Ever get tripped up by a word? Ever have such a hard time comprehending the meaning of it that you just simply skip by it, pronounce it, move ahead. This happens to me when I stumble upon, or heard the word righteousness. I’ve heard it, read it many times, but ask me to explain the concept….ummmm. So let’s dive into the source, shall we? Let’s continue our quest in looking at this concept of the armor of God as found in Ephesians 6. Check out verse 17:
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place
Justification, a forensic term, opposed to condemnation. As regards its nature, it is the judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous in the eye of the law, i.e., as conformed to all its demands. In addition to the pardon (q.v.) of sin, justification declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied in respect of the justified. It is the act of a judge and not of a sovereign. The law is not relaxed or set aside, but is declared to be fulfilled in the strictest sense; and so the person justified is declared to be entitled to all the advantages and rewards arising from perfect obedience to the law (Rom. 5:1-10).
It is so important to let this truth sink deep into our hearts. Justification is not accomplished through my good works nor diminished by my sin. It is completely in the hands of God himself! (Romans 5:1,18; 8:1, II Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16; Titus 3:5-7). I should walk in obedience because I am justified, not to try to become justified by my obedience.
So here again, the warriors’ character is their defense. In Isaiah 59:17, God himself is symbolically described as putting on a breastplate of righteousness to bring about justice.
Here the Lord’s armor is compared to the believer’s armor in the battle against Satan. Let’s look at some more verses:
Psalm 7:17 – I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.
Psalm 23:3 – He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalm 40:10 – I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation