Saturday, March 21, 2009
Get your gospel shoes on (Armor of God, Cont.)!
Ephesians 6:14 And having your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Rom 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
As we continue our study on the armor of God, we see now come to one of 2 offensive weapons. The Roman Soldier had special shoes with spikes in the soles that would allow them to advance against the enemy regardless of the terrain. Paul, who is writing to the church to show them/us that they/we can win against the Principalities and Powers, encourages them to shod their feet with the gospel of peace. Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers." Now, peacemakers are more than just mediators between two opposing parties. Peacemakers are people who help others to come to a peaceful resolution. The ultimate peacemakers are those who help others make peace with God through the blood of His cross. Paul wrote to the Romans that the feet of them that preach this gospel of peace are beautiful!
So how do we advance against an enemy that hates us in a rugged Christ-hating world? We do it with the Gospel of Peace. Sinful man can make peace with a Holy God through the blood of God's own Son, Christ Jesus! Christ died and shed His own blood to pay for mankind's sin. Through faith in Him, we can make peace with God, and have the peace of God in our hearts.
This week, let us advance the cause of Christ and God's Kingdom against the Principalities and Powers by sharing the good news of Jesus with someone else! Get your gospel shoes on!