2010-06-24 - The Armor of God
The Breastplate of Righteousness (v.14b)
Righteousness is truth applied to our lives. A breastplate represents it. The only full metal piece of armor that any soldier wore was the breastplate. You, your testimony and your walk with God live and die by your actions in their adherence to or deviation from the truth. Romans 3:22 says "the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe". We are given his righteousness. Isaiah 64:6 says our own righteousness, self-righteousness, is like filthy rags. Going into a fight do you want to wear a dirty t-shirt you knitted or a Kevlar vest made by God?
Looking at historical information we see that Romans had 3 types of breastplates. There was a leather breastplate, a simple thick leather shirt; studded leather, the same as the first but with metal circles basically riveted on it, and the full metal type with connected pieces of metal. Christ lives in our hearts so the more Christ is seen thru us the stronger our breastplate will be.
Let me make an observation on righteousness. We are given righteousness apart from works. We are credited with righteousness we don't earn it. Read Romans 4:11.
Romans 4:11 - And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also.
Abraham was credited righteousness before his circumcision. Also look at James 2:20-24 to see him credited righteousness because he was willing to sacrifice Isaac not because he sacrificed him.
Now read Romans 4:21-25.
Righteousness requires two things. It requires discipline and discipleship. We must learn and stick with what we learn. Righteousness comes not from doing good but simply desiring to do good. We are credited righteousness for our desire to please God not because we are always perfect and never fail. But failing in discipline or discipleship we will be easy pickings for the enemy. That is why we are never to quit, never stand still, and never sit down.
Also when I think of the breastplate I think of the chest. Like a medal it should be worn on our chest with pride. We ought always to stand for what's right and Godly without compromise or apology. Too many Christians tip toe around and timidly say, "Well I'm sorry but that's just the way I feel" Good did not call us to be church mice he called us to boldly proclaim his message and be a light in the darkness proclaiming his gospel.
Until next time...
All verses are from the King James Version unless otherwise specified.