“Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Are you therefore not a king? Answered Jesus, As for you, you are saying that I am a king. I for this purpose have been born and for this purpose have come into the universe, in order that I might bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.’Pilate says to Him, “What is Truth?’” John 18:37-38a (Wuest)
Today in America, you may identify with Red State or Blue State, and find strong confirmation from your browser search and social media. Does it matter if you or others strongly and sincerely believe? Should beliefs be based on what your daddy or momma say, what your friends, internet friends, internet gurus or traditions say? Is how we feel (our emotions) the basis for belief, as many young Americans have been taught? As divisive as today may seem, sincere beliefs led to America’s Civil War.
Does what we believe really matter? Beliefs lead to thoughts which lead to actions which lead to habits which lead to legacy. How one answers, “what is truth?” determines how one lives and dies and determining what is true is the most essential and necessary part of our human existence.
So, what is the truth? The truth is God’s objective standard, which transcends culture and time. We have to first know the truth. “Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’” and “to the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ “ John14:6 & John 8:31-32 (NIV).
As Kingdom men, we called to daily “put on” the belt of truth, which is the first piece of the “full armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10–17). Why a belt? At the time of the writing, many men wore loose fitting clothes and the men would tuck the bottom into their belt when it was time for work or for battle. As armor, the belt holds the rest of equipment together.
Daily Battle Order: You need spiritual weapons to fight spiritual battles, and you are not unequipped. As if your own father had laid out appropriate clothes for an important event, you still have to choose to dress yourself. Likewise, every day you have to choose to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Putting on the armor of God starts with putting on the belt of truth.
Join TJC the weekend of 10 April on the Chickamauga battlefield to learn more about Truth and the rest of the armor of God.