The Breastplate Of Righteousness Part1
December 14, 1994 | Speaker: Bro Jurem Ramos
We have dealt with first piece of armor, the Belt of truth. Obviously, Paul was not talking about a physical equipment but a spiritual one. This is not some “anting-anting” that he was to wear like some people today. Some have T-shirts, with Latin writings, or what that is said to protect from wicked spirits. This is not what Paul was referring to. (Deut 18:9-13).
And so we take truth to be the OBJECTIVE TRUTH OF THE BIBLE that gives us a right view of God, of Satan and demons, of men, of the world and God’s dealing with the world. Belt of truth buckled around the waist is to say in the words of Peter, “Prepare your minds for action” by having the truth of God’s word mastering you. Controlling you.
BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Now we come to the Second piece of God’s armor. The Breastplate of Righteousness.
–it is the armor that covered the body from neck to the things. It consisted of two parts, one covering the front, the breast and the other covering the back.
It protected the vital areas like the heart, the lungs, the kidneys, and intestines, and other vital internal organs from the sword thrust, arrow or spear.
We today (according to Lloyd Jones) do not attach the same significance to those as did the ancient people.
- The HEART – was considered the seat of emotions, desires, affections, and reasoning powers, thoughts, understanding, purpose, and will, and even conscience.
- The BOWEL – (or intestines) were regarded by the Greeks as the seat of the more violent passions, like courage, while the Hebrews as the seat of the more tender affections like love, sympathy, mercy, compassion, pity affection. (Today we would call that the “heart”).
- Kidney ( Jer 17:10 ) mind
Lloyd Jones, “The ancients were aware, when they had various feelings and sensations, that there was some kind of local reference, so they deduced that the cause of a particular trouble was in a particular local organ.
Ex: Nadurog and aking “bituka” nang nakita yung tao na nakaratay sa kalye na duguan. Iisipin ko ang aking gagawin upang matulungan siya. ( Not pointing to the brain but the heart) Damang dama ko talaga sa aking “bituka” na mahal na mahal kita.
Lloyd Jones – It does not matter whether they were right or wrong, the important thing is to know that was how they viewed it. So the Apostles Paul here, when he tells us to put on the breastplate of righteousness is concerned that in this wrestling we are engaged in with the world, the flesh and the devil… we should be careful to protect the FEELINGS, AFFECTIONS, DESIRES, CONSCIENCE, THE WILL, REASONING POWERS.
The apostle Paul knew that the feelings and affections and conscience, desires and will play a very important part in our life. Satan can play with our feelings and affections, our conscience, our desires so that we fall to do his will, or into his trap, and be rendered useless in advancing God’s purposes here on earth. And so I am to protect them and control them.
HOW DO WE PROTECT THESE PARTS?
Righteousness, what does it mean?
- Not Self Righteousness. Scholars are divided. Some say it refers to actual righteousness only. Others emphasize “IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS which refer to the perfections of Christ that protect us from guilt and condemnation. I weighed the different views and checked by BIBLE and I felt that both types of righteousness are included. You cannot have only one type of righteousness and leave the other.
-deceived by COMPARING with others today.
-deceived by Lower Standard of Sin (Ro 1:28-32; 2Ti 3:1-5
-deceived by looking only at eternal (Mt 5:20)
If we think this way, we are already defeated even before we fight because God Himself.
Best Definition of Righteousness.
The best comment I have read is by Mark Littleton in his book BATTLE READY.
“God has in mind a twofold righteousness the perfection of Christ that protect us from guilt and condemnation BEFORE GOD… and a life of actual righteousness that keeps us from guilt before others. Either way we are strengthened and the devil cannot attack our conscience.”
- Perfections of Christ refer to IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS.
(Please pardon me for the theological term. But I hope as we go further, you will understand this important, in fact, very important term).
This is a righteousness that is provided by God Himself (Phil 3:4-9).
- He begins to refer to his own self righteousness (2-6) He can complete with others. He can stand all challenges.
- Read vv.7-9 Trusting in his own righteousness, he is already defeated by the devil. More than that is that we are under the wrath of God.
- Other definitions:
- Righteousness of God which is by faith.
- Justification by faith.
- However good the life we have lived, whoever we are, whatever we have done, when we come to the presence of God, we will find that we are hopeless sinners, objects of God as wrath.
We cannot make ourselves acceptable.
Mk 12:28-30 Mt 5:20; 5:48; James 2:10
Mt 12:36 Ro 2:7
- Because we never attain to God’s standard, God sent His Son in order that He might be able to give His righteousness to us. (2Co 5:21).
- He takes our sins upon himself (Isa 23:4-6,12)
- He imputes His righteousness upon us.
Appropriating this truth will protect will protect us from the attack of Satan upon our conscience and heart, and mind…
HOW IT WORKS: Attack on “Our Assurance of Salvation”
- We are protected from Satan’s temptation to rely exclusively upon our feelings in our service to God and worship. Sometimes bad feelings has no relationship with our sin but our physical condition. Depression can be caused by an operation in the body, or a side effect of a medicine.
- We can be attacked in our prayer. He can accuse us before God. (Sins of omission, or commission etc.
Answer. Ro 5:1-2
Heb 4:14-16; 10:19f
- Accusations of the devil when we fall into sin.
Answer. 1John 1:6-10; 2:1,2
- b) His accusations when we come to die.
Answer. John 5:24; Ro 8:31-37, 38, 39
This should be most practical when we come to serve the Lord in the area of Prayer. “If you cannot pray, you are not ready to die.”
- IMPARTED RIGHTEOUSNESS.
When people accuse us of sin, saying, “I’m righteous before God” carries no meaning. A life of actual righteousness keeps us from guilt before others.
1Pet 2:12, 15
v.12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
v.15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.
1Ti 3:7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
Tit 2:7, 8 In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.
Neh 5:9 So I continued, “What you are doing is not right. Shouldn’t you walk in the fear of our God to avoid the reproach of our Gentile enemies?
Dan 6:4,5 At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent. 5Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel unless it has something to do with the law of his God.”
How to help one another put it on. Heb. 12:15,16.
Heb 12:15, 16 –See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.