June 16 2021 – Ephesians 6:10-20 – The Breastplate of Righteousness

We continue to look at the armor of God in Ephesians 6: 10-20

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. 15 As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. 16 With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. 19 Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak.

Today we continue with the armor of God. The piece of the armor that we look at today is the breastplate of righteousness. There are two concepts that we need to think about with this are the concept of what the breastplate is and then what the concept of truth is. 

The breastplate is the main covering that the Roman soldier would have had over their torso which is where the main organs are, especially the heart.  In their world, the heart was the center of their being.  This first bit of armor protects who we are.  It  protects our hearts, our souls, our minds, it protects “us.”  You have to understand that in a spiritual battle, the devil longs to destroy us as we are.  We are the pinnacle of God’s creation, as humans, and the devil longs to destroy what God has created.  To survive this battle, God arms us with armor that will protect our hearts. 

Now, the question then is, what is that armor exactly?   It is the breastplate of righteousness.  What does that mean?  Well, righteousness has a couple of meanings in this context.  First is the righteousness of God. That is the righteousness that God gives us through Jesus Christ. He sees us through the lens of the cross.  He sees us through the lens of the cross.  He sees us through His righteousness.  Our righteousness is not of our own work, but of His. 

So, when the devil attacks you and tells you that you are not good enough, it is not your goodness that matters.  It’s God’s goodness.  You are covered in the righteousness of God.  Don’t let the devil’s attacks get to you.

But the second connotation of righteousness here is living out the righteousness and justice of God.  When we live out God’s kingdom, our hearts are protected because we are being faithful.  Live in God’s power and in His faithfulness. That righteousness protects our hearts.  

The devil will attack, yes. But God’s righteousness will protect us. 

Tomorrow we’ll continue with Ephesians 6: 10-20

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