Summary: This morning we are going to learn something that some women already know, It’s all about the shoes! Let’s look at this as we have with the other pieces. we will determine first what Paul is speaking about. What are these shoes that the soldier would wear
We have spent the last few weeks taking some time to study the whole armour of God. This spiritual armour is given to us because we are in a battle. It is not a battle of flesh & blood, it is a spiritual battle therefore the equipment we need is not of aphysical, but a spiritual nature. Paul who is at the time of this writing a prisoner who would have had ample opportunity to study the roman soldiers who would have been gaurding him. He has seen the armour that the soldiers would use in battle and knew that others would recognize the picture that he was using to describe the equipment used as they prepared to do battle. Again the physical armour of the roman soldier is used to describe the spiritual armour the believers needs to be fully equipped for battle! We began by looking at the belt of truth and noted it was put on before anything else. Truth is what God’s word is! Jesus is the living word. He says I am the way, the truth and the life. Before we can be equipped for battle in the spirtual realm we must first have Christ.
We talked last week about the breastplate of righteousness. We asked and answered questions concerning what the breastplate was, what it represented, and why it came second in our equipment. We began by noting that this is something we have already. If we have Christ, the belt, then we have righteousness imputed to us by God. We noted that the breastplate gaurded the vital organs especially the heart. It is God’s righteousness that gaurds our hearts against the attacks of the devil. We noted that the breastplate would be tied to, anchored to the belt. Just as righteousness is tied to Christ! It is not self righteousness, but righteousness imputed and imparted from God. Imparted as God works through us by Christ in us! Ephesians 2:10 "10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them."
This week we will look at the third piece of equipment, the footware that is spoken of in verse 15. Lets read again verses 10-18, concentrating on the equipment we have already covered and adding this new piece in verse 15....
"10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;"