Vol. 17, No. 16 – April 22, 2018
- The Equipment, vs 13-17, vs. 14, Righteousness
Eph 6:14, “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness.”
The Breastplate of Righteousness (continued).
For the believer, there are three aspects of righteousness that we see within the Bible.
- The righteousness of God that is imputed to the believer at the point of salvation; Positional Righteousness.
- The walk in righteousness post salvation; Experiential Righteousness.
- The ability to be blessed in time and eternity because of righteousness in us; Ultimate Righteousness.
3.) The Ability to be Blessed in Time and Eternity Because of Righteousness in Us; Ultimate Righteousness.
Because of the judicial imputation of Divine perfect righteousness to the believer at salvation, it allows God the Father the opportunity to provide the real imputation of blessings to the believer post-salvation. The real imputation of blessings includes both logistical grace blessings in time and the potential for greater grace blessings in both time and eternity. The potential for greater grace blessings is dependent on the believer walking in righteousness, Mat 6:33; Rom 8:17; 2 Cor 5:10; Gal 3:29; Eph 3:6; Titus 3:7; Heb 9:15; James 4:5-7; Rev 19:8.
To put it in a formulaic equation, we could say:
R1 (imputed righteousness at salvation) = B1 (logistical grace blessings in time and inherited blessings in eternity).
R1 + R2 (Experiential Righteousness post-salvation) = B2 (escrow blessing in time and eternity).
Mat 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”
James 4:5-7, “Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: ‘He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us?’ 6But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.’ 7Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Titus 3:7, “So that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
Heb 9:15, “For this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, so that, since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.”
2 Cor 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”
Rev 19:8, “It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”
All blessings come from what we call God’s “Grace Pipeline.” The judicial imputation of perfect righteousness establishes a “grace pipeline” by which God is able to bless the believer. This pipeline is encapsulated by the integrity of God, (His perfect righteousness and justice), and is motivated by His love.
On the giving end of the pipeline is the justice of God, the function of Divine integrity. On the receiving end is the perfect righteousness of God in you, the principle of Divine integrity. Grace is the policy of the justice of God in imputing blessings to the resident perfect righteousness of God in the believer.
Perfect righteousness demands perfect righteousness; perfect justice demands justice. Perfect God can only demand in man absolute perfection, which God provides. Therefore, the believer has perfect righteousness in his soul from the moment he is saved, and is capable of being blessed by God in both time and especially in eternity, because of the perfect righteousness in the believer.
God’s grace pipeline is always based on Divine perfection and righteousness. It is never based on human works, talent, or ability; it is never based on anything that emanates from the flesh, Rom 3:20‑26; 4:3‑12, 22-25; 9:30. Therefore, all blessings God provides are fair, just, equitable, and right.
As such, the imputation of perfect righteousness establishes the potential for great blessing in time, both logistical and escrow, as well as surpassing grace blessings in eternity, Eph 2:7.
Eph 2:7, “So that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
“Logistical” means God’s provisions for your every need, both spiritual and physical, while here on earth. These blessings are given by God to the believer regardless of his faithfulness because of God’s righteousness in you.
2 Tim 2:13, “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” That is, He cannot deny His righteousness that is imputed to you, the believer.
The first blessings we receive are the 40 things God provides at the moment of salvation to execute the spiritual life. We are qualified to receive these because of the judicial imputation of God’s righteousness given to us at salvation, of which even that imputation is from the grace pipeline of God. They include:
- Efficacious grace, (GtHS makes our faith effective for salvation), Eph 1:13.
- The sealing ministry of God the Holy Spirit, Eph 1:13-14; 4:30; 2 Cor 1:22.
- An eternal inheritance, Rom 8:17; Gal 3:29; 4:6-7; Eph 1:14, 18; 3:6; Heb 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4; 3:7.
- Regeneration, 2 Cor 1:22.
- Eternal life, John 3:15-16; 10:28; 6:47; 1 John 5:11-13.
- The imputed righteousness of God, Rom 3:22.
- Resultant justification, Rom 3:28; Gal 2:16; Titus 3:7.
