Keep your hearts safe! Put on the breastplate of
righteousness as part of the armor of God
The physical breastplate defends all the vital organs that are
the thorax. In the same way the breastplate of righteousness
defends everything on which the man’s spiritual existence
The word righteousness signifies four things. All four of these
are exemplified by the breastplate of
1. The principle of righteousness.
righteousness is the character and nature of God. It means to be
right and to be in a right relationship with God. This
righteousness refers to true holiness implanted in the heart. While
we possess this principle, our eternal spiritual lives are
"For the Lord watches over
the righteous and listens to their prayers." (1Pe 3:12)
Righteousness is a condition that pleases
"When good people pray, the
LORD listens." (Pro 15:29)
My righteous people, however,
will believe and live;
but if any of them turns back, I will not be pleased with them."
condition is provided by the breastplate of
practice of righteousness.
practice is to live a holy life. It is to think right, to speak
right and to do right. A life regulated by the word of God shall
inevitably lead to works of righteousness that will form a fence
against the attacks, reproaches and accusations of the
Let no one deceive you, my
children! Whoever does what is right is righteous, just as Christ
is righteous. (1Jo 3:7)
For it is not by hearing the
Law that people are put right with God, but by doing what the Law
commands. (Rom 2:13)
Righteousness is a fruit of the Spirit.
"But the Spirit produces
love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
humility and self-control. There is no law against such
things as these." (Gal 5:22-23)
without righteousness is an indication of spiritual
"Anyone who has to drink milk
is still a child, without any
experience in the matter of right and wrong." (Heb 5:13)
breastplate of righteousness is not just about being righteous,
but about doing righteous deeds, as the Holy Spirit empowers
3. God’s method of justifying sinners.
imputes to us faith and love, and we receive righteousness by
"Abraham believed God,
and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous." (Rom
The words "he was accepted as
righteous" were not written for him alone. (Rom 4:23)
"All who receive God's
abundant grace and are freely put right with him
will rule in life through Christ." (Rom 5:17)
breastplate of righteousness can never work independently of the
shield of faith.
4. Justification itself.
just. Justification through the blood of the cross guards against
accusations of Satan and is a security from all wrath and
Where there is righteousness, there is no
"There is no condemnation now
for those who live in union with Christ Jesus." (Rom
Our righteousness is to be found in Christ.
He is our true Breastplate of righteousness.
"Christ was without sin, but
for our sake God made him share our sin in order that
in union with him we might share the righteousness of God."
"I no longer have a
righteousness of my own, the kind that is gained by obeying the
I now have the righteousness that is given through faith in Christ,
the righteousness that comes
from God and is based on faith." (Phi 3:9)
The breastplate of righteousness, just like the rest
the armor of God, is Christ himself, our