- Putting on the Whole Armor of God
- A Belt of Truth
- Breastplate of Righteousness
- Feet Shod with the Preparation of the Gospel of Peace
- Shield of Faith
- Helmet of Salvation
- Sword of the Spirit - The Word of God
- Prayer and Supplication in the Spirit
- Watching with Perseverance and Supplication for all Saints
- Prepared for the Work of the Lord
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Breastplate of Righteousness –
Righteousness is defined as “acting in accord with divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin; morally right or justifiable.7”
Righteousness is a way of living out a lifestyle based in Christ’s example and a foundation in God’s law that shields our hearts from erring in sin. According to Christ, out of an evil, degenerate heart proceeds sin (Mt. 15:16, 18-20; Mt. 12: 35). “All unrighteousness is sin” (1 Jn. 5:17).
Christ Himself “engaged His own strength and righteousness8” to save us from the clutches of sin. “There is none righteous, no, not one; …He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor, therefore, His arm brought salvation unto Him, and His righteousness, it sustained Him; For He put on righteousness as a breastplate…” (Ro. 3:10; Is. 59:16-17).
As Christians, we are to be imitators of God as Christ was (Ep. 5:1). The Lord loves righteousness (Ps. 45:7). His attribute is righteousness (Ps. 145:17). His “right hand is full of righteousness” (Ps. 48:10). His name is “The Lord Our Righteousness” (1 Jn. 2:29). The Lord is the Source of Righteousness (Phil. 3:9).
So what are a few benefits for those who are righteous? They will enjoy the fruits of righteousness (Phil. 1:11). They are “delivered out of trouble” (Pr. 11:8). Their hope “shall be gladness” (Pr. 10:28). Their labor will tend to life (Pr. 10:16). Their prayers are heard of the Lord (Pr. 15:29). The righteous shall receive eternal life (Mt. 25:46).