TRUTH: The Armor of God – Feet fitted with Good News

There are a myriad of things that people can sense. We often hear phrases like I could see that coming a mile away, or I could smell that a mile away. Regardless of the phrase used, the idea is that people are often able to determine whether something is coming that is beneficial or harmful to them. TRUTH: The Armor of God – Feet fitted with Good News 

That is the notion behind what Paul wrote when he was outlining elements of the Armor of God. The Roman soldiers had a special sandal for battle. Those sandals were designed to steady their feet in battle. Today, we look at the Gospel of Peace as one of the pieces of armor followers of Christ are asked to put on. The peace of God steadies us as we fight the good fight of faith.

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. (having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace (NKJV)) 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

The presupposition to put on something is voluntary. Paul goes on to share another piece of armor with the believers in Ephesus. He harnesses their minds to Old Testament prophecy about Jesus. He reminds them that Jesus ,as well as they, is the fulfillment of prophecy.  Isaiah 52:7 says, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”” At this time and in this age, it was a reference to messengers who reported on the battle. Those messengers would run from the scene of battle across the hills to Zion with the good news that God reigns. They prefigure the evangelists who will announce the gospel of Jesus Christ. That is the point Paul reiterates in Romans 10:15 and in Ephesians 6:15TRUTH: The Armor of God – Feet fitted with Good News 

Earlier in the text, 2:14-17, Paul gives instruction on how man attains peace. Listen to what he said about Jesus Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near.

All followers of Christ have been given the responsibility to share the good news of the gospel with those who do not know Jesus. Paul shares this in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 which says, “18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

TRUTH: The Armor of God – Feet fitted with Good News The Gospel of Jesus Christ is called the Good News because it brings peace with God and the peace of God for the one who TRUSTS in Christ as Savior and Lord. We see that manifested in peace with God, peace with ourselves and peace with our neighbors. Romans 12:18 directs us, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Without Christ, it is impossible to live at peace with God, yourself or others. For He Himself is our peace. That reminds me of the saying No God, No peace; Know God, Know peace.

If you know Jesus as Savior and Lord, share the Good News with others. If you don’t know Jesus as Savior and Lord, get to know Him, so you can have peace with God, peace with yourself and peace with others.

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