Show up Fully Dressed! Part 3
Ephesians 6:14-15 "Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace."
Once we have put on the full armor of God we are to stand in a readied position. Paul walks us through the different pieces of armor that we are to put on. Most all of the armor pieces are defensive piece except for one, the sword of the spirt (which we will get to another day). The first piece that Paul mentions is the belt of truth.
The belt was very important to the soldier. As they wore dress type tunics, the soldiers would reach back between their legs and grab the back part of their tunic. They would then pull if forward and tuck it into their belt. This would virtually turn their tunic into pants/shorts so that they could be agile in battle. The belt of truth is what we put on and it allows us to not only be swift in battle, but agile as well. In the greek, the word picture is someone how is a lover of truth, both in words and in conduct, sincerity and veracity.
The next piece of armor is the breastplate of righteousness. The word righteousness here speaks to character or conduct. Our conduct is to be just as it should be as a Christina...righteous. We should act in a way that is equivalent to "what is right." This is true in our common life among other believers and non-believers. It is also true in our relationship with God. He absolutely acts righteously towards us and expects us to walk in righteousness and therefore be kind and gracious and the other characteristics which comprise righteousness...or walking rightly. The breastplate protects vital organs, like your heart and lungs. When our conduct is righteous, it protects our heart and our lungs take in and exhale the very love of God and His word.
Once we have on the belt which readies us and the breastplate which protects our vital organs, we put on shoes which allow us to cover all sorts of terrain. These shoes make us ready to go and that is exactly what the gospel of peace does. The greek word here is pronounced i-rah'-nay and is defined as the gospel of peace which is the gospel of bliss or the gospel which leads to bliss/blessedness. The gospel readies us so that we are prepared for eternity. As a soldier goes into battle, knowing that eternity is secure allows then to go into battle with a readiness, a swiftness, and a willingness to do battle because they know that worst case scenario, they are secure for all eternity and will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever and ever (1 Thes 4:13-end) This allows a soldier to be focussed on the task at hand.
As you meditate on Ephesians 6, be encouraged and be ready. Know that doubt and other attacks are all around but do not fear, Jesus has already overcome the world....and because He has, you have too!