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The Breastplate of Righteousness

26 Nov

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in his word:

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Ephesians 6:14)

As previously mentioned, we’re going to talk on (or, more accurately, I’m going to write about) the breastplate of righteousness.

The Breastplate of Righteousness

So what is a breastplate useful for? What does it do? Well we know that the breastplate is one of the most useful pieces of armor, because it protects the vital organs; the heart, the lungs, and the stomach. As probably most mid-evil soldiers could tell you, it can be the difference between life and death. It’s the thing that protects your heart from being ruptured and allows you to keep breathing after a battle. And it’s the thing that after the same battle, allows you to eat (because your stomach’s intact). Needless to say, it’s important.

So then, in order to put on this oh so vital piece of armor, we must be righteous. That’s a natural assumption, isn’t it? After all, it is called the breastplate of righteousness. And how are we righteous, one may ask? To answer that, let’s look quickly at what per se righteousness is: it’s being right in the sight of God. And how are we right in the sight of God? By helping old ladies across the street? By cleaning up the church and giving 10% of our check? … Here’s a tip, when we do that in an effort to be right in the sight of God, it’s the Spiritual equivalent of trying to shower off mud by rubbing dirty rags across ourselves. So no, that isn’t now we’re righteous. Rather, it’s by Jesus’ blood. He is our righteousness.

So, if Jesus (the) Christ is our righteousness, it could even be said that He himself is our breastplate. Which, of course, means he is the one who protects our heart, lungs, and stomach. Which also means we’re saved by Jesus’ righteousness, which covers (and changes) our heart. He’s what keeps us alive.

Christ is our righteousness. We can try, but we’ll always fail in any attempt to make ourselves righteous. Likewise we can try to keep our hearts pure and safe, but it will always be corrupted and ruptured. We can try to keep our Spiritual selves breathing, but our lungs will always get stabbed when Satan attacks and we don’t have our breastplate on. We can try to keep Spiritually living without being able to eat, but we’ll always start to die of lack of Jesus who is our food and protector. — All that to say this: Jesus is our breastplate of righteousness. 

How though, the question comes, can anyone put on Jesus? We don’t! That’s the very thing; Jesus gives us His righteousness. All we need do is ask. Unlike the regular soldier, we can’t “fasten Jesus on to ourselves,” rather, he fastens himself on to us. And believe me, that’s better, as after He fastens Himself on He won’t let go.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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