What exactly is this truth we are to gird ourselves with?
DefinitionFIDELITY, CONSTANCY b : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2 a (1) : the state of being the case : FACT (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : ACTUALITY (3) often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality b : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true <truths of thermodynamics> c : the body of true statements and propositions
3 a : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality b chiefly British : TRUE 2 c : fidelity to an original or to a standard
4 capitalized, Christian Science : GOD
- in truth : in accordance with fact : ACTUALLY
Since Eph 6:12 teaches that we are in a spiritual battle, it follows that we are to gird ourselves with spiritual truth.
Also, this spiritual truth is the same for everyone, objective, not subjective. We know that this is true as Eph 6:8-9 teaches us that God treats us all the same.
Let's define objective and subjective.
1 a : relating to or existing as an object
of thought without consideration of independent existence -- used chiefly in
medieval philosophy b : of, relating to, or being an object
, phenomenon, or condition in the realm of sensible experience independent of
individual thought and perceptible by all observers : having reality
independent of the mind <objective reality> <our reveries... are
significantly and repeatedly shaped by our transactions with the objective
world -- Marvin Reznikoff> -- compare SUBJECTIVE
3a c of a symptom of disease : perceptible to
persons other than the affected individual -- compare SUBJECTIVE
4c d : involving or deriving from sense perception or
experience with actual objects
, conditions, or phenomena <objective awareness> <objective
1 : of, relating to, or constituting a subject
: as a obsolete : of, relating to, or characteristic of one
that is a subject
especially in lack of freedom of action or in submissiveness b :
being or relating to a grammatical subject;
especially : NOMINATIVE
Let's restate our definition substituting synonyms for the terms objective and subjective.
Spiritual truth is the same for everyone, just, fair, impartial, dealing with facts, free from bias in judgment, not arbitrary, illusory, or peculiar to a particular individual. It is in accordance with reality, a body of true statements.
Examples of Spiritual Truth
Psalms 25:10 - "All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies."
Psalms 119:151-152 - "Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth. Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever."
I John 5:6 - "This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth."
John 14:6 - "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
I Pet 1:22-23 - "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
John 8:31-32 - "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Psalms 119:29-30 - "Remove from me the way of lying: and grant me thy law graciously. I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me."
Psalms 119:142 - "Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth."
"There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the
true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the
world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and
truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his
fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and
truth came by Jesus Christ."
John 16:12-14 - "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you."
John 17:14-19 - "I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth."
Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and other books refer to the word, or the
gospel, as the truth several times:
Spiritually, God tells us that His Son is truth, His ways are truth, His everlasting Word is truth, given by his Spirit which is truth. We can know this truth, and it will set us free from sin. Holding forth our own opinions, even with sincerity, is not truth.