A short summary of Ephesians 6:14B “… Put on the breastplate of righteousness” 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? 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.