Lesson for the Lord’s Day

Stand therefore having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness. Ephesians 6:14

A scoffer once challenged a Christian by declaring that there is no such thing as thing as absolute truth. The Christian replied, ‘Are you absolutely sure of that?’ It is certainly a nonsense in logic to say that there is no such thing as absolute truth. The logic goes like this: if there is no absolute truth, then the statement that there is no absolute truth must be a lie, which means there must be absolute truth. Of course there is absolute truth, even earth’s mathematics and true science are filled with absolute truths. For example, four plus four must always equal eight, and the laws of gravity cannot be safely challenged. Although we can be sure there is absolute truth, can we always be sure of finding absolute truth? Yes we can! The Lord Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the truth. And we have His Word in our hands today.

In today’s text, Paul is beginning to describe the armour worn by a Roman soldier of his day. There is a good reason why he identifies first the Belt of Truth. When the soldier had prepared himself for battle, with every piece of his armour in place, the belt was drawn snug to hold everything else together. Without the belt, the rest of the armour would fall off or flail about, making the Roman soldier defenceless and unable to fight effectively. Without the Belt of Truth, the Christian soldier is the same. The absolute truth of the Word of God gives the Christian a sure and confident foundation. The truth that we as Christians live out in our lives gives those around us evidence that there is such a sure and confident foundation.

One of the after-effects of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 was NOT a widespread turning to atheism. People knew that the shifting, unstable sands of atheism offered no hope or comfort at such a time. No, those earth shaking events caused a turning – albeit brief – to a recognition of a need for God. Even today, fans in many major league baseball parks sing ‘God Bless America’ during the seventh inning stretch, a testament to the reality that truth, hope, and comfort are found in God, not in a denial of God. And yet, we need to recognize that all of the Word of God is truth. Many around us welcome some, or even most of Scripture as truth, but they stop short of accepting it all. We don’t have the option of picking and choosing our truth from the Bible. If it is true, we must accept all of it. And we must be very careful of those who fail to do likewise.

If God and His Word are true, we can be assured of always being true as well, as long as we line up our truth with His. – Jim MacIntosh

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