- Reconciliation, Rom 5:10; 2 Cor 5:19; Col 1:20, 22.
- Beneficiaries of propitiation, Rom 3:24-25; 1 John 2:2; 4:10.
- Beneficiaries of unlimited atonement, 2 Cor 5:14-15, 19; 1 Tim 2:6; 4:10; Titus 2:11; Heb 2:9; 2 Pet 2:1; 1 John 2:2.
- Beneficiaries of redemption, Rom 3:24; 1 Cor 1:30; Gal 3:13; Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; Titus 2:14; Heb 9:12-15; 1 Peter 1:18-19.
- The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:26-28.
- Created a new spiritual species, 2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15.
- Entered into the Royal Family of God via adoption forever, Eph 1:5; 1 Peter 2:9.
- Equal privilege and equal opportunity of our election and predestination. (Equal privilege is provided in the royal priesthood; equal opportunity is provided in logistical grace), Gal 3:26-28; 6:15; Col. 3:9-11.
- Positional Sanctification, being “inChrist,” Rom 6:2; 1 Cor 1:2, 30; 6:11; 2 Thes 2:13; Heb 2:11; 10:10, 14.
- The asset of Election, Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4; Col 3:12; 1 Thes 1:4; 2 Thes 2:13; 2 Tim 2: 10; 1 Peter 2:9; 5:13.
- The asset of Predestination, Rom 8:29; Eph 1:5; 1 Peter 1:2.
- The universal priesthood of the believer, 1 Peter 1:5, 9; Rev 1:6; 5:10; 20:6.
- The Royal Ambassadorship of the believer, 2 Cor 5:2.
- The indwelling of God the Father, John 14:23; Eph 4:6; 2 John 9.
- The indwelling of God the Son, John 14:20; 17:22-23; Rom 8:10; 2 Cor 13:5; Gal 2:20; Col 1:27; 1 John 2:24.
- The indwelling of God the Holy Spirit, Rom 8:11; 1 Cor 3:16; 6:19-20; 2 Cor 6:16.
- The unique availability of Divine power due to Their indwelling, Rom 1:16; 9:22-24; 15:13; 1 Cor 4:20; 2 Cor 4:7; 2 Tim 1:7.
- The unique Pre-designed Plan of God, Eph 1:3-4.
- The filling of the Holy Spirit, Eph 5:18; Gal 5:16; John 4:24; Acts 2:4; 4:8, 31; 6:3, 5; 7:55; 9:17; 13:9; 11:24; 13:52; Luke 1:15, 41, 67; 4:1; 1 John 1:7; Eph 5:1; 2 Cor 3:3; 2 Peter 1:4.
- The distribution of spiritual gifts, 1 Cor 12:11.
- All judgment removed, John 3:18; Rom 8:1; Heb 9:27-28.
- Deliverance from the kingdom of Satan, Col 1:13a.
- Transferred into the kingdom of God, Col 1:13b.
- We are a gift from God the father to God the Son. We are a gift in that we are formed as the royal family of God, John 10:29; 17:2, 6, 9, 11, 24.
- We are delivered from the power of the old sin nature, Rom 7-8; 2:29; Phil 3:3; Col 2:11.
- We are given access to God in prayer, Rom 5:2; Eph 2:18; Heb 4:14, 16; 10:19-20.
- All scar tissue is removed from the soul, Isa 43:25; 44:22.
- Recipients of escrow blessings, Eph 1:3.
- We are on a secure foundation, 1 Cor 3:11; 10:4; Eph 2:20.
- We are related to God the Son by eight Biblical analogies:
a. The last Adam and the New Creation, 1 Cor 15:45; 2 Cor 5:17a.
b. The Head and the Body, Col 1:18a.
c. The Great Shepherd and the Sheep, Heb 13:20.
d. The True Vine and the Branches, John 15:5a.
e. The Chief Cornerstone and the Stones in the building, Eph 2:20; 1 Peter 2:5-6.
f. The Great High Priest and members of the Royal Priesthood, Heb 4:14a; 1 Peter 2:9a.
g. The Groom and the Bride, our wedding occurs at the Second Advent, Rev 19:7.
h. The King of Kings and the Royal Family of God, Rev 19:14-16.
- Recipients of eternal security, John 10:28; Rom 8:32; 2 Tim 2:13; Gal 3:25; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 Cor 12:27.
- Guaranteed a resurrection body forever, John 11:25; 1 John 3:2.
- We have been glorified in Christ, John 17:22; Rom 8:17, 30.
- Beneficiaries of the 11 Problem Solving Devices.
“Escrow” means, “an amount granted to somebody but held by a third party and only released after a specific condition has been met.” In regard to God the Father’s blessings it means, set aside in an account to be distributed later by Jesus Christ, the third party, when earned in time. That “later” includes both in time and in eternity at the BEMA seat of Jesus Christ after we receive our resurrection bodies, 1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10; Rev 2-3.
As such, God’s escrow blessings, (B2), are only potential until they are linked with (R2); walking in righteousness by the application of Bible doctrine in your soul by means of faith through the filling of God the Holy Spirit. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit mixed with your non-meritorious faith produces your walk in righteousness, (R2), which results in (B2), blessings in time and eternity. And remember, we are qualified to receive B2 because of R1, the imputation of Divine Righteousness at the moment of salvation. We will see more of this below.
If God can impute His perfect righteousness to us at salvation (R1), which takes greater effort than blessing us (B1 and B2), then He can certainly bless us at the point when we produce Divine Good, John 15:2-16; Gal 5:22; Eph 5:9; Phil 1:11; Col 1:6-10, and reach spiritual maturity, which takes far less effort on God’s part. When God is able to bless us in any fashion, it becomes part of the glorification of God through our lives.
Phil 1:11, “Having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”
Heb 12:11, “All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.” (The blessing of Divine discipline in our lives can produce R2 in our lives that results in B2).
James 3:18, “And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”
Eph 1:3, “Worthy of praise and glorification is God even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ.”
The blessings we can receive from God in time are part of the “all things” of Rom 8:28, 32.
Rom 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things?”
These blessings include:
1.) Spiritual blessings:
a) Maximum capacity for love; occupation with Christ; capacity for life, love, happiness, and blessing; sharing the +H of God.
b) The ability to cope with any disaster in life; freedom from slavery to circumstances of life.
c) Ability to correctly interpret contemporary history and correctly evaluate current events in terms of the Word of God.
d) Grace orientation, which is understanding and functioning under the grace principles in life.
e) Flexibility to adapt to the changing circumstances of life.
f) Maximum function of the Royal Family Honor Code.
g) A total sense of security in relationship to the Plan of God.
h) Dying grace and a total preparation for death, having confidence in God’s place, manner, and time for your death.
2.) Temporal blessing:
a) Wealth, received or acquired.
b) Success, prominence in one’s sphere of life, promotion.
c) Prosperity socially, sexually, technically, culturally, professionally, mentally, and in the area of establishment.
d) Leadership dynamics, the ability to assume authority apart from pseudo‑motivation and apart from emotional inspiration, plus stability of character.
e) Good health is not in our genes, but a blessing from God.
The mature believer can expect some of these, though not necessarily all of them. Some people are not suited to certain kinds of special blessing.
3.) Blessing by association. The mature believer is a blessing to those in his generation, both during his life and after his death, to those who were associated with him until their death. This is often why the wicked prosper. This can be illustrated by the pastor of a local church. No one exceeds their right pastor’s spiritual growth. Those in a congregation are blessed throughout their life by association with a mature pastor.
There are two categories of blessing by association: Direct blessing from God and indirect blessing from God, in which the believer shares his blessing, whether it is spiritual or material. There are six areas of blessing by association.
- Spiritual periphery from association with mature believers in the local church.
- Personal periphery includes loved ones. When someone in the family reaches maturity, the rest of the family is blessed.
- Professional periphery can include schools, military organizations, teams, etc.
- Business periphery.
- Social periphery includes friends, clubs.
- Geographical periphery can include the city, state, or nation.
There is also a “heritage factor” of blessing by association. Blessing by association is perpetuated to those with whom the mature believer had association after his death until they die. This is why the wicked prosper, Jer 12:1. Even reversionists prosper, because they were associated with the mature believer. Prov 24:19, “Do not be jealous of the wicked.”
