2009 Spiritual Warfare Series, Part 4

Ephesians 6:14

The Breastplate of Righteousness


I have always been a highly motivated goal oriented person.

A) I have always enjoyed it when someone sets a standard or a target to shoot at or to try and reach.


B) 10 out of 10 Free throws – Straight A’s – 300 BA – Stock that shelf by 8pm


C) But in my walk with the Lord there has been a certain degree of frustration – because I constantly fall short of the standard.


D) i.e. – Love your wife as Christ loved the Church!

1) Now I love my wife a lot – but I know my love falls way short of Christ love


E) I am selfish and struggle with putting the needs of my wife above my own


Or Forgive as you have been forgiven- No strings - - complete – Someone wrongs me – forgive one day – Ill feelings the next - Hard to trust


Let your speech be with grace seasoned with salt –


My speech – sometimes filled with Anger or frustration



I could go on and on – illustrating how I fall short of the standard – because the standard is Christ!

A) Consequently I can get really frustrated in the Christian life.


B) I am sure that all of you have wrestled with similar frustrations in your walk – toward failings in your marriage

1) In the realm of forgiveness or in your dealings with others.


C) Satan is great at bringing thoughts of CONDEMNATION over such feelings or failings.


D) One of his major strategies is to bring feelings of condemnation, guilt and discouragement when we fail. {Feel inadequate

1) He would love nothing more than to see us just give up in the Race or lay down in the fight.


But God has equipped us with a piece of Spiritual Armor specifically designed to combat the CONDEMNATION DISCOURAGEMENT & ACCUSATIONS of the enemy.

A) That piece of Armor is our focus – Tonight we are talking about the Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS


2 Corinthians 10: 4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 



Concerning this Armor we noted there are


1st  3 - he says "having girded waist w/ truth; having put on the          breastplate of Righteousness, having shod feet w/ ..."


B) By using the word "having"  puts this in the past tense - when did this happen? 

1) The moment you received Christ!


C) So The first 3 pieces of armor deal w/ who you are in Christ. Your       position IN CHRIST


D) The 2nd 3 aspect of the Armor – the Shield of Faith the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit

1) Are about appropriating what the first three pieces represent - 


E) Paul caps it off with the exhortation action – Praying always  


Last time looked at the First piece Belt of Truth –its PURPOSE and what it represents:

A) Purpose gird up / make ready – unencumbered / freedom of movement.


B) WHAT IS REPRESENTED: Put Simply it is THE TRUTH concerning who Jesus is & What He has DONE for us & Who we are in Him!  



A) The Breastplate of the Roman Soldier consisted of 2 parts of layered metal scales that was fastened upon leather.


B) One that covered the front & the other the back


C) Now Some Bible teachers say that we have to always be moving forward because there is no armor that covers the back side


D) Now although it is true that the Lord wants us to always be moving forward in our walks


E) The truth of the Matter is that the Lord has left us fully Protected on all sides – the Breastplate covered the front & the Back.

1) Protected even from Surprise attacks


The Key thing about the Breastplate is it covered the VITAL organs – in fact in Roman times – it was called the HEART GUARD!!!

A) That the area of the Chest that covered that area of the VITAL organs the Heart Lungs / intestines / abdomen /


B) Area was known as the Center of the emotions / OR THE SEAT OF AFFECTIONS

1) {Areas where stress / stomach pains felt

Now this is significant as it relates to the BATTLE because the Devil will use our emotions / feelings / against us {Condemning & Accusations  


Interesting that the First and greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

A) It is those very areas of our lives that these aspects of the Armor are meant to guard.


B) The Belt of truth – protects the mind – and it is about applying the truth of the word of God to our lives.

1) Knowing truth and using truth to combat the doubts that the enemy throws into our minds


C) The Shoes of peace are designed to cover the soul – the Conscience that area where the devil is always trying to bring Chaos & disorder

1) Feelings of uneasy or fearful - Soul is covered by the peace of God


D) The Shield of faith – protects our strength!

1) The enemy tries to rob us of our strength by filling us with fear.


E) But the breastplate of Righteousness is meant to guard our heart – our emotions - - the core of our being –

1) Satan constantly tries to weigh down through his accusations and condemning

The Lord has made us as people w/ feelings & emotions

A) It is a wonderful part of our fellowship & relationship to the Lord


B) But the enemy will seek to use the very same things that God meant to be a Blessing –

1) He seeks to use it to bring defeat & Discouragement especially thru failure.



Another important thing to note the Breastplate was also attached to the Belt  

A) that is very significant as it relates to the Righteousness that the Breastplate speaks of


B) It is CONNECTED TO & FOUND IN - the TRUTH concerning




C) So what is the Righteousness the breastplate speaks of?


D)) The Bible speaks of 3 kinds of RIGHTEOUSNESS / 1) Self Righteousness - Which is one of the worst kinds


E) Focus my deeds goodness etc – Get to heaven /favor with God by my good works –

1) Pharisees/ results in Judgmental & legalistic


The Bible says that our Righteousness is like filthy rags.

