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The Breastplate of Righteousness
The Breastplate of Righteousness Lesson

The Breastplate of Righteousness Lesson

spiritual-warrior-the-breastplate-of-righteousness-lessonThe Breastplate of Righteousness is what immediately follows the Belt of Truth in Ephesians 6:14, so in the same fashion that the Apostle Paul wrote it, that’s how we’ll continue on with this study. We have a boatload of scripture to cover in this study and I pray that you carefully read each one concerning the topic at hand. Not just on this page, but take the time to find them in your Bible!

The Word of God is quick and powerful, so is the Armor that he gave us to wear as described in his Word! All of the extra scripture is placed into this post to bolster our understanding of the different attributes of this piece of armor and what it means to the Father as well as what it should mean to us. Let’s move right along into the study of the Breastplate, and see where the Lord takes us with it.

Ephesians 6 14-18

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

This chapter in Ephesians is not the only place that we can find the Breastplate of Righteousness. As it is a piece of God’s Armor, we can find a place that the Lord himself is wearing it in Isaiah.isaiah-59-the-breastplate-of-righteousness-lesson

Isaiah 59:17

For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.

There is a mention of the Breastplate of Righteousness along with the Helmet of Salvation (which we’ll be covering on another page). Take a note that the Lord is wearing something in this verse that is not available to us. The Garment of Vengeance is something that the Father has reserved for himself only, and he makes it perfectly clear to us through his Word.

Romans 12:

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

The Lord has reserved vengeance for himself, because he is the only one qualified to dish it out. It is his;it literally belongs to him, and there is a day of vengeance that is coming that will be dished out against all the ungodly. (Isaiah 61:2, Isaiah 63:4, Jeremiah 46:10)

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Definition courtesy of Dictionary.com

noun
1. a piece of plate armor partially or completely covering the front of the torso: used by itself or as part of a cuirass.
2. the part of the harness that runs across the chest of a saddle horse.
3. Judaism. a square, richly embroidered vestment ornamented with 12 precious stones, each inscribed with the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel, secured to the ephod of the high priest and worn on the chest. Ex. 28:15–28.
a rectangular ornament, typically of silver, suspended by a chain over the front of a scroll of the Torah.
4. a plate opposite the chuck end of a breast drill against which the operator’s chest is placed.

The breastplate covers your heart and keeps it protected from a frontal assault. It also covers all of your other organs in the surrounding area that keeps your body’s mechanics in order. God’s Word says all kinds of things about the heart of a man, and how the Lord measures us by the content of our hearts.

Since this is such an important spiritual place as well as physical, it would be prudent to check out scriptures that concern the heart and what the Lord wills to protect via his Breastplate of Righteousness. We’ll also get a peek into what the Lord is looking for when he searches our heart.

scriptures-about-the-heart-the-breastplate-of-righteousness-lessonDeuteronomy 5:

29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

Deuteronomy 6:
5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Deuteronomy 11:
16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deuteronomy 20:
3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
1 Samuel 16:
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
1 Kings 3:
9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?
1 Kings 3:
12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.
1 Kings 4:
29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.
1 Kings 8:
61 Let your heart therefore be perfect with the Lord our God, to walk in his statutes, and to keep his commandments, as at this day.
1 Kings 10:
24 And all the earth sought to Solomon, to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart.
Job 38:
36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?
Psalm 51:
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Proverbs 2:
2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Proverbs 2:
10 When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul;
Proverbs 4:
23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 14:
33 Wisdom resteth in the heart of him that hath understanding: but that which is in the midst of fools is made known.
Proverbs 23:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs 23:
19 Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way.
Ezekiel 36:
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
Matthew 6:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Matthew 12:
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
Matthew 22:
37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
Mark 4:
15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan cometh immediately, and taketh away the word that was sown in their hearts.
Romans 10:
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
2 Corinthians 1:
22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
Galatians 4:
6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Ephesians 3:
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
 Philippians 4:
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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So to sum up what the Lord would have us guard concerning our hearts could be viewed as the following. The place where he gives us his wisdom and understanding through the Holy Spirit; It is the place where seed is sown, and can be stolen from by Satan if not guarded; It is where the Spirit of Christ resides; It is where our treasure is; it is where God’s Word is stored along with his commandments for us; our heart can be deceived if not guarded; If we seek it, the Lord may grant us largeness of heart to contain all of the good things that he would like for us to store in it; his desire is to create in us a clean and perfect heart that when he judges our hearts, he will be well pleased.

Righteousness

The act of being righteous

Righteous

Also from Dictionary.com

adjective
1. characterized by uprightness or morality:
a righteous observance of the law.
2. morally right or justifiable: righteous indignation.
3.
acting in an upright, moral way; virtuous:
a righteous and godly person.
4. Slang. absolutely genuine or wonderful: some righteous playing by a jazz great.
noun
5. the righteous, (used with a plural verb) righteous persons collectively.

