The Cingulum

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April Fools Day…Hummm. Kinda ironic that we will be talking about Truth today, huh?


“Having girded your loins with truth” (Ephesians 6:14).


From the prison cell in which Paul wrote these words, he probably had a view of the typical Roman armor of the day. Let’s watch the following video clip together, to get our own visual of this vital piece. 



Interesting, huh? 


Simple in design, this Roman military belt was the only piece of armor worn by the soldier when not in battle. So, even if he didn’t have on any other pieces of the armor, he had on this one. It set him apart as being in the military. Civilians wore no such belt.


Did you catch the main function of the cingulum? It was a suspension strap for his sword and dagger. In other words, it was the place of rest when his sword or dagger were not in use. 


And how about those pieces of leather that dangled in the front? Scholars feel that although this did add some protection against the slashing swords of the barbarians, the main purpose of all of this decoration was mostly for additional noise. Imagine the din these would create as thousands of soldiers paraded down the cobble-stone roads in unison. 


During the last post, we considered how the belt of Truth is for the Life, not just the mind. It is to be worn by those in Kingdom service and not to be expected outside His realm.


Today, we discover the vital link between Truth and the Word of God (the sword of the Spirit). 


In order to wield the Word of God correctly, we must first have Truth firmly positioned within us. Before we read the Scriptures, we must predetermine that we will accept whatever He says as truth. We not only believe that God’s word fits in line with truth, but indeed that His “Word is Truth” (John 17:17). 


Our culture regularly dictates their viewpoint of reality – or sometimes the lack of it. Yet, as legionnaires of the Lord, we have a commitment first and foremost to His Truth. We can rightly divide the Word of Truth because we accept God’s definition of it as alignment to final reality rather than our own circumstances (2 Timothy 2:15). Truth doesn’t come from the outside in, but from the inside out. The standard is God, not ourselves. 


And although we may feel that our own standing for Truth makes very little noise among the din of the world, we are a mighty force when we march united (Ephesians 4:4-6). “Not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more, as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25). 


So tell me, what has the Father revealed to you about the belt of Truth?