Summary: What Did Paul Mean When He Wrote the words, “How Beautiful are the Feet of Those Who Bring Good News?”
What Did Paul Mean When HeWrote the words, “How Beautiful are the Feet of Those Who Bring Good News?”
In the skeptical world we live there are many descriptions that our media has for gospel preachers, but beautiful is certainly not one of them. Usually, the world thinks of gospel preachers as conniving, deceitful and manipulative people who seek to take advantage of the unsuspecting. In general the public has become increasingly cynical toward anyone who identifies themself as a gospel preacher. Some people think of gospel preachers as money-grubbing tele-evangelists who are out to swindle old widows out of meager savings accounts. Yet, the Bible has a solution for every problem. We only need to discover the true meaning of the beauty of the gospel and its author to appreciate the full wonder of Paul’s teaching in this passage. What did Paul the apostle really means when he wrote, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news?” Let us examine several aspects that will help people appreciate the value, worth and power of those who are involved in the preaching of the gospel.
1. The gospel is beautiful because of its author, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus is beautiful in His character, in His love and in the truth that He personified in every aspect of His life. As the words of the old song taught us about Jesus, “He is the lily of the valley, He is the bright and morning star. He is the fairest of ten thousands, everybody ought to know.” Christ authored the gospel so that the world could come out of the ugliness of their sin, depravation and bondage into a relationship with a God who is beautiful beyond description. A life of forgiveness, purpose and privilege is truly beautiful in all aspects. When one gains an intimate appreciation of the beauty of the Lord Jesus one is compelled to want to share His beautiful holiness, truth and joy to others who struggle through the mire of sin’s ugliness. It is truly beautiful to be around people who characterize the fruits of the gospel of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Only the gospel delivers people from the ugliness of hate, envy, jealousy, wrath, evil speaking, slander, divisions and immorality.
2. The gospel givers are beautiful because they take on the identity of Jesus Christ. We all tend to become more and more like the people we associate ourselves with. When we involve ourselves in the giving of the gospel we gain a closer identification with Jesus Christ. Those who identify with Christ are known by the beautiful service that they render to those who are suffering in the ugliness of sin’s self-destruction.
3. The feet of the gospel givers are considered beautiful because they bring a message of peace, hope and eternal life. Everything in this world is ultimately vain so those who bring the gospel offer deliverance from emptiness and meaninglessness. There is great delight when a sinner turns away from sin’s turmoil and pain. Many people may not recognize the beauty of gospel messengers at the time, but God delights in those who share the message of eternal life with a world that is dying in their sin.