Today’s challenge – Righteousness
It seems that the place to start in understanding the Breastplate of Righteousness is by understanding Righteousness. I’ve been reading some very technical theological articles on Righteousness and have come away with two impressions:
Before we go any further, I want to lay the groundwork; the definition of the word “just” is: based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair.
1.) God the Father is righteous (just); Jesus Christ his Son is the Righteous (Just) one; the Father through the Son and in the Spirit gives the gift of righteousness (justice – just behavior) to repentant sinners for salvation; such believing sinners are declared righteous (just) by the Father through the Son, and are made righteous (just) by the Holy Spirit working in them, and will be wholly righteous (just) in the age to come. Okay that’s a mouth full…
2.) For those of us who have accepted Jesus and His salvation, righteousness (justice – just behavior) is in our DNA…it is who we are. Righteousness (just behavior) isn’t earned, it isn’t practiced, it isn’t available for a limited time, it isn’t measured in degrees…it’s who we are.
Think about it – by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we are righteous (just). Let’s learn to give into the nature we’ve so freely been given!
Romans 3:23-24: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.