Many of the terrains the Roman solider traveled were rough. It would have been very difficult for him to remain standing had it not been for the spikes in his shoes. His shoes protected his feet from the sharp sticks and traps the enemy would set out to try to keep the army from marching forward.
The Greek word for “preparation” gives the impression of readiness and eagerness. Matthew Henry wrote about this passage and said:
“The preparation of the gospel of peace signifies a prepared and resolved frame of heart, to adhere to the gospel and abide by it, which will enable us to walk with a steady pace in the way of religion, notwithstanding the difficulties and dangers that may be in it. It is styled the gospel of peace because it brings all sorts of peace, peace with God, with ourselves, and with one another.”
The definitions of “peace” include “to be, become, or keep silent or quiet,” “a state of tranquility or quiet,” and “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.”
We receive peace from Christ.
- Isaiah was speaking of Christ in Isaiah 53:7 when he said, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”
- “But not in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace…and came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh” (Ephesians 2: 13-14, 17).
- “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David…to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:68-67, 79).
- “PeaceI leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let is be afraid” (John 14:27).
- And so many times Paul speaks of “the peace of God,” the “King of peace,” and “the Lord of peace.” (Romans 1:7; Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:16; Hebrews 7:2;
The devil brings chaos, strife, and restlessness.
- “There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked” (Isaiah 48:22).
- “But the wicked are life the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is not peace, saith my God, to the wicked” (Isaiah 57:20-21).
- Destruction cometh; and they shall seek peace, and there shall be none” (Ezekiel 7:25).
- “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear…The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace” (Isaiah 59:2, 8). Because the wicked do not know peace, it is very important we bring them the gospel of peace.
A strong threat to Satan’s power is when we are at peace with God. God’s peace gives us the ability to not be frightened and upset when trials and tribulations come. Satan loves to make us restless. In the end of day, he will use this restlessness he has created to raise up the anti-chirst (Revelation 13:1). Do we want to let the devil use us to work against God?
…and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:15)