The Breastplate of Righteousness…
The second piece of armor Paul mentions in Ephesians 6:14 is “the breastplate of righteousness.” Why is the breastplate important—for both ancient soldiers and us?
The breastplate was a central part of the Roman soldier’s armor—it provided protection for the torso, which contains vital organs like the heart, lungs and so on. Without a breastplate, a soldier would be asking for death, as any attack could instantly become fatal. With a sturdy breastplate, the very same attacks become ineffective and useless, as blows glance off the armor.
Proverbs 11:4 says Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.
Without righteousness, we leave ourselves open to almost certain death. With righteousness—just as with a breastplate—the otherwise fatal attacks of our enemy are thwarted.
What is righteousness?
My tongue shall speak of Your word, for all Your commandments are righteousness.
1 John 3:4
Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.
1 Corinthians 15:34
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
To be righteous is to do what is right in God’s eyes! period…..That “What would Jesus do statement” kind of sums it up.
God’s commandments are righteousness. In contrast, lawlessness is sin, and sin is the opposite of righteousness. So to be righteous is to obey God’s laws of love!
We cant do it on our own, because the scripture is clear that our individual level of righteousness is on par with “filthy rags”—and when you’re looking to protect yourself from death, filthy rags make for a lousy breastplate.
Paul gives us the command to “take up the whole armor of God”—the obvious question is, “How?”
An in-depth concordance study of all the scriptures concerning righteousness (there are 301 in the New King James Version!) reveals that servants of God in the Bible who had righteousness all had it because they followed God’s way!
It is through a continuing and dedicated adherence to both the letter and spirit of God’s law that we can defend ourselves with His righteousness.
Once we have put on the breastplate of righteousness, we must be sure not to remove it. Ezekiel 33:13 shows that wearing righteousness is not a one-time event; rather, it requires a lifetime of action.
One day, the war we’re fighting will be over. And when it is, we are promised, “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever”
Work on it diligently…work on it daily….
I know its rough…BUT WORK ON IT!~