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Absolute Truth and the Armor of God

“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.

 

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Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Through the Bible, Uncategorized

 

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Super Hero Faith

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”  Heb 11:1

What is the first thought of a super hero when he discovers he has “powers?”  Once you are past all the, “Dude, this is awesome!” and “I’m gonna kick that bully’s butt!” what is left to think?  Did Captain America trust his shield the first time he used it?  Did Spider-man try his web swing right out of the gate?  Did they have faith that in the heat of battle there “powers” would sustain them?

To talk about faith, you must also talk about belief; though they are not the same, they do go hand in hand.  So what is belief? Belief, simply put, is an opinion or conviction of something with no available proof.  So what is the difference?  Faith is allowing your life to be molded around a belief and living as if that belief were fact.  The classic example is this: when a person walks into a room and sees a chair, he most likely believes it can hold  his weight. It becomes faith when you place yourself at the mercy of that chair.

So do we have true faith?  Are we as people willing to act on the belief that God will sustain us through the upcoming battles?  How can we truly know if we will be able to use the shield of faith? Here are some ways to know if you are ready.

1. Do We Obey?

“If you want to know if you have true faith first look at your obedience.  When God calls do you listen and do, or do you grumble complain and question?  Your obedience should be like Abraham’s who ‘obeyed when he was called to go out….and went out, not knowing where he was going.” Heb 11:8

2. Do We Please God?

Not only should we look at our obedience, but also we should see if our personal actions are pleasing to God.  Does our life line up with scripture?  Are we living like we truly believe in Christ?  In this respect we should be like Enoch who “walked with God” (Gen 5:24) and “…was commended as having pleased God.” Heb 11:5

3. Do We Trust God’s Faithfulness?

Do we truly believe that God will protect us?  When the chips are down and its just you and God in your corner, do you really believe that he will provide for you?  Is your belief just God can do, or God will do?  We should be like Sarah who was allowed to conceive well past her prime because “she considered Him faithful who had promised.” Heb 11:11

So, do super hero’s have faith in there “powers,” and if they, do can we truly be like them?  Can we as mere mortals in this world, not only believe in the power of God, but also have faith that this power will sustain us through all the times of our lives? Can this power truly save us?

“But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.”  John 1:12

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in Theology of Faith

 

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