4.) Historical blessing is the salt or pivot principle. If the pivot of mature believers is large enough, then the nation is preserved, blessing all who dwell in it.
5.) Undeserved suffering. This suffering is designed to demonstrate the power and provision of God’s grace, 2 Cor 12:1‑10.
2 Cor 12:9, “And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
2 Cor 12:10, “Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Undeserved suffering teaches the value of Bible doctrine in the soul, Psa 119:67‑68, 71. It is designed to manifest the ministry of God the Holy Spirit, 2 Cor 4:8‑11, and put muscle on faith through the operation of the faith‑rest drill, to accelerate spiritual growth, and to keep the believer occupied with his eternal future, Rom 8:36; 5:3‑5.
6.) Dying blessing. Dying grace terminates the life of the mature believer. The curse of death with its fear and pain is removed, causing it to become the greatest experience in life. Dying grace is the transition between the real imputation of blessing in time and the real imputation of blessing and reward in eternity. The mature believer has the best in life, something better in dying, and better than the best in eternity, Psa 116:15; Phil 1:21.
Psa 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His godly (mature) ones.”
Phil 1:21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
As far as the mature believer is concerned, God delivers him from death until it is time for him to die. Then He delivers him from the usual horrors of dying, Job 5:20; Psa 23:4; 33:19; 56:13; 116:8.
Psa 23:4, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
God’s decision is based on prior knowledge of all the facts. The general characteristics of Christian death include:
- No appointment with judgment, Rom 8:1.
- Being face to face with God, 2 Cor 5:8.
- No more pain, sorrow, death, or tears, Rev 21:4.
- The anticipation of an inheritance which is incorruptible, undefiled, and cannot be lost, 1 Pet 1:4‑5.
- A new home in heaven, John 14:1‑6.
- The reality of eternal life, 1 John 5:11‑12. We do not have the reality of eternal life until our soul is outside the body and in the presence of the Lord.
- Death is a promotion and gain, Phil 1:21.
- Death is a victory, 1 Cor 15:55‑58.
7.) Next, we see in Scripture that there are escrow blessings from God in eternity. This is the imputation of Divine blessing in the eternal state that provides motivation to the believer in time. This is what we call “Hope Three,” confident anticipation of blessing at the BEMA or Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ, 2 Cor 5:10; 1 Cor 3:10-15.
The mature believer has a special confidence, knowing that he will receive the seventh imputation of blessings from the justice of God to the resurrection body. This is the confidence throughout the rest of the mature believer’s lifetime. It is a fantastic confidence. Heb 11:13, describes it as saluting eternity as you cross the high golden bridge. It is a reality of eternity while still alive.
Rom 5:1-2, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.”
Rom 12:12a, “Rejoicing in hope (3).”
Col 1:5, “Because of the hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel.”
Titus 2:13, “Looking for the blessed hope, (this is not the Rapture but the imputation of eternal blessing which glorifies God forever), and appearing of the glory of the great God, even our Savior Christ Jesus.”
1 Peter 1:3, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope (3) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” Cf. Heb 6:19‑20; 1 John 3:2‑3.
This is the imputation from the justice of God of our eternal escrow blessings and rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ. The Judgment Seat of Christ occurs right after the Rapture while the seven years of the great Tribulation are occurring on the earth. Jesus Christ will be the judge of all Church Age believers at His judgment seat.
John 5:22, “But not even the Father judges anyone, but He has delegated all judgment to the Son.”
This explains 2 Cor 5:10, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” Cf. Rom 14:10.
There are four categories of rewards mentioned in scripture, in addition to those mentioned in Rev 2-3.
- Cities, Luke 19:13‑26. Some believers will rule cities during the Millennium.
- A special city, Heb 11:10, 13, 16; Rev 21:2, 10‑11.
- Analogy to the harvest, Mat 13:3‑9, 18‑23.
- The Crown of Righteousness, 2 Tim 4:7-8, which is given for the fulfillment of perfect righteousness in time, i.e., receiving the imputation of special blessings to the mature believer. On the basis of “faithful service,” the crown of righteousness is granted, “to all who have loved His appearing.”
