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The Good News of Peace - part of the Armor of God
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The Shoes of Readiness
"And as your shoes the readiness to announce
the Good News of peace." (Eph 6:15)

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Stand ready, your feet shod with the shoes of
readiness to announce the Good News of peace!

Shoes or boots, which were sometimes of iron, and sometimes of brass, are reckoned among the armor of soldiers. They were essential to the ancient armor. If the feet or legs were materially wounded, a man can neither stand to resist his foe, pursue him if vanquished, nor flee from him should he have to. The shoes of readiness are of equal importance to the armor of God.

The Israelites were commanded to eat the Passover with their feet shod, to show that they were ready for their journey. Our Lord commanded his disciples to be shod with sandals, that they might be ready to go and proclaim the Good News, as the Israelites were to go to possess the promised land. Every Christian should consider himself on his journey from a strange land to his own country, and not only stand every moment prepared to proceed, but be every moment in actual progress towards his home.

The words used in the original version of Ephesians 6:15
 are translated and interpreted in various ways.

Take for example, the following three Bible translations.

"As your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace."  [Good News Bible]

"Be ready with the good news of peace as shoes on your feet."  [Bible in Basic English]

"Your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace." [Modern King James Version]

This means that the feet could be shod either with preparation, with readiness, or with the Good News of peace, depending on your understanding of the original Greek.

1.  Some believe therefore that these shoes mean that we should always be ready to walk in the ways of the Good News, that is, to have an outward lifestyle that is agreeable to the Good News, that we may walk and war without fear.

This speaks of a promptitude or readiness:

  • to preach the Good News,

  • to receive the Good News,

  • to profess the Good News,

  • to defend the Good News;

  • to endure criticism and persecution for the Good News,

  • to live the Good News, in the doing of good works,

  • to do spiritual warfare, and/or

  • to continue in the Christian's journey heavenward.

In this case, the word preparation may imply that, by a conscientious adherence to the Good News in the receiving of the salvation of Christ and by walking in the way of obedience, the soul is prepared for the kingdom of heaven.

"It was to this that God called you, for Christ himself suffered for you and left you an example,
so that you would follow in his steps." (1Pe 2:21)

2.  Others believe that these shoes refer to the firmness and solidity which the
Good News gives to those who conscientiously adhere to its doctrines.

A firm and solid knowledge of the Good News, that proclaims the peace of Jesus Christ, forms a sure base or foundation for the Christian soldier to set his foot upon. He can stand secure on it. The Good News exemplifies the constant and firm standing of believers. It is termed the Good News of peace because it establishes peace between God and man and proclaims peace and good will to the world.

The shoes of Jesus took Him to the sick, the disabled, the possessed and to others in need. If we are scared to go where Jesus went, it shows hat we are not on a solid standing with God. If we stand on the Good News of peace, it will show in our lives.

The Good News makes men to be of peaceable tempers and behavior, and it gives peace to distressed minds. It directs the way to eternal peace, and proclaims peace by the blood of Christ. Contentions, strife, quarrels, and wars are as alien to the nature and design of the Gospel as they are opposed to the nature of the triune God, who is loving and compassionate to man in all His dealings.

The shoes of readiness, just like the rest of the armor of God,
is Christ himself, the Power behind the Good News of Peace.

 

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