Week 18: Gospel of Peace
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:13-15
13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[c] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:11- 15
As Paul continues to instruct us on how to stand firm against the enemy’s attack on us, he gets down to our foundation. Your foundation in a fight, is your feet. Your foundation as a believer is the gospel. Without the power of the gospel you and I would never be able to stand. And I think Paul is teaching us at least three things about the gospel here.
- The gospel goes.
- The gospels fits EVERY person in every situation.
- The gospel brings peace.
First, the gospel goes. The gospel is the good news of salvation for EVERYONE who would believe that when Jesus died on the cross, that counted for them. Jesus commissioned each believer to go and take this good news to the very ends of the earth. In Romans 10, Paul draws a very logical conclusion about the need of taking the gospel on the go. How can one believe in whom they have never heard? And how can you hear if no one preaches the gospel to them?
The implication is pretty obvious: Therefore, Go! It is no accident that as Paul is using the analogy of putting on armor for battle, that he equates the gospel with shoes. Because it’s our feet that takes us from one place to the other and as we are on the go, the gospel goes.
Number two, the gospel fits. The New International Version translation of Ephesians 6:15 says, “and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” No matter your situation, no matter who you are, no matter what challenges you face, no matter how successful you’ve been, no matter how sound your plans are, no matter how hopeless you may feel…the gospel fits every person in every situation because God so loved the world. That means that our feet take the good news to ALL people in ALL situations. The gospel fits.
And then, number three, the Gospel brings peace. Everyone I know is on a peace pursuit. We think that we may find it in a new house, in a vacation, in a bank account, or someone’s approval of us. Well, we are WRONG. Peace is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The gospel of peace begins with making peace between us and God. We can never know peace while being at odds with the one we were created to know and love. The gospel tears down the wall of enmity between us and God that our sin has created. The gospel also makes peace between us and our fellow man. Forgiven people, forgive people.
When we experience the grace of God through the gospel, it compels and empowers us to love others the way that we have been loved. And the gospel of peace provides for us a peace that guards our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus and provides a peace that transcends our circumstances.
I believe one of the reasons that many Christians are not experiencing the inner peace that the gospel offers us, is because our feet are not fitted with the readiness of the gospel. In other words, we spend way too much time in self-absorption and in our own comforts instead of on the go with the good news of the gospel. If we woke up every day and were burdened by the BILLIONS of people that don’t know Jesus, it would change the way we live. If we understood that God has called us, His children, to take the good news to a lost and dying world, then it would reset our priorities.
If we loved and prayed for our ONE MORE like their eternity depended on in it, then maybe we would not slip so quickly into the same mindset as our current culture. We wouldn’t be so concerned about how many miles are on our car. We wouldn’t be obsessed with how our jeans fit, or don’t fit anymore. We wouldn’t see our neighborhoods primarily as a place to bring us happiness, but as a mission field for us to share the gospel.
If we woke up every day with our eyes and hearts laser focused on the great commission of taking the gospel to the places God is sending us, then the things of this world would grow strangely dim.
So may you fit your feet with the readiness that is sharing the gospel of Jesus with whoever He leads you to. And may God deepen your relationship with Him as you help others discover theirs.