Armor of God – Breastplate of Righteousness

Ephesians 6:14 with the breastplate of righteousness in place

The breastplate was strapped to the soldier’s belt and was of course another crucial piece of armor protecting the torso which contains vital organs like the heart, lungs and so on. One swift blow with a dagger to the heart would take the life of a soldier within seconds. This piece of the armor was developed to be lightweight, combined with ease of movement and protection from blows.

How do we use the breastplate of righteousness?
Just as the roman soldier had to put on his belt first, then the breastplate, we too must dress in truth, allow truth to cleave to our core with the righteousness of God’s protection as we stand right before Him. Just as the roman soldier made every effort to protect the lifeblood of his heart, we too must protect our heart with righteousness. The enemy is constantly swinging daggers trying to reach the vital organs that produce life. We must protect them, without righteousness, we leave ourselves open for certain death.

Romans 6:18-23
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 119:172
May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.

Matthew 26:41
“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.”

Genesis 15:6
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.

Job 29:14
I put on righteousness as my clothing; justice was my robe and my turban.

Psalms 5:8
Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies– make straight your way before me.

Psalms 45:4
In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness; let your right hand display awesome deeds.

  • Jay Hartwell says:

    In faith, we have the righteousness that comes from Christ. We wear the breastplate of righteousness as the enemy attacks us with our past and present fleshly sins. He will come at us from ever angle trying to get to the heart. But we have confidence in this – “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.”

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