Grace Bible Church
Pastor-Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Friday, September 20, 2013

EPH 6:14  Therefore, hold your ground “AFTER” you have buckled on your combat gear around your waist with truth, and [AFTER] having put on the breastplate of righteousness.

“Breastplate of Righteousness” = has to do with the believer’s integrity in the midst of the angelic conflict and spiritual warfare.

The “integrity of God” begins with your relationship with God and without a relationship with God there is really no true integrity.

1.  Integrity is the spiritual strength to put into operation that which you claim to believe.

2. Secondly, Integrity also is the means conforming to certain standards or rights.

3. Integrity is the quality of “life and power” needed to live because integrity gives the believer capacity to act and to “perform properly.”

4. One of the most important goals of the Christian life is to develop integrity or to put on the breastplate of righteousness.

5. Motivational integrity which is personal love toward God. Or functional integrity which is unconditional love toward all mankind.

6. One writer said that: Integrity is for a man to know what is good and what is evil, what is useless, shameful, and dishonorable.

7. The Romans defined integrity as devotion and loyalty, especially to your family.

8. A believer who pursues experiential righteousness and loyalty finds true life, +Righteousness, and godly honor, PRO 21:21.

PRO 21:21  He who pursues righteousness and loyalty Finds life, righteousness and honor.

9. Loyalty and sacrifice and knowledge of God rather than sacrificial giving is what the Lord truly delights in.

The first concept has to do with the first item of equipment called the girdle or really the belt or harness of the Roman soldier.

Aor-act-imp of the verb histemi = to stand against, to oppose, to hold your ground, to stand fast.

The superior creature being Satan and all the fallen angels. Angelic creatures are infinitely stronger and greater and smarter than we are.

The aorist tense is a constantive aorist, it views defensive action against Satan and demons in it’s entirety.

It has taken the believer a lengthy time of dedication and devotion as a student of the word of God to reach the point where he is able to put on the harness, or the belt of truth.

You have to have truth, and the more truth that you learn, the more truth you will understand.

Then, the more truth that you understand, the more truth you will think.

And, the more truth that you think, the more chance for integrity you will possess.

The active voice, the Church-age believer produces the action of the verb under the military metaphor of defensive action.

The imperative mood is the imperative of command in which God makes a direct positive demand on the volition of every church age believer.

“oun” = therefore. A conjunction simply joins together sentences, clauses, phrases, or words. An inferential conjunction is derived as a conclusion from facts or premises, that’s why it can be translated “because of this”

EPH 6:14  Because of this, hold your ground consistently,

Aor-mid-part of perizonnumi – to buckle on a belt.  To put on your battle harness which is used metaphorically for equipping oneself with the knowledge of truth.

having buckled on your combat gear around your waist with truth,

All the military equipment was in some way attached or connected to this harness.

The aorist tense is a constantive aorist which means that it is something that you do on a daily basis.

The middle voice is an intensive middle in which the Church-age believer acts for himself upon something belonging to himself.

perizonnumi – to buckle on a belt. Here it means to put on your battle harness which is used metaphorically for equipping oneself with the knowledge of truth.

And this is a temporal participle in which the action of the aorist participle precedes or comes before, the action of the main verb.

The main verb is, “hold your ground”….but you can’t hold your ground until you have buckled on your combat harness first.

You cannot hold your ground against Satan until you have Bible doctrine or the buckle of truth.

The wearing of the girdle or a battle harness in the ancient world took on the meaning of one who is ready and prepared or strengthened for service or action.

Here it means to put on your battle harness which is used metaphorically for equipping oneself with the knowledge of truth.

Aor-mid-part of perizonnumi which means to buckle on a belt or to put on your battle harness.

The aorist tense is a constantive aorist which means that it is something that you do on a daily basis.

The middle voice is an intensive middle in which the Church-age believer acts for himself upon something belonging to himself.

And this is a temporal participle in which the action of the aorist participle precedes or comes before, the action of the main verb.

You cannot hold your ground against Satan or even take offensive action in the execution of the PPOG until you have Bible doctrine or the buckle of truth.

So this verb then, perizonnumi, implies a combat belt issue for every Roman soldier as a part of his equipment.

The part that went around the waist actually was the bottom part of the belt which held the breastplate in place.

However, remember the principle: you had to have the belt on before you could put the breastplate on.

You have to have truth or Bible doctrine first, before you can operate in the righteousness or the integrity of God.

A baldric is a shoulder belt usually of ornamented leather worn over the chest to support other parts of the military equipment.

The baldric would consist of two parts: a broad leather “girdle” or belt which was worn around the waist, and a leather strap, which was slung across the chest and over the shoulder.

The various parts of his body which would cause him to be killed were extremely well protected and therefore the belt was the basic part of the armor.

The baldric was also stud­ded with metal plates and fastened with an decorated buckle.

Suspended from this belt also were the scabbard or a sheath for the sword and loops for ropes and rations; all were easily accessible as they were needed.

The girdle or the battle harness was that part of the Roman’s armor that everything else depended upon.

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