When looking at the Full Armor of God, there is nothing more uplifting and encouraging than the Breastplate of righteousness. The Father armed Himself with the same breastplate as he set out to restore truth and justice to Israel in Isaiah 59. Our righteousness covers our most vital parts. In 1 Peter 5, Peter reminds us that our enemy is on the prowl, seeking whom he can devour. We have to be ready and protected from the attacks that are sure to come.
The righteousness we are covered with is not a self-righteousness that we gain from doing a list of things or avoiding a list of bad things. It is the righteousness that cones from faith Gen 15, Romans 4–“Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” We are equipped with a righteousness that comes by faith.
Interestingly the shield of faith stands alongside our breastplate of righteousness. Combined we are the Lord’s and subject to his protection and power. We then face each day with faith and confidence that He is God and has our life scoped and protected.
That confidence in Him allows us to face the battle face forward and chest held out ready for battle. If a breastplate of righteousness is what the Father is equipped with, then, the same breastplate is great enough for me.
God Bless You
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.
14 So justice is driven back,
and righteousness stands at a distance.
truth has stumbled in the streets,
honesty cannot enter.
15 Truth is nowhere to be found,
and whoever shuns evil becomes a prey.
The Lord looked and was displeased
that there was no justice.
16 He saw that there was no one,
he was appalled that there was no one to intervene;
so his own arm achieved salvation for him,
and his own righteousness sustained him.
17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate,
and the helmet of salvation on his head;
he put on the garments of vengeance
and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak…
“The Redeemer will come to Zion,
to those in Jacob who repent of their sins,”
declares the Lord.
21 “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My Spirit, who is on you, will not depart from you, and my words that I have put in your mouth will always be on your lips, on the lips of your children and on the lips of their descendants—from this time on and forever,” says the Lord.