Notes on Christian Warfare (18)

“Fighting the Good Fight”

The way, the truth and the life!

Shoes for your Feet  (Ephesians Chapter 6 Verses 10-20)

As a result of the gospel, you are now filled with gospel peace (Romans 5:1). Thus ready, eager to hit the road with the good news to others (Romans 1:15). But before you go you need some shoes on your feet, gospel shoes (v15). This readiness is not for an invasion, more for to stand, against the schemes of the evil one (v13). For the forces of hell are, not will be, loosed against us (v12). So we need to be prepared to stand and fight inspired by the gospel as a result of the objective peace we have with God through Christ (John 14:27). Which brings also the subjective peace (Philippians 4:7). The wrath of God has subsided, the blood of his Son Jesus has done its propitiating work (1John 2:2). Now God is with us (Romans 8:31). Now we are prepared for the battle, let it commence, with the experimental knowledge of the gospel we’re good to go. The enemy forces like a swarm locusts are closing in, in an ominous silence. We have two choices only, to flee before the enemy as chaff in the wind, or take hold of the courage instilled in us by the gospel, and stand. The readiness that is ours is because the gospel is not only the gospel of peace but of truth. The peace which is in our hearts reveals itself in our feet. How come, you say? Because we are now ready to carry the good news of the gospel to the world. Every single Christian is called to be a missionary. Not necessarily in a full-time capacity or abroad, on your own doorstep, neighbourhood. Wherever you be you should be carrying the gospel with you. For we carry with us the assurance that this gospel with its contents is reality, it is truth. If we don’t have the belt of truth on we’re lost before we start (v14a). The true gospel is peace and brings courage to our hearts. We have been reconciled to God, our quarrel with him is over. But it was the truth of the gospel that produced this, nothing else (Romans 3:23f). We ourselves were one time at war with God in our minds, our foolish hearts were darkened (Titus 3:3; Romans 8:7). There was a deep-seated hatred in us against God. But we heard the preaching of the gospel, God declared his terms of peace. The truth as it is in Jesus and the grace that justified us before God (1Peter 3:18).

The truth has fetched peace to our minds also. We are reconciled in ourselves. For Christ has spoken peace to us, has pacified and comforted our hearts and minds. It was to our advantage that he went away (John 16:7). Because it was as a result of the fulfillment of his work that this reconciliation is ours. Only that basis could God the Father apply the terms of peace to us. This peace God sends to us but only on the basis and on the account of the death of his beloved Son. This was the means God himself devised that he may be seen to the absolutely just and the justifier of ungodly sinners. God forgives, reconciles, but his justice remains intact. The death penalty has been exacted, not on us, but on Jesus. We go free. Now we are at one with God we are at one his people too. There can never be peace between the two seeds, the seed of the woman and the seed of the serpent. But by the gospel of peace, we now have a love for and a unity with the people of God (Psalm 133:1f). Only the gospel of truth can so knit together people in such a way. This is the effect of the gospel accepted powerfully, sincerely in faith. Outside of the truth of the gospel there is only fury, wrath, and darkness. It is the gospel of truth that sets us free.

(© James R Hamilton, written Summer, 2014)
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