Dr. Oscar T. Moses
MHMBC W.A.R. Deeper Bible Study
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Spiritually Equipped for Battle – Lesson #3
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
The Breastplate of Righteousness
The first piece of armor was the “Belt of Truth” which is embracing (Accepting and Believing) the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without the “truth” we fall for the “lies” of the enemy and believe his tricks and schemes. We cannot enter a fight that is fought with lies if we have no knowledge of the truth. The “Belt of Truth” is the first piece of armor the Christian is to “put on”.
The second piece of armor Paul mentions is the “Breastplate of Righteousness.” The Roman soldier was aware that war can bring about unexpected blows that could not be blocked by the shield. Aware of this, the soldier is conscious that his vital organs must be protected from enemy darts that might get pass the shield. The breastplate provided protection to the Roman soldier for arrows that might “slip through”. It was generally made of iron or bronze and rested on the hips. This piece of armor protected the vital organs of the soldier in the heat of battle.
Adam Clarke’s Commentary says the following: “As the breast-plate defends the heart and lungs, and all those vital functionaries that are contained in what is called the region of the thorax; so this righteousness defends everything on which the man’s spiritual existence depends.”
Key Thought #1: In battle you must prepare and brace yourself from unexpected attacks and arrows that may “slip through”. Without a breastplate the soldier is asking for injurious trouble. To not “put on” a breastplate meant the soldier did not take time and proper preparation to protect his vital organs.
- What purpose does the breastplate serve?
- How does the breastplate assist the Christian in spiritual battle?
- Why is righteousness like a breastplate?
- How does Proverbs 11:4 apply to the Breastplate of Righteousness?
- How would you define “righteousness”?
- Give a scripture that defines righteousness?
- How would you explain human righteousness?
Key Thought #2: The bible says that mans righteousness is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). This means we have no righteousness of our own (Romans 3:10).
- How does one become righteous?
- How does Jesus play a role in our righteousness? Give a scripture.
- How do we put on the Breastplate of Righteousness according to Psalm 119:72?
- What characteristics does Paul compare with the Breastplate of Righteousness in 1 Thessalonians 5:8?
- How does faith and love demonstrate righteousness?
Group Action Steps
The devil is constantly attacking with lies, accusations and reminders of past sin. Without the breastplate of righteousness, these will penetrate your heart. Give 3 Steps to Putting On the Breastplate of Righteousness Supported by Scripture.
What can we (bible students) do to help others prepare for spiritual battle besides pray?
There is an ancient proverb that says the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. In a similar way, the journey to put on the breastplate of righteousness begins with a single choice. Life involves a series of choices; and we can work at this one day at a time, choosing, with God’s help, to make our next choice a righteous one.
Dr. Oscar T. Moses – W.A.R. Bible Studies 2017