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Eph 6, Truth and Righteousness

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by superdave, Sep 13, 2004.

  1. superdave

    superdave New Member

    Jun 30, 2000
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    Great sermon yesterday on the breastplate of righteousness. A couple thoughts from the BB crew would be appreciated.

    the belt of Truth could be interpreted as either, being truthful in nature, or being protected by the truth of God, either way, very similar in concept.

    the righteousness clearly cannot be our righteousness, but imputed righteousness from Christ. So why does Paul tell us we have to put it on? See Ephesians Chapter 4 for more detailed discussion of putting off/on.

    My question is this. If indeed your loins are girt about with truth, would you indeed live a life characterized by righteousness? Or put another way, if you have not put on the breatsplate of righteousness, are you indeed living a life of truth?

    Pastor applied this to a person who teaches the truth of God, but does not live it.

    What do you think the practical realities are that relate to putting on the armor of God, and how does that relate to both salvation and sanctification.
  2. Word Traveler

    Word Traveler New Member

    May 31, 2003
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    [/QUOTE] So why does Paul tell us we have to put it on?
  3. Craigbythesea

    Craigbythesea Active Member

    Oct 21, 2003
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    Peter expresses it this way:

    2 Pet. 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

    And in Romans 8 Paul wrote,

    3. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,
    4. that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. (NKJV)

    The righteousness of Christ is not only imputed to the believer, it is imparted to the believer as he accepts it by faith and puts it on. Jesus didn’t just suffer on the cross, He died on the cross that we too might die and be raised up new creatures in Christ.

    Rom. 6:1. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
    2. Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
    3. Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?
    4. Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
    5. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
    6. knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
    7. For he who has died has been freed from sin.
    8. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
    9. knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.
    10. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
    11. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    12. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
    13. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
    14. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
    15. What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!
    16. Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
    17. But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
    18. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
    19. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
    20. For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
    21. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
    22. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.
    23. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (NKJV)

    2 Cor. 5:17. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV)