Gospel Of Peace – March 18, 2016
Ephesians 6:14, Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
John 3:16, For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Romans 5:1, …since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
This week’s blogs focus on the full armor of God that the Apostle Paul tells us to put on every day in order to be properly equipped to face the battles ahead. If you missed the earlier thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog www.johnmarkcaton.com. The last piece in our armor that I want to look at this week is our spiritual boots. The Bible says we should have our feet fitted with the “gospel of peace.”
In biblical times, the terrain was rocky and required strong and sturdy protective footwear, kind of like military boots of today. A soldier that didn’t have proper footwear could be quickly debilitated and be lost to the battle. But notice our footwear is the gospel of peace. That word gospel means good news, and just what is that good news? “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). It does not stop there; it says we ought to fit our feet with the gospel of peace, and what peace is more important than peace with God. The Bible says in Romans 5:1, “…since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace with God is the only real and lasting peace. And by lasting peace, I mean we have peace with God on this earth and in eternity to come.
So as you head into the weekend…don’t forget the Gospel of Peace. Have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D