A) Tuxedo that gets sprayed by a SKUNK – best thing you can do is to burn it!!!!!



So what is this Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS?

A) The Bible speaks of righteousness that is imputed to all who believe.


Romans 3:21,22,24 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. 24. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead,


B) Paul declares that there is a righteousness of God APART FROM THE  LAW -  


C) There is a Law is RIGHTEOUS in the law – the law was perfect - 

1) Problem is we can’t follow it


So the Law Condemns us Righteous standard that we couldn’t live up to


But there is a Righteousness of God that is apart from the Law.

A) It is the Righteousness of Christ – that is Imputed or Transferred when believe in Jesus


Paul put it this way in 2 Corinthians 5: 21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.


Key is in that last Phrase – IN HIM




That is the wonderful byproduct of Christ Righteousness being transferred to us!!!!


Covered & clothed in the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST


Father looks at us He sees us in His Son!!!!


As a result of this Paul wrote in Rom 8:1 -No Condemnation.... in Christ


Isaiah 61:10 -     I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.


Now it is important that we understand how this Kind of righteousness becomes our Breastplate, our PROTECTION

A) This is basically how it works – the devil comes along & finds us flat on our faces in some failure / & he begins to Condemn us!!!


B) He is the accuser of the brethren – And 95% of the time his accusations are true – not false

1) We are guilty of the crime


C) So he accuses and condemns - like how can you call yourself a Christian – blowing it like that”

1) Fight w/ your wife – Supposed to be Mr. Christian – Bob the godly husband - yea right -    


D) Great influence on Kids - why pray / give it up / FAILURE –worthless


Now remember the Breastplate is connected to the belt of truth –

A) The truth declares that we have a advocate with the Father = Defense attorney


B) Pleads our case – Charges are true – Guilty –

1) But the price has been paid – Sin already judged


C) Rob has been Justified – Declared righteous


D) Zechariah 3 is a great OT picture of this NT truth


So that is how this works -When Satan the accuser of the brethren comes along seeking to condemn us like this / pointing out our failure


Here is how we respond – that is right / true everything that you are saying is absolutely right – I blew it –


But oh how thankful I am that my Righteousness has nothing to do w/ whether I fail or Succeed


But everything to do w/ the Fact that Jesus did not fail but He succeeded


He died for my sin & Rose again & now I am Righteous in HIM - AWESOME


Great Protection – Paul sums it up like this turn Roman 8:

33  Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies.

34  Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

35  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36  As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter."



37  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

38  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,

nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


That is the Protection of God’s truth – found of IMPUTED Positional Righteousness

A) Now I want you to think for a minute the affect that this breastplate would have on the Roman soldier going out to battle.


B) Confidence knowing that he was protected front and back.


C) Charge – Fulfill his duty as a Roman Soldier –


The Breastplate of righteousness should affect us in the same way.

A) Confidence to approach the throne of Grace knowing I am accepted in the beloved


Aa) Confidence to walk with the Lord -


B) Confidence to Be what God has saved me to be!

1) Put off the old man – put on the new



C) No longer presenting myself to unrighteousness

Now righteousness


D) Partaker of a new nature – respond the HS


Salvation is not merely the Declaration that we are now Righteous but it is Simultaneously an impartation of the DIVINE nature of God

MLJ puts it this way


“ The Seed has been put into me, and that seed grows and develops. This is what is meant by the idea of ‘imparting’ righteousness.  Another term that has sometimes been used states that the righteousness is ‘infused’ into me. It is not only put upon me as a cloak and a covering, but also ‘infused’ into me.  It is comparable to a blood transfusion where the blood from one person is put into the circulation and the blood of another. It can be ‘transfused’ or ‘infused’, ‘injected’,



ROMANS 8:4 -  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.


Paul is teaching that the gift of the Holy Spirit has given us the       ability to live a Righteous life


Ephesians 3: 20  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

So having on the Breastplate of Righteousness is knowing I have been made Righteous in Christ

A) And that the Lord has imparted / infused w/ in me the power to live a Righteous life thru the H.S. living inside of me / as I yield to Him


B) What would happen to us as individuals – what kind of community of believers would we be if we daily walked in the reality – of the Breastplate of righteousness


C) We would be free!

1) Free from condemnation

2) Free from performance

3) Free from competition – judging ourselves by others


D) Free to see each other differently – Righteous in Christ – {Not going to be an instrument of Satan to bring down


E) Way more encouraging -  


We would be confident – Protected

A) Approach God – prayer / worship


B) Ever see a girl not so pretty gets a boyfriend – confidence – just knowing she is loved

1) Not worried –what everyone is thinking



Confident - Not afraid of making mistakes –

A) Less cautious


B) Using what is in your bank account –


C) God sees me as righteous and He has provided what I need to walk in righteousness


Try this week – remind yourself each day!

A) Truth – Free in Jesus


B) Covered in the righteousness of Christ


C) See if you don’t find yourself – being more free and more righteous