Putting on the Breastplate
A Sermon on Ephesians 6:14
Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (ESV)
In our Christian life, we must fight a daily battle against the accusations of the devil. How then do we fight against these accusations and respond by living in the truth of the Bible? When Satan tries to distract and condemn us with our imperfections, failures, and unworthiness, how do we respond in a way that keeps our focus on God and not ourselves? In this sermon, Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains how the breastplate of righteousness protects us from these accusations by reminding us of who we are in Christ Jesus. When the devil whispers to us that we are not worthy enough to pray or enter into the presence of a holy God, the breastplate of righteousness reminds us that we have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus through faith. When Satan points to the failures and mistakes of our past, making forgiveness feel impossible for us, the breastplate of righteousness reminds us that we have been forgiven of our sins and God’s holy righteousness covers us. The devil tries to put us in a state of condemnation, while the breastplate of righteousness keeps us from guilt and shame by showing us that we are a new creation in Christ Jesus our Lord.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.