Ephesians 6:10-20 – “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, 15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, 19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” NASU
We have covered two pieces of the Full Armor of God, the GIRDLE or BELT of TRUTH, and the BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Now we come to the third item listed in Paul’s discourse, the GOSPEL FOOTWEAR, “feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.” That description covers more than just Gospel Combat Boots or Shoes it covers the heart and root of the gospel and that is a vital area of consideration. In Roman and Grecian militaries part of their success was attributed to the soldiers being well shod and able to endure long marches with incredible speed over very rough terrain. Therefore, having our feet, which represents our walk and our life, shod with the Gospel of Peace is powerfully important in our Spiritual Warfare. Notice this says,” …and having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace.”
PREPARATION is a key element in this piece of armor. Preparation denotes readiness and is a continual reminder that we are to be workmen that need not be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of Truth and we are to be ready always, instant in season and out of season. This is to be on ‘firm footing’ with the Gospel but it is more than just the Good News it is the Gospel of Peace. The Peace of God and the Greek word is “Eirene (i-ray-nay) and means to be ‘set at one again.’ This is being firmly rooted and settled in Jesus, prepared and ready with a firm foundation to present the Gospel, the Good News to whomever, wherever, and whenever. In Albert Barnes’ notes on the Bible, we find that the Roman soldier’s sandals were “often fitted with nails, or armed with spikes, to make them hold firm in the ground.” That is our condition with the GOSPEL SHOES, standing on a firm foundation, ready and prepared to STAND FIRM and DECLARE THE GOSPEL.
PREPARATION or READINESS means constant vigilance as a good soldier is every alert and aware of his surroundings. He cares for his armor and equipment for they may mean the difference between life and death or victory and defeat. Our PEACE SHOES have a two-fold purpose, defensive and offensive. Defensively we have to be able to stand on a solid foundation if we are going to lift the Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit and do battle. We have to have confidence in our position and condition in Christ, know that our foundation in His Grace is sure. Offensively, we have to have sure footing that we can both withstand an assault and launch one. The GOSPEL SHOES are shoes properly fitted for the journey, designed by the Lord Himself and empowered by the Holy Spirit’s Anointing.
Jesus is our Peace and when we are anchored in His Peace, secure in His Salvation, confident in His Grace and prepared for battle, we can deliver the Gospel with a power and authority the devil cannot withstand. We truly can go into all the world and preach the gospel and expect the results Jesus declared.
I desire to address this more fully and take up the next piece of Spiritual Armor so we will pause here and deal with the SHIELD OF FAITH in the next devotional. God, bless you richly is my prayer and desire!