Eph 6 11-19 The Breast Plate

 

 

The power of Righteousness

Ephesians 6

11.  Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

 12.  For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 13.  Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.

 14.  Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Protects the heart

Proverbs 4

23.    Keep thy heart with all diligence; For out of it are the issues of life.

Pauls adds that the breast plate of righteousness is the breast plate of faith.

1 Thessalonians 5

8.  But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

It is not works or religion but faith in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross that gives to us righteousness.

For it is by His blood that we are made perfect.

No righteousness of our own can with stand the enemy.

 

 

 

2 Corinthians 5

21.  Him who knew no sin he made to be sin on our behalf; that we might become the righteousness of God in him.

The Power OF Peace

Ephesians 6

4.  Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

 15.  and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

The shoes of a soldier provide protection from injury that he may stand firm in the time of battle.

Romans 5

1.  Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;

 2.  through whom also we have had our access by faith into this grace wherein we stand; and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Philippians 4

6.  In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

 7.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.

1 Peter 3

14.  But even if ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled;

 15.  but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear:

 

The Power OF Faith

Ephesians 6

16.    withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.

The Roman army carried two shields a small round one used in hand to hand combat. And a large rectangular shield that covered the entire body when stood edge to edge they from a wall against attack. They would often do this and the next row would place their edge to edge over the top forming a roof. This was one of the tactics that mad them so formidable.

When as Christians must always shield ourselves with the power of faith.

The Power of Salvation.

Ephesians 6

17.    And take the helmet of salvation,

The helmet protects the head.

When you are controlled by things like depression anger and fear you are wounded in the head.When your thoughts are always negative and suspicious and your imaginations are vulgar and sensual. You are wounded in the head

2 Corinthians 10

3.  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh

 4.  (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds),

 5.  casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ;

1 Thessalonians 5

8.  But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

Hebrews 11

  1. Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.

The Power of the word of God

The sword of the Spirit

Ephesians 6

17 and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Hebrews 4

12.    For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Matthew 4

 1.  Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.

 2.  And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he afterward hungered.

 3.  And the tempter came and said unto him, If thou art the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.

 4.  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

 5.  Then the devil taketh him into the holy city; and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple,

 6.  and saith unto him, If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and, On their hands they shall bear thee up, lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone.

 7.  Jesus said unto him, Again it is written, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

 8.  Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

 9.  and he said unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

 10.  Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

 11.  Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

The word of God is so powerful that when Jesus in the wilderness was tempted of the devil he answered every temptation with the word of God.

When Jesus quoted Deuteronomy Satan misquoted back to Jesus from psalm 91

If Satan twisted scripture with Jesus he will twist scripture with you. Satan does not question the authority of the word of God. But what he tried to do was to twist the word of God to bring doubt into the mind of Christ. Doubt kills faith and faith kills doubt. The more you understand the word of God the more your mind and spirit will be empowered in spiritual battle.

Living on the Spiritual offensive:

2 Corinthians 10

4.  (for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds),

Matthew 28

18.    And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.

2 Corinthians 2

14.  But thanks be unto God, who always leadeth us in triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest through us the savor of his knowledge in every place.

Matthew 28

18.  And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth.

 19.  Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:

 20.  teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Matthew 16

19.    I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Luke 9

1.  And he called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.

 2.  And he sent them forth to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

Luke 10

19.  Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall in any wise hurt you.

 20.  Nevertheless in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.