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The Breastplate of Righteousness

Book of Ephesians

A Sermon on Ephesians 6:14

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (ESV)

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A breastplate was one of the most important pieces of armor worn by soldiers because it protected their vital organs in battle. This is why when Paul tells us to put on the breastplate of righteousness in Ephesians 4:16, he is urging us to protect the vital parts of us, our hearts and minds, from the fiery darts of the devil. But how do we protect our hearts and minds by putting on the breastplate of righteousness? Listen as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the meaning behind this passage. He begins by stating that our own righteousness alone is not enough to be victorious in battle, but rather the only righteousness that can protect us is that of God. He then explains the two aspects of God extending his righteousness to us: imputed and imparted righteousness. Imputed righteousness is the righteousness we receive from God through our faith in him. But it does not stop there. Imparted righteousness is what makes God’s righteousness a part of who we are as we become a new creation in him. God imputes and imparts his perfect righteousness to us so that we can be protected and stand confident in the day of battle.

Additional Scripture Translations

Ephesians 6:14, New American Standard Bible

14Stand firm therefore, having belted your waist with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

Ephesians 6:14, King James Version

14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

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.