2 Tim 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
- The Crown of Life, James 1:12; Rev 2:10, is given to those who advance in the spiritual life. The Crown of Life is given for living the spiritual life inside GPS bringing maximum glorification to God. It is awarded to invisible heroes for maximum production of divine good through the execution of the Plan of God with emphasis on invisible impact while persevering under trial.
James 1:12, “Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”
- The Crown of Rejoicing, Phil 4:1; 1 Thes 2:19, is for the believer who wins souls for the Lord.
- The Crown of Glory, 1 Peter 5:1-4, is the crown for the believer who is willing to feed the flock of God.
- The Order of The Morning Star, 1 Cor 4:8; 2 Tim 2:12; Rev 2:26-28; 5:10. This is a reward of rulership with the Lord in eternity.
Therefore, just as there are two components to “Truth” that we are to gird our loins with: 1) Truth that is God, His attribute, and 2) Truth that is His Word resident within your soul, there are two aspects of righteousness that protect us, 1) The imputation of God’s righteousness at the moment of salvation that gives us a right standing with God, and 2) The experiential righteousness of the moral high ground we take by means of the intake and application of God’s Word that results in in the deeds we perform in faith; Experiential Sanctification resulting in Divine good production. In addition, we also have the blessed hope of blessings and rewards in time and eternity because of the imputed righteousness of God that is able to be blessed, especially when we walk in God’s righteousness, R1 = B1, and R1 + R2 = B2. Each component of “R” is part of the breastplate we are to put on, as well as the confident expectation of being blessed because of the righteousness in us and performed by us.
“The breastplate of righteousness is our defense against evil. The opposition to temptation is best carried on by the positive cultivation of good. A habit of righteous conduct is itself a defense against temptation. Untilled fields bear abundant weeds. The used tool does not rust, nor the running water gathers scum. The robe of righteousness will guard the heart as effectually as a coat of mail. The positive employment with good weakens temptation, and arms us against evil. But so long as we are here our righteousness must be militant, and we must be content to live ever armed to meet the enemy which is always hanging round us, and watching for an opportunity to strike. The time will come when we shall put off the breastplate and put on the fine linen ‘clean and white,’ which is the heavenly and final form of the righteousness of Saints.” (Expositions of Holy Scripture)
Eph 6:15, “And having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.”
So far, we have noted two pieces of armor, the belt of truth and the Breastplate of Righteousness. Now, we note the third, the Feet shod with the preparedness of the gospel of peace.
In vs. 15, we have the military shoes, sandals, or combat boots we are to put on to fight the spiritual warfare we are engaged in.
The Greek begins with the Coordinating Conjunction KAI, “and,” that links this verse and armament with the overall armor of God.
“Having shod,” is the verb hupodeomai ὑποδέομαι that means, “shod, bind on, bind under, or put on.” It is also used in Mark 6:9 and Acts 12:8, and the verb appears twice in the Septuagint, 2 Chron 28:15; Ezek 16:10.
Here, it is in the Aorist, Middle, Participle in the Nominative Plural of HUPODEO. The Culminative Aorist tense stresses the cessation of the action of putting on your combat boots, with the idea of continuing to wear them during your spiritual warfare. In the Middle voice it means, “to put on your own combat sandals.” As a Participle it continues the command to put on and continue to wear the armor of God, and specifically this piece of equipment.
It comes from the Preposition HUPO, “under,” and DEO, “to bind.” Therefore, it means, “to bind under,” as sandals under the feet, to put on sandals, slippers, or shoes. Interestingly, the word DEO in Latin means, “God.” So, we see the authority we are to be under in our spiritual warfare.
In classical Greek, this verb meant to underbind, e.g., to fasten a binding on one’s sandals or put on one’s shoes. The sandal was bound on the foot with leather thongs. The cognates HUPODEMA and HUPODEMATOS mean, “a sandal or shoe,” Mat 10:10; Luke 10:4; 15:22; 22:35; Acts 7:33, quoted from Ex 3:5.
