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Ephesians 6:15; cf. Colossians 3:15

Ephesians 6:15; cf. Colossians 3:15

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I. Bible Passage

1. Stand firm, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness/firmness that comes from the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:14-15)

2. Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (cf. Colossians 3:15)

II. What is Satan trying to do to believers?

1. Make them believe in lies
2. Accuse believers of their failures

III. Paul teaches that the believers must have firm footedness (a metaphor for defense)

1. Without a cleat, a sportsman or soldier can easily slip and fall

2. The believers must fit their feet with the appropriate cleat

(a) To have traction on a soft and slippery space
(b) To be unmoved and to have confidence
(c) That the believers will not be knocked down (constantly) by Satan
(d) Satan’s technique is to trip and make believers fall

(e) Two ways Satan causes believers to fall

(e1) First, about their relationship with the Father
(e2) Second, about handing life-situations

IV. Paul teaches that “the good news of peace” provides (genitive of production/origin)

1. To a believer “the gospel of peace” provides firm footedness
2. In other words, “the gospel of peace” equips a believer to resist Satan when he attacks a believer’s relationship with the Father and about handling life-situations

V. What does Paul mean by “the gospel of peace”?

1. The term “gospel” has at least three shades of meaning:

(a) Good news (simple)
(b) The books dealing with the life and works of Jesus
(c) The Good News to sinful human being from the Father
(d) The last one (i.e., point c), is what is meant here, but it does not mean “announcing to others”

2. “The Gospel” is the news that is too good to be true

3. The “too good to be true” news is that there is peace between God and them—absence of hostility (no more alienation!)

4. The “too good to be true” news is that God will provide for them, protect them, forgive them, and restore them

5. The believers do not generate this peace daily, but it is already established (it is too good to be true) as is recorded in Ephesians (2:15-16; 11-22)

6. Paul says that the believers must learn to this armor (i.e., the peace)

7. Failure to use this armor: restlessness, anxiety, hopelessness, conflict, etc.,

VI. The believers need to keep this armor always fitted

1. Paul says that we must let the peace of Christ be in control in the believers’ heart (Colossians 3:15)

(a) Be in control of someone else’s activity by making a decision, be a judge

(b) No feeling “I am not good enough,” “Oh, God is not happy with me,” “Oh, I fell from God’s grace”

(c) The vertical peace is established by the Father through His Son, which is sustained by the mediatorial work of our Lord Jesus Christ

2. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; I do not give it to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage (John 14:27)

VII. Take Away

Learn to let “the too good to be true news” control/regulate your heart

Speaker: William J. Subash

Born and raised in south India, William J. Subash became a follower of Jesus Christ in 1983 at the age of nineteen. After a brief career in a tea and coffee plantation, Subash decided to spend rest of his life to preach about Jesus and his life-transforming message of God, which is popularly known as “the Gospel.” Subash teaches New Testament Studies at two institutions: SAIACS in India and Liberty University Online, VA, USA. Currently, Subash serves as the chief point person for GROW Gospel Initiatives and the Lead Pastor of the Crossroad Church, Bangalore. Write to him at wjsubash@crossroadbangalore.org