Loins Girt About with Truth
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:14
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (ESV)
Every piece of the believer's armor is critical for the Christian life. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones delivers this sermon on the six pieces of “the armor of God" in Ephesians 6:14. First are the “loins girt with truth,'' then the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the Gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. This is not an exhaustive list, but a highlighting of vital elements for spiritual warfare. First, have “loins girt about with truth”. There is no hope for the fight unless this is first put on. In the apostles’ time, people wore long flowing garments, but loose clothing hinders efficient movement. Soldiers braced their clothing together with a girdle in order to move without encumbrance. The spiritual meaning here is for the mind. Some think “truth” means our sincerity or candor. But the foundation of our armor cannot be our own sincerity and truthfulness. The girdle, as well as the sword, is the word of God. We must be wholly governed by truth, which is revealed in Christ Jesus. This truth is not uncertainty, doubt, or lack of clarity. It is a settled conviction, knowing whom and what we believe. The devil tries to create confusion and uncertainty. To repel him, we must be “girt about” with truth.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.