The redeemed and healed Christians must put on the whole armor of God. The second piece of the armor is: breastplate of righteousness. One essential key to this piece of armor is that it does not originate from us. it comes from God and God alone. We merely believe and receive by faith, through Christ Jesus! Our in Christ position gives us this assurance. The redeemed Christians wearing the breastplate of righteousness, should change their course of life. which past was under the bondage and slavery of sin. Present: they were freed from that bondage, and become the servants of righteousness.
We read some verses from the scriptures to understand how to put to it on at all times. (Boldness and notes in italics in brackets are added by this blogger)
What Jesus said of righteousness?
Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Romans 3:22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. 24 Yet God freely and graciously declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. 25 For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.
(Jesus’ blood has atoned for our sin and given the righteousness of God to all and on all who have faith in Christ Jesus and believe that Jesus sacrificed His life and shed His blood.)
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, ..21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
(God has initiated and reconciled us to Him in Christ and in Him we become the righteousness of God)
Romans 8:9-11 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
(Righteousness is a spiritual position. It is made physically real by the power of the Holy Spirit. Having the breast plate of righteousness means we have overcome the power of sin and its consequences in Christ)
Romans 9:30 What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness of faith;
(Breastplate of righteousness and shield of faith work together. By faith in Jesus we are made righteous. )
(Breastplate of Righteousness is worked through shield of faith which together achieve great supernatural outcome! ) Hebrews: 11:7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. …33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Romans 10:10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
(We receive righteousness by putting faith in action: believe with our heart -spirit and soul- and confess our belief by our mouth! )
Roman 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
(Putting on Righteousness means living our lives in the kingdom of God. It is a Holy Spirit-filled lifestyle, being led by the Spirit and not by flesh, being mindful of the things of God and not of men. Only a transformed new creation with a renewed mind can live this powerfully secured way). (ref: Matthew 16:23; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:17)