“Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… Mph 6:14a
Why do we need the Armor of God?
Its an interesting question because it is one of those times that the “churchy” answer seems like the correct answer. We need the Armor of God because the Bible tells us that it is important. We need the Armor of God because we are in a fight for our souls. How many of us, however, actually on a daily basis fight for our Christianity?
Most of us I would venture to say could live our current lives without the Armor of God because we don’t ever find ourselves in a war with this world. If the world or the spiritual powers that Christ calls us to stand firm against attack we are all to happy to just move on down the line thinking “I’ll fight the next one.” After all the world might be correct on this issue.
That is the bottom line. Most christians today, whether they would admit it or not, do not believe in the absolute truth of the Bible. If the bible is in contradiction with what the world tells us we are quick to align ourselves with the world. We don’t investigate, we don’t struggle, and we don’t pray over these issues because there truth may be just as valid as ours.
The absolute truth of the Gospel is the only reason we have to fight. Take away that truth and we may as well hang up all the other pieces of the armor because no one fights for something they know is not true. Without the Absolute Truth of the gospel every part of our armor is weekend to the point of being harmful to us.
The Belt of Truth
Truth in life as with the Armor of God is the single thing on which we hold up ever part of our lives. If you have ever had a belt that you thought would hold give out on you then you know the danger you can be in if a truth that you held give way. No mater if it is serious or silly when something you know to be true is proven false it can reck your beliefs.
This is why Paul set up the truth of the gospel as the belt for our spiritual Armor. If for any reason the bible is not true than ever thing that we hang on that belief becomes useless in the fight.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Righteousness is the defense of the major part of our body. The largest thing that can be attacked is our actions and attitudes. This is why it is good that we are not clothed in our righteousness but in the righteousness of God. However, if the truth of the gospel is not absolute than we are counting on our own righteousness to save us and that would be worse than useless in the spiritual battles we fight.
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace
We can have peace in God because we are comforted by his grace. The protection we have in Him gives us “a peace of God that surpasses all understanding”. We walk in that peace daily and take comfort in the fact that we can live worry free because God is in control. If truth is not absolute, however, than we will live in worry over our salvation and our lives needing to control everything or risk loosing it all.
The Shield of Faith
We use our faith in the gospel as a shield to fight off the “flaming darts of the evil one” that when we are attacked by worry, guilt, or shame we can defend ourselves with the knowledge and faith in the Armor of God. If truth is not absolute, we are not defended by a shield, but instead hobbled by a crutch that slows us from taking actual control of our lives or as Paul puts it.
“If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. 1Cor 15:19
The Helmet of Salvation
It is the knowledge of salvation that protects and transforms our mind. We are ultimately not afraid of the things of this world because we know that we have be saved for a future place. If truth of the gospel is not absolute then we have only a wisp of protection and are in danger of grievous harm because of the snares of this world.
Why do we put on the Armor of God?
Because the Truth of the Gospel is our reason to fight, our reason to go to war, and in war we must be protected from the evil one.