“And this is why you need to be head-to-toe in the full armor of God:
so you can resist during these evil days and be fully prepared to hold your ground.
Yes, stand—truth banded around your waist, righteousness as your chest plate,
and feet protected in preparation to proclaim the good news of peace.”
Ephesians 6:13-15 (VOICE)
Why did Paul choose armor to illustrate our being protected against a spiritual enemy? Rome ruled the country and the people. Roman soldiers dwelled in every province into which Paul traveled. The citizens knew exactly what constituted an armor. By addressing the pieces of armor to which Paul refers, we gain a better mental image of what he may have been attempting to paint.
The belt. Paul urged the Ephesians to gird themselves with truth. A soldier wore a tunic with a belt around the loin which is the waist. The belt held the tunic up and supported the sword, demonstrating readiness to serve.
As a corrections officer my son wears a uniform that requires specific items at all times. On his belt, he must wear his tazer, two sets of cuffs, pepper spray, radio, baton, and gloves. At 150 pounds and six feet tall, I picture his belt as completely covered. He must be prepared for any circumstance.