Robert has been taught all his life by his parents and in church about right and wrong. He has a strong faith in God. Now he’s discovered the company he works for is into some shady dealings. Robert can’t, in good conscience, go along with it. He considers himself a righteous man and he knows God would not want him to take part in illegal practices. Robert decides to resign, having faith that God has a different plan for him.
In Paul’s letter to Rome he is not writing only to the Jews there who believe in Christ. He is also opening the way to the Gentile believers as well. In Romans 1:14-15 Paul says, “I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.”
Rome in Paul’s time was a magnificent city with grand structures. Many of these architectural wonders were temples to the Roman gods. Rome was noted as a city given to pleasure. Paul wanted to spread the gospel there to tell the people there was more to life than selfish desires. The gospel Paul preached was the gospel of righteousness, the standard of what’s right and just, and of the salvation from God for all who believe.
By putting on the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS we acknowledge the power of God. We are telling the world and Satan we stand with God and we have the righteousness which comes through faith in Him. We can take a firm position in what is right and just.
As soldiers in God’s army we can be confident the BREASTPLATE will provide the protection we need to guard our hearts from being invaded with ideas of self-gratification. Temptations are all around striking us like arrows. Paul knew about those temptations when he wrote his letters to the various new churches. Faith in God and the righteousness which comes by that faith were needed by the churches starting out in Paul’s time. Faith and righteousness are needed as much today as we face the weapons of the devil.
Spiritual warfare is not for the faint of heart. We must pray for courage and strength, then put on the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS and face the battle head on. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Like Paul we need to stand up for the gospel of Jesus Christ no matter the cost and put Him ahead of worldly pleasures which may lure us away.
APPLICATION: Take an inventory of where you stand regarding right from wrong. Can you say, like Paul, “I am not ashamed of the gospel?” Are you willing to put God first and not let worldly pleasures take control?