*Please be advised that this study does delve into sexual matters*
The Armor of God
V. 14 “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”
• Girded 4024 (Greek dictionary of the NT) Perizonnumi: to gird all around, completeness
• Loins 3751 (Greek dictionary of the NT) Osphus: procreative power
• Truth 225 (Lexicon) Aletheia: the reality pertaining to an appearance
• Righteousness 1343 (Lexicon) Dikaiosune: God’s righteousness is imputed and imparted as a gift to man and not earned. It results in God’s act of justification by faith through Christ; man can only accept the claims of God upon his life as he repents of his sins and receives Christ as his Savior by faith, and thus becomes a child of God, realizing God’s claims upon him by the miraculous regenerating action of the Holy Spirit.
Paul starts us right off with a big one doesn’t he? The loins, the procreative parts of us. It is no secret that our modern world is driven by sex. Everywhere you turn, there it is. Now understand that the loin gird on a suit of armor was usually a belt, but what is the job of a belt, to hold up the bottom coverings. So for arguments sake lets go with the fact that the loins are the procreative parts of us shall we? Now the very first part of the Armor of God that we are to put on is the part that covers our procreative parts, and what are we to cover them with? TRUTH. And what does truth in this verse mean? The reality pertaining to appearance. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and sounds like a duck, then guess what? IT IS A DUCK! This is not a mysterious saying here, Paul is warning us that the sexual part of human nature can drive us to do things that we normally would not do. If we think that something may be immoral sexually than it probably is. We are to be mindful to protect ourselves from what the world crams down our throats every single time you turn on the TV, radio, or a magazine, or even reading a novel. It is everywhere, while sex is an important part of life, it should not be the driving force behind everything that we do. If you watch TV this is what it seems like, that it can cure all the problems in a relationship. We are sending the message that sex is a recreation and nothing more. That it has no special place or meaning in our lives. God gave us this act as a bonding between a husband and wife, to create life, to become one with one another.
So why is this the first part of the armor that we are to put on? Because it is the sin that is done in and against the body; all other sin is outside the body, but sexual sin is a sin that we commit in the body. 1 Cor. 6:18, “Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” (NLT) Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). Remember in the last part of this study we learned in John 14:23 that Jesus told us if we obey His rules that He and the Father would make Their home with us? Our bodies are the home of God!
Here are some verses that cover what the ultimate consequences of this particular sin; Galatians 5:19-21, 1 Thess. 4:1-12, 1 Cor. 6:9-11. We will not inherit the kingdom of God!
This is what happens to you as a direct result of this sin; Rev. 2:14-16, Rev. 2:20, Rev. 2:21-23, and I feel it is important to actually show you what Paul says to the Ephesians in Eph. 4:19, “They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.” (ESV) I feel that this is important to note because it tells us that this sin makes us insensitive to what God tries to tell us. This is such a delicate area of the human spirit, when we give this part of ourselves outside of God’s perfect plan it leaves us feeling so many things that we tend to shut the feelings down that make us feel bad. This makes it easier for us to turn a blind eye against other sins. This for sure is one of the most dangerous and slippery slopes that we face as Christians.
Paul tells us that we must keep this part of our lives protected in truth. He tells us “…and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,…” to protect our hearts with God’s righteousness. The heart is the seat of all man’s emotions, and actions. (Mt 12:34 tells us that what is in the heart is what comes out of the mouth.) The breastplate’s job is to protect the heart. So here Paul is telling us that it is important to wear these two pieces at the same time. They are no good unless they are worn together. I find that we make excuses for our behaviors, then, when we stumble and fall in this area of our lives it makes it easier for us to rationalize it. We put ourselves in places of temptation, then when we are carried away by the lust of our flesh (this doesn’t just pertain to sex, it could be drugs or alcohol addiction, or anything that is outside the will of God) we say, but it just happened. Or the devil is attacking me. No we ALLOW this into our lives when we refuse to wear the breastplate of righteousness with our loins girded with truth. Lust according to the dictionary is not just sexual in nature, it is the over mastering desire or craving for something. In other words, it is something that drives you to want something no matter what the cost. It masters you. And as we know, that which masters us controls us. (Luke 11:17-23)
What is God’s righteousness and how can we obtain it? The righteousness that Paul is referring to here is the gift that God freely gives to those that accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior through faith. This is the power that we “put on” and “take up”. This is what we have been studying this whole time! This is the power that allows us to be able to stand firm, and resist in the day of trouble. This is what we need to be successful to wearing the armor of God! We are only at the first 2 pieces of the armor and how exciting it is to see it all coming together for us. We can‘t see the big picture of our lives, we can only see piece by piece the puzzle as it happens. But as we get older if we are honest we can take a step back and start to see why certain things happened and how God is using them to mold us and make us more like Jesus (if we allow Him to that is).
Things are really starting to get exciting! I hope that you join me tomorrow for part 6 (more than half way now, only 3 more studies to go). V. 15” and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;”
As always, God bless you till we meet again.