The Book of Ephesians ~ Chapter 6:15 ~ The Armor of God Pt. 5 ~ Shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, Pt. 2

Vol. 17, No. 17 – April 29, 2018

4 22 18 Eph 6 vs 15 Shod your feet with the prepardness of the Gospel of Peace

Ephesians 6:10-24 – Stand in Warfare!
The Equipment vs 13-17

Vs. 15

Eph 6:15, “And having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.”

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.

The Bible is filled with many analogies regarding the feet and the abilities it provides for us.

  • Metaphorically, the way of one’s feet refers to the way of one’s life, e.g., Psa 119:101,105; Prov 4:26.

Psa 119:1, “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the LORD.”

Psa 119:101-104, “I have restrained my feet from every evil way, that I may keep Your word. 102I have not turned aside from Your ordinances, for You Yourself have taught me. 103How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.”

Psa 119:105-106, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106I have sworn and I will confirm it, that I will keep Your righteous ordinances.”

a) “Feet” indicate our righteous acts of Divine good production, 1 Tim 5:10; Heb 12:13.

1 Tim 5:10, “Having a reputation for good works; if she has brought up children, if she has shown hospitality to strangers, if she has washed the saints’ feet, if she has assisted those in distress, and if she has devoted herself to every good work.”

Heb 12:13, “And make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.”

b) Though the feet can be used for good, they can also be used for evil, 1 Kings 2:5; Prov 1:15-16; 5:5; 6:13, 18, 28; 7:11; 26:6; Mat 18:8; Rom 3:15, as we see in the seven things God hates, Prov 6:15-19.

Prov 6:16-19, “There are six things which the LORD hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: 17Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, 18A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, 19A false witness who utters lies, and one who spreads strife among brothers.”

Rom 3:15, “Their feet are swift to shed blood.”

1 Kings 2:5, “Now you also know what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Israel, to Abner the son of Ner, and to Amasa the son of Jether, whom he killed; he also shed the blood of war in peace. And he put the blood of war on his belt about his waist, and on his sandals on his feet.”

  • “Feet in sandals,” is also used in an expression of the Lord’s love for the members of His body, His bride, Song of Sol 7:1.

Song of Sol 7:1, “How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O prince’s daughter! The curves of your hips are like jewels, the work of the hands of an artist.”

  • We also note that when things are placed “under the feet,” it represents power, rule, and authority, Psa 8:6; 110:1; Mat 22:44; Acts 2:35; Rom 16:20; 1 Cor 15:25-27; Eph 1:22; Heb 1:13; 2:8; 10:13.

Eph 1:22, “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church.”

Rom 16:20, “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”

a) For our Lord to gain His authority and provide us our authority, His “feet” were pierced on our behalf, Psa 22:16; Luke 24:39-40.

Psa 22:16, “For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.”

  • Worship of the Lord includes the feet, in falling at, sitting at, washing, and kissing, Mat 15:30; 28:9; Mark 5:22; 7:25; Luke 5:8; 7:38-46; 10:39; 17:16; John 11:2, 32; 12:3; Rev 1:17.
  • “Feet” are used by our Lord to teach the rebound technique of 1 John 1:9, the cleansing of our sins experientially post-salvation, as they are positionally at the moment of salvation, John 13:5-14. Vs. 14, also speaks to our outreach and service to others, both believers and unbelievers, so that they too can have the cleansing found in Jesus Christ.
  • There is much celebration when a fellow brother or sister is restored to fellowship with God, Luke 15:22, 32, cf. Luke 15:6, 9.

Luke 15:22, “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet’.”

Luke 15:32, “But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.”

Luke 15:6, “And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!”

Luke 15:9, “And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost!’”

  • “Feet,” as in our verse, indicates the firm ground we are to stand on in the spiritual warfare, Psa 40:2.

Psa 40:2, “He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.”

  • And, as in our verse, it is used to indicate how God views those who bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are lost in this world, Isa 52:7; Rom 10:15.

Isa 52:7, “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

Rom 10:15, “How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS!”

a) When evangelizing, if people reject your message, you are not to take it personally, but put it behind you, forget about it, and move forward to the next opportunity for witnessing. Remember, they are not rejecting you but are rejecting the Lord, Mat 10:14; Mark 6:11; Luke 9:5; 10:11; Acts 13:51.

Mat 10:14, “Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.”

Mark 6:11, “Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.”

Luke 9:5, “And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.”

Luke 10:11, “Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.”

b) At the same time, we are to have discernment as when to witness the gospel and when not to, Mat 7:6.

Mat 7:6, “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”

c) Yet, when we do have opportunity to witness, we are to use the best of our spiritual abilities to save those who are in darkness and bring them to the peace of God, Luke 1:79.

Luke 1:79, “TO SHINE UPON THOSE WHO SIT IN DARKNESS AND THE SHADOW OF DEATH, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Summary:

  • Our feet symbolize the “path of life,”
    • Both good and bad.
  • They symbolize God’s Love for us.
  • They are a sign of authority, power, and rule.
    • Because our Lord’s feet were pierced on our behalf.
  • They are an expression of our worship of the Lord.
  • They remind us of the forgiveness of sin.
  • They indicate God’s rejoicing over the lost who are found.
  • They symbolize our firm position in God and Christ.
  • They indicate our responsibility to witness to others.
    • God loves it.
    • Forget those who reject it.
    • Have discernment in delivering it.
    • Do it to your best ability.

