“Spiritually Equipped for Battle For Such A Time As This” – Part 3
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
Ephesians 6:14 KJV
The first piece of armor was the “Belt of Truth” which is embracing (Accepting and Believing) the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without the “truth” we fall for the “lies” of the enemy and believe his tricks and schemes (wiles). We cannot enter a fight that is fought with lies if we have no knowledge of the truth. The “Belt of Truth” is the first piece of armor the Christian is to “put on”. The “Belt of Truth” will keep us from falling apart.
The second piece of armor Paul mentions is the “Breastplate of Righteousness.” The Roman soldier was aware that war can bring about unexpected blows that could not be blocked by the shield. Aware of this, the soldier is conscious that his vital organs must be protected from enemy darts that might get pass the shield. The breastplate provided protection to the Roman soldier for arrows that might “slip through”. It was generally made of iron or bronze and rested on the hips. This piece of armor protected the vital organs of the soldier in the heat of battle. The Breastplate of Righteousness provides the soldier with something that he/she does not have; Righteousness.
Adam Clarke’s Commentary says the following: As the breast-plate defends the heart and lungs, and all those vital functionaries that are contained in what is called the region of the thorax; so this righteousness defends everything on which the man’s spiritual existence depends.
Big Picture: The Christian heart must be protected to live righteous For Such A Time As This despite what trials come our way. Guard your heart!
Key Thought #1: In battle you must prepare and brace yourself from unexpected attacks and arrows that may “slip through”. Without a breastplate the soldier is asking for injurious trouble. To not “put on” a breastplate meant the soldier did not take time and proper preparation to protect his vital organs. The heart is left exposed. See Proverbs 4:23
- What purpose does the breastplate serve?
- How does the breastplate assist the Christian in spiritual battle?
- Why is righteousness like a breastplate?
- How would you define “righteousness”?
Key Thought #2: The bible says that mans righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). This means we have no righteousness of our own (Romans 3:10).
- How does one become righteous?
- How does faith and love during COVID 19 demonstrate righteousness?
- What role does the breastplate of righteousness in protecting us spiritually during COVID 19?
What can we (bible students – “Warriors”) do to help our families prepare for spiritual battle during COVID 19 besides pray for them?
There is an ancient proverb that says the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In a similar way, the journey to put on the breastplate of righteousness begins with a single choice. Life involves a series of choices; and we can work at this one day at a time, choosing, with God’s help, to make our next choice a righteous one.
(c) Dr. Oscar T. Moses – Calvary Baptist Church W.A.R. Bible Studies 2020