Summary: Part 5 of the Whole Armor of God series.
The Whole Armor of God Series
Part 5 – The Breastplate of Righteousness
“14Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,”
We’ve talked over the past few weeks about what Spiritual warfare is, the unseen battles that rage on in the backgrounds of our lives, how to recognize and deal with attack’s from the devil in our lives, and we started week before last with the whole armor of God.
The first piece of God’s armor that’s mentioned is the “Belt of Truth”. This is the very first thing you must put on. The belt on the Roman Soldier’s armor would hold his sword & dagger, and the breastplate would fasten to it as well.
We know that Christ is the truth. The belt represents the acceptance of Christ and His truth. You MUST have this BEFORE you can wear any other part of the armor. The truth to discern what is of God.
The next part of the armor is the breastplate of righteousness. On a Roman Soldier’s armor, the breastplate was custom made to fit that soldier. It was specifically designed for him to protect him from attacks. This breastplate protected the soldier’s heart and major organs from a potentially devastating wound by protecting their area of weakness.
Our breastplates are from God’s armory. Custom made by God Himself to fit each of us in our lives and protect us where we are weak. My breastplate would not fit anyone else here, nor would it properly protect them in their area of weakness. It was made by God, for me! And yours was made by God for you!
So what is righteousness?
Greek word is dikaiosune dik-ah-yos-oo’-nay (Strong’s #1343)
• The condition acceptable to God
• Right Standing before God
• To be found innocent
• Justified – to be acquitted of the charges
“17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21God made him who had no sin to be a sin offering for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
On the cross, Christ was an offering for us and our sins so that we may become the righteousness of God!
“8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.”
Many of us walk in constant guilt and condemnation feeling like failures, not worthy to serve God or receive any blessings from Him. If we don’t believe we are the righteousness of God through what Jesus did on the cross, our armor is ineffective!