And having put on the breastplate of righteousness… Ephesians 6:14
What is righteousness and what does it matter in the believer’s life in days such as these? Let us briefly explore this vital truth. The concept of righteousness in this context speaks of two things. Firstly, it speaks of the God-given righteousness all believers receive after being born again (see Eph. 2:8-9, 2 Cor. 5:21). That means being in right standing with God. This is also known as “imputed” righteousness. It concerns our positional relationship with God.
Secondly, the breastplate of righteousness alludes to the believer’s personal integrity (see Ephesians 4:24). That means having an upright heart. This is also known as experiential righteousness. By that is meant that practical, demonstrable upright living.
Now dear friends, in our permissive and decadent society, the importance of the breastplate of righteousness cannot be overemphasised. We are living in a day and age when people think they can push all boundaries, question everything and rewrite moral laws. Chastity is looked down upon, honesty is in short supply and sincerity is rare. Sadly, within and outside Christendom, corruption, conflict and compromise have become the order of the day. Sin, transgressions and iniquities are rampant. And we wonder why our spirituality is insipid, irrelevant and ineffectual!
If we do not intentionally restore biblical righteousness, we will never know spiritual authority, victory and impact. If we neglect our breastplate of righteousness, all sorts of evil spirits will have a field day among us. If we are careless about true righteousness, satanic influences will infiltrate our lives undetected. God forbid! Today let us please put on our breastplates of righteousness. Then our divine protection is assured and our prayers will accomplish great exploits (see James 5:16).