Paul spent a lot of time in Prison. It was from his time in Prison that he grasped the concept of a soldier fully dressed in Armour. In Ephesians 6:13-17, we see a description of the believer dressed in complete armour. Paul wants every believer in Jesus Christ to be fully dressed, just like a solider in the Army. To “stand” seems to imply watchfulness and readiness. A soldier is watchful and ready, unlike a solider who leaves their rank , he or she exposes themselves.
The belt of Truth
Paul uses the symbol of a belt as the first fighting tool the believer needs. The belt holds every-thing together. It is the foundation, as everything depends on the Truth of Scripture. The Truth is used to fend off the lies and assaults of the enemy. While the Soldier depends on physical armour, the believer in Jesus Christ has spiritual armour.
“But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation.” 1Thess. 5:8
The breastplate of righteousness
When a person believes in Jesus Christ, they are saved by the imputed righteousness of God. They do not have their own righteousness, they have the righteousness of God. The righteousness of God frees the believer from the accusations of the conscience, the whispers of despondency and the power of temptation.
“For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so towards you.” 2 Cor.1:12
“But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. 4 For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.” 1 Cor.4:3,4
“Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” 1 John 3:7
As the believer journeys through the Christian life, the process of Sanctification takes place. It frees the believer from the power and rule of sin. The wicked one desires to accuse the believer at all times. Sanctification makes the believer more like Jesus everyday. It makes the believer hate all that the devil stands for, it is a gradual process. Righteousness also means standing for what is right, living right, in a world full of darkness.
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