In Episode 13, I started covering the armor of God found in Ephesians chapter 6:13-18, and specifically covered the belt of truth. Just to refresh us on the belt of truth, we put on the belt of truth each day by consulting the BIBLE which is our source of truth. We measure our thoughts and actions and words against the Bible to stay rooted in truth. We see what God has to say about a matter, so that is how we wear our belt of truth.
This episode we will be covering the Breastplate of Righteousness! I As gamers we know the importance of gear for many our characters in game. We know we wouldn't run into any battle without the best gear we have and we surely wouldn't go into an encounter without a chest piece on! First we will cover what we know about the breastplates of this world. We know they are meant to protect our most vital of organs. Hidden under the breastplate is our Heart, lungs, stomach, intestines, liver, and kidneys. Basically everything in your upper torso area. All of these organs are very important to have healthy and intact for us to live, so naturally we started covering them as soon as we had the knowledge and ability to do so.
The word armor as described in the Merriam Webster Dictionary is “defensive covering for the body especially : covering (as of metal) used in combat . The use of armor actually extends beyond historical records and we continue to use armor to protect anything of value. We have armored trucks that transport money, armored vehicles protecting political leaders,law enforcement and military personnel.Even those involved in high impact sports use their own versions of armor to protect themselves from dangerous impact.
In the past, Armor was heavy and clunky and was not always available for everyone to use. Some armor could only be used by knights and it consisted of large plates of iron and steel. Over time we have found ways to reduce the weight of the Armor while improving its ability to protect us. When Paul was addressing the Church of Ephesus about the Armor of God in Ephesians, he was not referencing the physical armor we know and use today. He was addressing the spiritual Armor. Unlike the armor we are familiar with, Gods Armor is not burdensome, it is not clunky, it is not meant for only those who can afford it, or have the social status to use it. It is a set of Armor all of us have access to. It is a set of armor we have to be intentional about and choose to put on.
The Breastplate of Righteousness is protecting our heart in a way our earthly armor can not. We wear this armor by putting on righteousness. But what does that mean? What does the Bible have to say about righteousness? Righteousness is the opposite of sin. Sin is lawlessness. Without righteousness to use as a unit of measure we would not know what sin is. For the same reasons the 10 commandments are important to us. Without the commandments from God we wouldn’t have anything to measure our actions against to help us make sure we’re on the straight and narrow. They are not called the 10 suggestions, or the 10 recommendations. They are called the 10 commandments.
We wear our breastplate of righteousness by following God's Law, because lawlessness is sin and sin is the opposite of righteousness.
1 John 3:4 of the New King James Version states :
“ Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.”
I heard a sermon once that explained how we can get carried away with sin very much like we can be overrun with cockroaches. If you see one cockroach and do not kill it, you will soon have an infestation. The same goes for sin. If we sin once and overlook it, sooner or later we will be overrun with sin. We will have kicked God out of our life and made room for the enemy.
If we make one creeping compromise and sin , it becomes easier to sin and easier to sin, and before we know it our breastplate of righteousness needs serious repair, for it will start to look more and more like a breastplate of lawlessness, and as Christians we can not allow that to happen. We must continue to be intentional on repairing our gear out of game as much as we do in game. We must check ourselves before we wreck ourselves...