Originally posted in 2014
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Again, if you want to read the entire devotional passage on the Armor of God, read Ephesians 6:10-18.
Today we are discussing the breastplate of righteousness. A Roman soldier going into battle would wear a breastplate made of primarily leather pieces put together which would cover most of him other than arms, legs and head. Obviously, this was designed to protect the soldier’s vital organs from injury.
What is the breastplate of righteousness Paul refers to here? We will briefly discuss what it is not, then a couple of ideas on what it is.
It is not a breastplate constructed from any self-righteousness we might come up with. This would be a shield composed of some “holier than thou” attitude we sometimes assume when dealing with the world around us. The truth is, we are all lousy and have absolutely no righteousness of our own. If that is the best we can come up with, that we are somehow better than others, then defeat at the hands of Satan is just around the corner.
It could be a reference to the imputed righteousness we all possess the instant we are saved by the Grace of God. This would be a breastplate constructed from the knowledge we are 100 percent forgiven by God and declared righteous in His eyes at the moment of salvation. One of Satan’s favorite tactics is to make us doubt the goodness of God and our status with Him. The assurance of our salvation would certainly be protection when that attack comes from the Evil One.
It could, and likely is, a reference to the daily righteousness we have from living in daily obedience to God’s Word. If we strive to learn and obey the Word of God daily, then we will be able to stand before both men and God daily knowing we are protected from any condemnation from either.
As before, however, this requires action on our parts. We must know what God wills for us in order to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness. Again, prayer, reading, studying and meditating are they keys. In this case, it also requires a willingness to take what we have learned and put it into action in our daily lives.