With all of these in view, our feet need to be prepared to stand firm in Christ during the spiritual warfare we are in.

The phrase, “YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE,” is capitalized in the NASB, because it is a quote from the OT. In this case, it is from the hymn of praise in Isa 52:17, which is also quoted in Rom 10:15, and from the prophecy of Nahum 1:15. Yet, in our verse, it is more of a paraphrase. In addition, Paul previously spoke of this in regard to Jesus’ ministry in Eph 2:17.

Isa 52:7, “How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!’”

Nahum 1:15, “Behold, on the mountains the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace! Celebrate your feasts, O Judah; Pay your vows. For never again will the wicked one pass through you; He is cut off completely.”

Rom 10:15, “How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!’”

Eph 2:17, “And He (Jesus Christ) came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near.”

In all instances, the reference is to the communication of the gospel of salvation that is found in Jesus Christ.

Next we have, “with the preparation,” in the Dative case of the Preposition EN, “with,” and the Noun hetoimasia, ἑτοιμασία, that means, “readiness, a state of being ready for action, readiness or being ready to do something, preparation,” or even “equipment.” This is the only time this word is used in the NT. It comes from the verb hetoimazO that means, “put or keep in readiness, get ready, or prepare” in classical Greek. In addition, it was used for the tackling of a ship, which meant the ropes, winches, pulleys, and blocks that were necessary to sail a ship. If the ship were not equipped with these things, it could not sail to its destination. Therefore, the ship needed to be equipped with and prepared with the tackle in order to set sail. So we could translate this, “with the tackle or equipment.”

Today, we also think of the usage of tackle as a word for the gear and equipment necessary to go fishing, which is a direct analogy to being prepared to witness the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Jer 16:16; Ezek 47:10; Mat 4:18-19; Mark 16-17; Cf. Luke 5:10.

Jer 16:16, “‘Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen,’ declares the LORD, ‘and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks’.”

Ezek 47:10, “And it will come about that fishermen will stand beside it; from Engedi to Eneglaim there will be a place for the spreading of nets. Their fish will be according to their kinds, like the fish of the Great Sea, very many.”

Mat 4:18-19, “Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen, (HALIEUS). 19And He *said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men, (HALIEUS ANTHROPOS).”

To follow Jesus was the preparation they and we all need in order to be fishers of men!

Luke 5:10, “And so also James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, ‘Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men’.”

Therefore, readiness to preach the gospel message is seen as part of the soldiers “equipment.”

Occasionally in the LXX, hetoimasia is used for establishing a foundation or a firm footing, Ezra 2:68; 3:3; Psa 89:14; Zech 5:11.

Psa 89:14, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation (hetoimasia) of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You.”

As you can imagine, the foundation we stand on is Jesus Christ and our salvation through Him. So we could also translate Eph 6:15, “with the firm footing for the foundation.” Cf. 1 Cor 10:4; Luke 6:48.

1 Cor 10:4, “And all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.”

This suggests the firm and solid knowledge of the gospel, along with the eternal security that comes with it, in which the believer may stand firm on and not be moved, just like soldiers in their military duty.

The cognates of this word, like the Adjective HETOIMOS, are used in the NT to speak to the concept of “readiness.” This readiness is demanded in three respects:

  1. Readiness for good works, Titus 3:1; cf. 2 Tim 2:21.
  2. Readiness to bear witness to the Gospel, 1 Peter 3:15; Eph 6:15.
  3. Readiness for the return of the Lord, with particular urgency, Mat 24:44; Luke 12:35-40.

1 Peter 3:15, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence.”

Luke 12:40, “You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.”

This readiness gives the Christian life a distinctive dynamic character. It means to be vigilant, that is, to be preparing yourself daily with the knowledge of Christ and His “so great of a salvation,” first for yourself in recognizing the forgiveness of your sins and eternal life you stand in. The sailors of the ancient day did not know when a storm would hit them. So, they had to be constantly prepared for it, so that when it did hit, they could weather the storm and ride it out safely. The same goes for the believer to be prepared to weather the storms of life, and the attacks of Satan and his cosmic system, because you never know when they are going to hit you. Therefore, the best defense is to be always prepared; vigilant.

Secondly, the believer is to be vigilant so that you are prepared to communicate the gospel of Christ whenever the moment arises. You never know when someone will need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, ask you about it, or the opportunity arises for you to communicate it. Therefore, the best offense is to always be prepared to deliver it.

In virtue of it, the life of the believer becomes a life of conscious and vigilant expectation, which assures of salvation and the openness to the possibilities of action determined by it. That is why Paul tells us to “have our feet shod with the preparation.” The preparation is for the readiness of battle inside the Angelic Conflict, and the readiness for active propagation of the Gospel, which is the most effective means of combating satanic powers. The preparation is first for ourselves to provide confidence for endurance, and secondly to deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, when we witness to others, it causes us to stand more firm on the rock of Jesus Christ.

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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 !!!

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