Breastplate of Righteousness: Spiritual Warfare and the Armor of God

Righteousness. It’s common Christian jargon. But its meaning is often misunderstood. Combine it with a piece of armor—breastplate of righteousness—and it becomes more fuzzy. A fuzziness we can’t afford in our spiritual warfare. Listen to Richaél Lucero for a clear explanation of the breastplate of righteousness. And its practical application in your daily battle.

This series combines a bible study on the armor of God and spiritual warfare. Each episode goes over one of seven pieces of armor. This is armor piece number one. 

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Episodes referenced

armor of god series

How to fight like a child of God in your daily spiritual warfare using all seven pieces of what St. Paul calls the “armor of God” in Ephesians 6.

Scriptures referenced

The seven pieces of armor that make up the armor of God.

Stand therefore, having girded your loins with [the belt of] truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Ephesians 6:14-18

The second step in putting on the whole armor of God in bold.

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

Ephesians 6:14

Grace is needed for righteousness. Against the Pelagian heresy.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Confirmation the breastplate of righteousness refers to the virtues. As faith and love are virtues.

Putting on the breastplate of Faith and love.

1 Theselonians 5:8

Quotes referenced

God’s to transform us to his righteousness.

God became man so that man can become like God.

St. Athanasius

The breastplate of righteousness refers to a life of universal virtue.

As the breastplate is impenetrable, so also is righteousness, and by righteousness here he means a life of universal virtue.

St. John Chrysostom, Homily 24 

Definition of virtue.

habitual and firm disposition to do good.

Catechism of the Catholic Church 133

The strength of a life of virtue.

Such a life [of universal virtue] no one shall ever be able to overthrow; it is true, many wound him, but no one cuts through him, no, not the devil himself.

St. John Chrysostom, Homily 24 

Acknowledgement of the lively virtues though not by name.

“Vices can be classified according to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to the capital sins …”

Catechism of the Catholic Church 1866

The goal of a virtuous life.

“The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.”

St. Gregory of Nyssa

Links referenced

Theological virtues: Faith, hope, and love.

Cardinal virtues: Prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.

Pairing of the seven deadly sins with the lively virtues (Virtues in bold.)

Pride, humility. Lust, chastity. Envy, kindness. Gluttony, temperance. Sloth, diligence. Anger, meekness. Greed, generosity.

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