The best way I’ve heard it said concerning the word righteousness as far as we go as believers is that righteousness is a person being in good standing with God; Or in right standing; Living agreeably with God’s commandments and fulfilling the way he has instructed us to be.

Not too many people in the Bible lived up to the expectations where God himself would call someone righteous, but there were some. Righteous in no way means perfect, but is weighed by one’s heart toward the Father. It is not our righteousness anymore that the Lord is concerned about after the resurrection of his Son, but when he looks upon us, he wants to see the righteousness of his Son Jesus residing in our hearts.

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Romans 6:

18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

2 Corinthians 5:

21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

So we have been made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, but only in Christ Jesus. So when the Lord looks at us he looks upon the righteousness which we’ve received by his grace in Christ, not any righteousness that we’ve accumulated by our own works or actions. So we have the benefit of that as we are in Christ Jesus, but here, concerning the Breastplate of Righteousness, we need to realize something. It’s not our armor, and the attributes therein are not ours, but God’s.

There are literally hundreds of verses that talk about righteousness, but as far as the Breastplate is concerned, we need to take a look at HIS righteousness, not our own. It is the righteousness of the Lord that permeates through this particular piece of the Whole Armor of God, so here are several verses that consist of his righteousness.

Psalm 5:

8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

Psalm 7:

17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.

Psalm 23:

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Psalm 24:

5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psalm 31:

1 In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.scripture-about-gods-righteousness-the-breastplate-of-righteousness-lesson

Psalm 35:

24 Judge me, O Lord my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

Psalm 36:

10 O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart.

Psalm 71:

2 Deliver me in thy righteousness, and cause me to escape: incline thine ear unto me, and save me.

Psalm 96:

13 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

Psalm 143:

1 Hear my prayer, O Lord, give ear to my supplications: in thy faithfulness answer me, and in thy righteousness.

Matthew 6:

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

It’s HIS righteousness that dramatically changes every circumstance that causes him to move on our behalf. He carefully watches over his Word in order to perform it. That is God’s righteousness. So when he makes a promise in his Word, and we as Born Again believers in Christ adhere to those promises and bring them to his remembrance in prayer and supplication, he is faithful to hear and to do that which he says he’ll do.

Breastplate of Righteousness: Function

So to pull all of this information together, the Breastplate of Righteousness has a two fold function for us who have made the decision to put it on daily for constant protection, bringing into our remembrance it’s reality. As I like to say, do all things in remembrance of Christ. This is no exception.

This piece of Armor is recorded in the Old Testament to have been worn by God and is certainly his. It covers and protects the vital organs of the body and the part of our makeup that matters most to the Father, which is the heart. It shields us from oncoming assaults from the evil one, particularly when it comes to stealing planted seed from your heart, which could be a whole range of different things (wisdom, understanding, peace, scripture, etc..). But not just that, but any spiritual attack from the enemy that attacks that area.

The second function would be the fact that it’s God’s righteousness that we’re wearing! It’s that aspect that I think people are less aware of. This is the function that works in tandem with the Sword of the Spirit, and in praying always with all prayer and supplication. This is the key ingredient because it’s this very righteousness, the righteousness of God, that moves him in his faithfulness to do what he says he’ll do.

He is not a man that he should lie, so anything that he says he’ll do in his Word (whatever the case may be) he’ll do it. Not necessarily for our sake or because of our righteousness, but for his Word’s sake, his name’s sake, and for his own righteousness sake. This is yet another reason for all of us to be well versed in scripture,to know what the Lord is willing to do on our behalf if we invite him to do so.

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So up to this point we’ve learned the importance of wearing the Whole Armor of God. We’ve studied and walked away with an understanding of putting on the Belt of Truth (which is Christ Jesus who IS truth). Now we better understand what it means to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness (God’s Righteousness). And we better understand why each of these are important to each particular area of our spiritual makeup.

Looking ahead, we’ll be moving forward with the Boots of Peace (having your feet shod with the Gospel of Peace), and will reveal what this piece of spiritual equipment is used for and why. I hope you check it out in the link below.

Whole Armor of God Study Navigation

These links are in the Biblical order given for each piece of God’s Armor, and is the order that these pages were completed.

I hope that this study has blessed you and helped you to see why these things concerning the Whole Armor of God are so important to comprehend and to take seriously. Please feel free to leave your comments down below and thank you for reading about the Breastplate of Righteousness!

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3 thoughts on “The Breastplate of Righteousness Lesson

  1. I remember hearing this teaching years ago and it was a much needed refresher. One thing I’d like to mention. Whenever I write something in reference to God I’m compelled to capitalize His name even pronouns. You wrote “god’s commandments. Thoughts?

    • Good eye Deborah!
      My thoughts are I messed up. lol I’ve just changed that and thank you for calling that to my attention. I always capitalize the G in God, because as far as my mind goes anyways, he’s the only one who is worthy of it as a title. All other would-be gods get the small g. I’m kind of surprised that I missed that one! And thanks for your kind words about the page!
      May the Lord bless you and keep you in Jesus mighty name!
      Brian

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