and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Ephesians 6:15 NASB
This weapon of our warfare is our first offensive weapon.
Why does the Holy Spirit place this weapon on our feet?
We are Christ’s witnesses wherever we go and wherever we are. Peter says:
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; 1 Peter 3:15 NASB
The disciples were sent out by Jesus for the very purpose of taking the gospel to whosoever would believe.
Feet must be put to our belief. In the past I’ve talked about the feet that were put to confirm Abraham’s belief. Ours are no different. Our feet must substantiate our belief.
To believe that we are in a spiritual warfare yet to take up no weapon of offense is to deny our own belief. Our main offensive weapon is the gospel. But why would this gospel presented to us here when Paul is preparing us for warfare be called the Gospel of peace?
Does this gospel extinguish all enemies?
Does this gospel eradicate the need for warfare?
Does this gospel bring peace?
The answer is yes and no. This gospel in this age will lead us into our greatest battles. A battle for the souls of men.
But there is another aspect of this command. Preparation is part of this weapons purpose, because it will also lead us into the Greatest time of peace, the millennial kingdom, when all has been placed under the feet of Christ and His bride.
But Paul makes clear that the gospel is part of the makeup of every believers weapons. The gospel is not just to have been heard and accepted by believers, but it is the main weapon of our arsenal.
Jesus’ command was to take it with us wherever we go throughout the world.
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (KJV)
Ellen and I have a friend we have known for years who is with Wycliffe. She tells us that we are still on target to have the gospel translated into every known language by 2025. What does that mean? Is it an end or is it just the start? God knows.