“Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” –Psalm 51:6
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
The next seven lessons deal with the Christian’s armor, used in daily battle. Paul is emphasizing that our major battles are not against people but against forces that are unseen. He then outlines what is necessary for a Christian to stand against anything Satan can throw at us.
“The word rendered ‘wiles’ means, properly, that which is traced out appropriately here rendered wiles meaning cunning devices, arts, attempts to delude and destroy us. The wiles of the devil are the various arts and stratagems which he employs to drag souls down to perdition. We can more easily encounter open force than we can cunning; and we need the weapons of Christian armor to meet the attempts to draw us into a snare, as much as to meet open force. The idea here is that Satan does not carry on an open warfare” (Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament, Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 1011).
To have loins girt about with truth, “…the idea here may be that as the girdle was the bracer up, or support of the body, so truth is fitted to brace us up and to gird us for constancy and firmness. The girdle kept all parts of the armor in their proper place, and preserved firmness and consistency in the dress; and so truth might serve to give consistency and firmness to our conduct… Truth preserves a man for those lax views of morals, of duty, and of religion, which leave him exposed to every assault. It makes the soul sincere, firm, constant, and always on its guard. A man who has no consistent view of truth, is just the man for the adversary successfully to assail” (Ibid, p. 1012, 1013).
Then knowledge, knowledge of right things, true things, is very important to a Christian. And then, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them” John 13:17.
- Define “truth.” Why is it essential that truth be absolute?
- Who is the source of truth? John 17:17. What did Jesus say of Himself? John 14:6.
- Why is truth an important attribute of God? Deuteronomy 32:4; Hebrews 6:17-19.
- If we reject these sources of truth to what are we left vulnerable? II Timothy 4:2-4; II Peter 2:1-12.
- What happens to those who seek truth another way? II Timothy 3:1-9. Explain why.
- What may be one way of bringing them out of this? II Timothy 2:21-25.
- What can the scriptures do for us? II Timothy 3:14-17; John 8:31-32.
- How do we gain truth and what is to be done with it? II Timothy 2:15. What help is available? John 16:13.
- How important is it to believe the truth? II Thessalonians 2:9-12; Romans 2:8-9.
- What promises concerning truth are given the true believer? Psalm 91:2-4; Romans 2:7; Luke 12:31, 34-36.
We are living in perilous times, when every truth of God is questioned and the Bible is regarded as outdated. This is primarily because men are unwilling to accept absolute principles of right and wrong. Situation ethics and “values clarification” has almost completely replaced the teaching of true morality in the classrooms of America. The only hope for our age—the only hope for any age—is to return to God and the Bible for a strict definition of right and wrong. To believe that the means justifies the end is to be deceived! The absolutes of God teach that evil means of any kind will produce death. Our only hope is to discern and embrace the truth—It will make us free!