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s the soldier heads out onto the   we must wear the breastplate of righteous-
               battlefield, he carefully puts on his   ness to protect our life in Christ and our
        Aarmor; each piece is significant. In   love for Him.
        the spiritual battle, as we stand against the
        schemes of the devil, it is essential for us to   IDENTITY IN CHRIST
        put on the whole armor of God. We have   Empowerment always follows a true
        already considered the necessity of tighten-  understanding of our identity. This means
        ing the belt of truth around us daily as we   that our ability to live victoriously is rooted
        face the lies of the enemy. In Ephesians 6,   in the understanding of who we are in
        the second piece of armor Paul mentioned   Christ. The truth of the gospel is that the
        is the breastplate of righteousness. Paul   moment one trusts Christ as Savior, he
        wrote that we are to stand “having put   becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus. In
        on the breastplate of righteousness” (Eph   Romans 5:17 Paul states that we received
        6:14, ESV). Only after the Middle Ages was   the “gift” of righteousness, and in 2 Cor-
        the breastplate changed to metal. In the   inthians he says, “For our sake He made
        first century, the soldier’s breastplate was   Him to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in
        made of heavy, thick leather that protected   Him we might become the righteousness of
        from the swords, spears, knives, and ar-  God” (2Cor 5:21, ESV). What we learn from
        rows of the enemy. This thick leather was   these passages is that when we believed
        wrapped around the torso and it covered   in Christ, God gave us a new standing in
        the soldier’s vital organs – his lungs and   him. We are no longer viewed by God as
        heart. Significant damage to either of these   guilty sinners but rather as righteous ones
        organs would bring defeat.           in Christ. This is our new position, new
          With our lungs we draw in the breath we   standing, and new location. As Paul states
        need to keep living; spiritually speaking,   in Colossians 1, “He has delivered us from
        the lungs represent our life in Christ. The   the domain of darkness and transferred us
        heart, which has long been considered the   to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col
        seat of our emotions, spiritually represents   1:13, ESV).
        our affection for Christ. If we are going to   While most of us cognitively grasp this
        be victorious on the spiritual battlefield,   truth, we often fail to live in the reality of

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