As you may have noticed, the word “sandal” is not used in this verse. The Greek noun for “sandals” is sandalion, σανδάλιον and is only used in Mark 6:9 and Acts 12:8, and is with HUPODEOMAI. Yet, from the root HUPODEO and its cognates, we see the context of the object that is in view for “putting on,” but not the common sandals for the civilian, in Eph 6:15, it speaks to the soldier’s sandals worn when on duty. Therefore, we could say, “having sandaled.” Today, we would say, “having put on your combat boots.”
The Roman soldier needed sure footing to enable him to march, to move quickly, and stand his ground when necessary. The Roman sandal or military shoe was bound by leather throngs over the instep and around the ankle, and the soles were thickly studded with nails to permit surefootedness. This would give him a firm sure footing in case of attack.
The analogy we have here is for the Christian soldier to stand firm against the attacks of Satan, his demonic forces, and world system. To do so, we must see to it that our feet are properly protected and equipped.
This word is first used in the NT in Mark 6:9, when Jesus sent out the 12 disciples to evangelize throughout Israel. Notice that this passage has to do with evangelizing, spreading the Gospel of Peace, just as our verse does.
Mark 6:7-13, “And He (Jesus Christ) summoned the twelve and began to send them out in pairs; and He was giving them authority over the unclean spirits; 8and He instructed them that they should take nothing for their journey, except a mere staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belt; 9but to wear (HUPODEOMAI) sandals (sandalion); and He added, “Do not put on two tunics.” 10And He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave town. 11And any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake off the dust from the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.” 12And they went out and preached that men should repent. 13And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.”
Here we see several principles about evangelizing we should take note of, but when Jesus told His disciples to provide for themselves only one pair of sandals for their evangelistic trip, He was teaching them to trust in God to provide their needs as necessary during their journey, cf. Deut 29:5. So, we see that we are to faith rest in God to provide all that is necessary when we go out to evangelize.
Deut 29:5, “I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.”
The next time HUPEDEOMAI is used, is when Peter was freed from King Herod’s captivity, Acts 12:8.
Acts 12:4-11, “When he had seized him, he put him in prison, delivering him to four squads (TETRADION – 4 soldiers per squad) of soldiers to guard him (16 in all), intending after the Passover to bring him out before the people. 5So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. 6On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. 7And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands. 8And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself (perizOnnumi, Eph 6:14) and put on (HUPODEOMAI) your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” 9And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. 11When Peter came to himself, he said, ‘Now I know for sure that the Lord has sent forth His angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting’.”
Here, the angel had freed Peter from captivity and told him to prepare himself for that freedom. Therefore, we see the results of the gospel of peace; freedom from captivity. That is, the captivity of sin over the life of the unbeliever. As a believer, you are free from sin. That is the message we are to be prepared to deliver to the lost.
Likewise, in the LXX usages, we see the impact the gospel of peace has, as 2 Chron 28:15, records how the Israelites clothed their prisoners, gave them food and drink, and put sandals on their feet. And, in Ezek 16:10, God recounts how He treated the Israelites; He bathed them, vs. 9, clothed them, and placed sandals on their feet. Therefore, we see the provisions of God that accompany the gospel of peace that we are to bring to the lost.
The thing to be “shod or sandaled” is “the feet” HO POUS, in the Accusative, Masculine, Plural. Rather than saying to put on “sandals,” sandalion, we are commanded to shod our “feet.” In other words, we are to wrap the feet, protect the feet, and provide for the feet. As you know, the feet provide great stability for the whole body. That is the first message here. To make sure we are stable in all that we do. The feet also give the body motion: forward, backward, and side to side. With the feet, we can stand still, walk, run, and jump. The feet are a wonderful creation by God to provide these things for us.
All of this is analogues to what the gospel of Jesus Christ provides for our soul; it gives it the potential for motion, momentum, stability, height, depth, breath and width, Eph 3:18, as it gives us spiritual life and the ability to advance in that life.
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A PERSONAL NOTE FOR YOU
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.
Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life. So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:
“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”
If you have done that, I Welcome You to the Eternal Family of God !!!