by Christina Farris
Deutronomy 6:21-25 KJV]
21 Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh’s bondmen in Egypt; and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand:
22 And the LORD shewed signs and wonders, great and sore, upon Egypt, upon Pharaoh, and upon all his household, before our eyes:
23 And he brought us out from thence, that he might bring us in, to give us the land which he sware unto our fathers.
24 And the LORD commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the LORD our God, for our good always, that he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day.
25 And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us.
What does it mean In Ephesians to put on the breastplate of righteousness? Yesterday we worked on the full armour of God. It is time to brake each part down how it relates to our protection. To put on the breastplate of righteousness, is to put on obedience to God. Old Testament, righteous came only by works, whether with the law or without law. Abraham was righteous before God, because of his works. He lived before the law. Zachariah and Elizabeth in Luke 1 was God’s choice to be parents of the man that would be the forerunner of Christ. He chose them because of their righteousness. They were obedient to his laws and ways. We find Deutronomy the reason of God restoring his people to the promise land would be because of their obedience to God. They had left Egypt to go the promise land but it take many years for them to return, because of their unbelief, but not their disobedience to a strict law. Whether belief itself never effect righteousness in regards to obedience of the law. For man could sin with or without the law. Can man obey the law of God without the law of faith. The fact is no. The law of faith stands on belief. Yet we can grasp that living by the law of obedience to a written code of conduct will lead to one’s protection, it does not lead to one’s eternal salvation.
God began to teach man about righteousness and the righteousness He would send through his Son Jesus. In Jeremiah it talks of Christ the Branch of Righteousness to come. Jesus would be a judge as will as our righteousness. People came from all over to ask questions and to hear his judgment as will as learn about obedience to God. Yet it was through Christ death that righteousness would come. No one could obey the full law. Because of disobedience the payment for sin was needed. For disobedience by Adam and Eve brought death, life would come through Christ Jesus our Lord. Jesus would come to take away the sin of many. To all that would believe were given the right to become children of God, but we must remember we must put on the breast plate of righteousness. Belief is not enough, for the devil believes and trembles. We must put on righteousness through faith, that Christ was enough for our salvation, because our works by itself is never enough. Even unbelievers have works and live by the law. We need Christ redemption, payment for sin to live eternity with God our Father. We can not obey God without belief, but we can not obey God by living in sin either.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to put on the breast plate of righteousness, of obedience to you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:
Jeremiah 33:15 KJV In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land.
Luke 1:6 KJV And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
Romans 5:13-21 KJV
13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
20 Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ephesians 6:14 KJV Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;