Satan is a liar and an accuser. He loves to destroy our Christian witness to the world with his accusations. He torments our minds, reminding us of our past mistakes and sins. When we begin to swell on those past sins, then we forget the forgiveness we’ve received and feel that we are not worthy to serve the Lord. When that happens, we find ourselves stymied – our advancement in the cause of Christ halted.
However, God has given us the weapon we need to silence the accuser. The Breastplate of Righteousness. Eph. 6:14. The Breastplate was very important to a Roman soldier. It was made of metal, and it covered the upper body and protected all the vital organs.
The primary organ which is protected by the Breastplate is the heart. To understand the purpose of this Breastplate of Righteousness, we need to examine the heart imagery used by Paul.
First, what is the physiological purpose of the heart concerning the welfare of the human body? Well, it functions as a pump, sending blood throughout the body, supplying oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and removing carbon dioxide and other wastes. It is a vital organ that is essential for one’s survival.
Now, what is the spiritual imagery of the heart? The heart is the core of our soul. It is the center of the authentic self. It is the place from which all motives and purposes are directed. It is the essence of our existence.
In John 7: 37-38, we find the true meaning of this Breastplate of Righteousness. Take a moment and read the text. As Christians, our entire motive for living life has changed. Our world view has been transformed by faith in Jesus! Guard your heart. Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness and remember who you are in Christ. Take some time today to read Romans 3: 19-20, Romans 8: 1-11, and Romans 6: 12-22. After reading the texts, consider the condition of your heart! And then move forward in the knowledge of God’s love and forgiveness!