan as the father of lies.
What do we need to know the truth about? First and foremost we need to know the truth about who God is, who Jesus Christ is and who the Holy Spirit is. Then we need to know the truth about ourselves and who we are now that we are in Christ. Satan is going to constantly bombard us with questions and accusations, who is going to try and cause us to doubt God’s goodness, he is going to try and get us to doubt our relationship to Christ. He is going to lie to us, to try and deceive us every chance he gets. Because we are going to be constantly bombarded with error we must put on the belt of truth.
Second we are to put on the breastplate of righteousness.
Again in Isaiah we read Is. 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
In Jeremiah we read Jer. 23:6 In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
Paul writing to the the Corinthians 1Cor. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,
The Lord is our righteousness, and Jesus Christ has been made our righteousness. We are as Christians to put on the breastplate of righteousness. Paul uses righteousness here as a reference to our obedience. We are protected by our obedience to the Word of God. Just think about that for a moment. Our obedience to the Word of God protects us in our daily spiritual battle. Just as God promised protection to His people in the Old Testament as they obeyed Him so to do we have the promise of protection when we walk, when we live in obedience.
Third we are to put on our feet the gospel of peace
I want us to notice how Paul writes this. Look at verse 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
The gospel of peace refers to the peace that we as believers now how with God through Jesus Christ. No longer are we an enemy combatant with God, now through the blood of Christ and our faith in Christ we are peace.
Paul uses a phrase that caught my attention. Notice that he says “…having put on the readiness…” What does Paul mean by that? The word itself means “a state of being ready for action, being ready to…” My question is ready to do what?
Let’s think about the context in which Paul wrote these words. The theme of this passage is one of spiritual warfare, of being engaged in hand to hand combat with the enemy.
So what Paul is saying is that we are to be ready to fight, to be ready to engage the enemy. You as a believer are to be ready to engage the enemy at any time, at any place. Are you ready?