“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;” – Ephesians 6:14
The most under noted article in the Ephesians 6 Armor of God is probably the belt of truth, yet it is the very thing on which everything else hangs. The belt literally ties everything together and secures it in place. So what is it? It is truth and Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life, no man can go to the Father but through Him. Therefor this breastplate of righteousness that is connected to the truth comes only because of Jesus.
However it goes deeper. The belt is not for looks, it’s not a symbolic piece, it has functions and one of it’s main functions concerning this righteousness that is attached to it, is to hold it in place. Sure you can always choose to take it off willingly if you desire to expose yourself to the wilds of the enemy, but you don’t have too and if you don’t, you won’t loose it because the belt secures it (keeps it in place). So let’s look deeper into the belt.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” – John 14:16-17
The belt of truth and the Spirit of truth are one in the same. Jesus told His disciples that the Spirit of truth was the comforter and then later in verse 26 reveals that it is the Holy Spirit.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” – John 14:26
So if the Spirit of truth is the Holy Spirit then why did Jesus tell His disciples that this Spirit of truth that the world had rejected already dwelt with them but later would be within them? Because if Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life, then the Spirit of Truth, even the Holy Spirit, is quite literally, Jesus’ Spirit.
“And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” – Galatians 4:6-7
Therefore, because of what Jesus did, we can receive His Spirit within us which changes us into sons and daughters of God and gives us dominion over all the powers of the enemy, thusly it is by this power (the power of the Holy Spirit unto sonship, or grace) that we not only obtain righteousness but it is by the same power or grace that it is held in place, unless we grieving the Holy Spirit choose to take it off.
“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” – Ephesians 4:30
The late Leonard Ravenhill often said, “I do not teach that once receiving the Holy Spirit it is impossible to sin, (free will remains) but I do teach that it is possible not to. It is possible not to! God said that there is no temptation that He has not made a way of escape from. He has made a way through the unmatchable unlimited overcoming power of the Holy Spirit, which is grace! Yet this grace only comes by faith, therefor you must believe that it can before it will. It is possible not to sin but you have to believe that the blood of Jesus made this way before God will send the grace (the Spirit of His son) to empower you to not only put on His righteousness, but keep it on. That belt of truth will hold the breastplate of righteousness in place but you will only be given it by faith, faith in this truth. The truth, the way, and the life, that is to say: the truth that shows you the only way to be raised in newness of life, bearing the peaceable fruits of righteousness, without which no man shall see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)
So do you believe? Do you believe that the blood overcomes sin? Do you believe that God is stronger then the devil? Do you believe that He really has made away out of every temptation? Do you believe that when Jesus told the woman at His feet to “go and sin no more”, He with that commandment made a way to obtain it? Do you believe that all power, authority, and dominion belong to Christ? Do you believe that His Spirit lives in you and grants you that same power, authority, and dominion as a joint heir with Christ Jesus? Because Jesus shed His blood to set you free, to give you power over sin, authority over the enemy, to sanctify you by the spirit of grace (the Holy Spirit) granted because of the blood. Therefor, if you do not have faith in the power of the blood to do this, you will not receive the spirit which empowers you by grace to do it. Therefore, the grace only comes by faith.
So what is the truth that sets men free? It’s the truth that you CAN be set free, free from sin, totally free, because whom the Son sets free is free indeed! Do you believe? Because you have to believe! It will only come by faith! Don’t let the devil steal your faith! If you believe, you will receive, and if you receive, you will achieve, for that is the power of God unto us through Christ Jesus our Lord! Gird yourself with this truth and you will be able to stand against ALL the wilds of the devil.
“But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” – Romans 8:11-18
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” – Romans 6:1-7
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” – Hebrews 10:26-29