The Breastplate of Righeousness

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Continuing in the series on the full armor of God we hear about the breastplate of Righteousness.  Following closely on the heels of the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness is the second in the lineup of extremely important weaponry the Christian needs in their life.  Without this righteousness that comes only from faith in Jesus Christ our armor is incomplete. This armor is our outward actions and inward attitudes that support our beliefs.  It isn’t just proper Christian etiquette, like being kind to one another, it is much more.  When the Bible says put on the full armor of God and we don’t, we are being disobedient to Christ.  We are in shorts and flip-flops on our own.  Not in the battle gear that Christ requires us to be in.  But we can’t find this gear on our own, it comes only from Biblical truth, which is the word, and Faith.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.