“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.“Ephesians 6:14
Today, we would continue with the second piece of the armour of God which is the breastplate of righteousness.
This piece viewed as a part of a soldiers armour typically covers his vital organs, the heart inclusive, and is fitted with buckles that attach it to a thick belt. If the belt was loosened, the breastplate would slip right off.
Relating the soldiers armour to the armour of God it could be deduced that each piece represents a part of God’s strength that He extends to us when we become His children. Therefore the breastplate of righteousness refers to the righteousness purchased for us by Jesus at the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21).
At salvation, a ‘breastplate’ is issued to each repentant sinner. It is specially designed by God to protect our heart and soul from evil and deception. So in effect, this piece is like Christ saying to us your righteousness isn’t sufficient to protect you from satan’s attacks, wear mine!
Furthermore we are instructed to “put on” this armour, which implies that we do not automatically wear it all the time. So we must make conscious efforts to ensure that it’s worn at all times.
As we established yesterday, the belt of truth holds the whole armor in place and so to put on the breastplate of righteousness, we must first have the belt of truth firmly in place. Without truth, our righteousness will be based upon our own attempts to impress God.
We “put it on” by seeking God and His righteousness above everything else. Making Him our dwelling place and delighting in His commands.
This means that when God reveals an area of change to us, we obey and allow Him to work in us. At the point where we disobey, we open a little crack in the armor where Satan’s arrows can get through (Ephesians 6:16).
As we wear the breastplate of righteousness, we begin to develop a purity of heart that translates into actions. And creating a lifestyle of practicing what we believe in our hearts. As our lives become conformed to the image of Christ, our choices become more righteous.
However, when the armor is abused or worn incorrectly, it can malfunction. Carelessness, unbelief, abusing grace or disobedience interfere with the effectiveness of our spiritual breastplate and can hinder our ability to stand firm and defeat the enemy in our lives.
In conclusion, we need our breastplate of righteousness in place in order to gain the victory. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
When we keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith we keep our breastplate securely fastened.