The Armor of God: The Breastplate of Righteousness

            After tying his belt into place, the Roman solider settled his breastplate on his chest. He took the leather strings hanging from the breastplate and used them to tie the new armor piece to his belt. The belt had to be on before the breastplate. The breastplate protected the man’s heart and lungs.

            Only after the belt of truth is put on can the Christian tie on the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate of righteousness protects our hearts. The Greek word used here for “righteousness” means “justification” which comes from another Greek word that implies innocence and holiness. I looked up what, exactly, “righteousness” meant and I found one of its definitions is “the act, process, or state of being justified by God.” We are justified by God because of what Christ has done for us.

We cannot be righteous by ourselves, only when we are standing with Christ can we be righteous. In 2 Corinthians 5: 21 Paul states, “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.” When we choose to walk with Christ each day, we are choosing to walk in his righteousness. We find in Ephesians 4: 24 that we should “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.”

The opposite of righteousness is unrighteousness. Unrighteousness is sin and when there is sin in our lives, Satan has a foothold. Just as a Roman solider is much more vulnerable for defeat without protection of his vitals organs, Christians are exposed without the protections of Christ’s innocence and holiness.

            Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness… (Ephesians 6:14)

The Armor of God: The Belt of Truth

The Roman soldier securely tied his belt on his waist before any other piece of armor. Placing on any other piece of equipment before the belt was useless, for this article of clothing was what held everything else in place. The belt held everything from swords and darts, to food and plunder from attacked cities. If it was tied on crooked or loosely, it inhibited the soldier’s movement and because he could not reach his sword, he could be killed by an enemy.

Just like the Roman soldier, Christian soldiers should make sure to girt ourselves with truth first. Of course, we should fully comprehend what that means. First, what is truth? Webster’s Dictionary defines truth as “sincerity in action, character, and utterance” and “the property of being in accord with fact or reality.” In Psalms 119:160, David tells God, “thy word is true from the beginning.” John wrote that “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amoung us, (and we beheld his glory, and the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” Jesus told a young man this: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). God is truth.

Where do we get truth? Our God says, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). God is truth; therefore, we get truth from God.

Why should we put on the Belt of Truth? Why is it important? While debating with the Pharisees, Jesus said this to them:

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).

            The belt of truth is important and we should wear it because our adversary is the father of lies. How do you fight the father of lies? With the Belt of Truth!

Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth… (Ephesians 6:14a)