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The Faith of the Gospel

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 6:14

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (ESV)

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The modern church believes that the Bible has value, but is not relevant to this scientific age. With Ephesians 6:14, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains that this is foolish. The moment we sit in judgment of it, we pridefully place our own reason above the Word of God. We must submit without reservation to the authority of the Bible. Modern teachers say there is no such thing as propositional truth. They say that the Bible is just the record of men’s mystical experience of God. This is existentialism: nothing matters except the moment of truth where I encounter and accept God. To modern teachers, there is no objective standard to use in forming beliefs. However, the Bible teaches that truth can be known, reduced to actual definitions and statements. We have something outside ourselves to check our own feelings and opinions of others. When the Bible speaks of mystery, it means truth that is inaccessible to the minds of men until revealed by God. Apostolic Christianity is propositional — “this” is the gospel, “that” is not. There is a definite message to measure and test teaching. We are exhorted to “gird your loins” with the truth; and we rejoice, for there is actually something by which we can know whether we are doing so or not.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 6:14, New American Standard Bible

14Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Ephesians 6:14, King James Version

14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

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.