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THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD

An Expository Sermon Series By
Warren W. Wierdsbe, B.A., M.A., Ed.D, Ph.D, LL.D, D.Min

My brothers and sisters, and those who hope to become True Christians™, Spiritual Warfare is what we have inherited when we were chosen and Saved™ by God. I plan to work through the sixth chapter of Ephesians to hopefully explain what it is we need to fight the good fight. This will require a series of sermons, first an overview of the concept, then an introduction dealing with the entire chapter, then an item-by-item exposition of the "whole armor of God." In other words, I plan to explain each piece of the "whole armor of God" and its place in a True Christian's™ life. How do we use the "whole armor of God?" What makes up the "whole armor of God?" What will we gain with the "whole armor of God?

Introduction

Ephesians 6 (AV1611 King James Bible)

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10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For 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.
13Wherefore 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.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Now the first thing we have to learn about when studying God’s Word is finding the proper context for what we are reading. As we know, “a text without a context is a pretext!” Also, when we see a “therefore,” we have to see what it’s there for! So with the word “finally,” it’s important to see what went before, which are admonitions Paul is giving to the saints at Ephesus.

Verses 1-3 admonish children to honor their parents, and fathers to raise their children right.

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1Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
Here we have an excellent description not only of what is expected of children, but of the promise of God: the only way you are going to survive childhood is to straighten up! Many times I heard my Godly father tell me as a young snot-nosed pup, “I brought you into this world, and I can take you out!” I deeply appreciate what he taught me in those days with the strap when I was young, and whatever he could lay his hands on as I got big enough to pose a bit of a threat. When I came to Jesus and He changed my life forever, I went and thanked my father for his strict upbringing, and for not actually taking me out.
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4And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
How does one provoke his children to wrath? Is it by being to hard on them? By requiring that they do right? No, I’ve never seen a rebellious youth remain that way who had had the rod applied liberally when they were young. Fathers provoke their children to wrath by coddling them, letting them think they can have things their own way, or by giving them too much support. Life is hard, and children need to be taught that it is.

The next admonition is to servants (slaves):

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5Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
In the first century, there was a real problem with the growth of the early True Baptist Church™. Husbands were being Saved™ while wives were not, wives were being Saved™ while husbands were not, and slaves were coming to Christ who were owned by unsaved slaveholders. Many times, when these slaves heard things like “the truth shall set you free,” they assumed that God meant them to be free from their owner, or would many times refuse orders from their masters because they believed they had a greater Master, in Heaven.

Paul is telling them in no uncertain terms, that they are to remain obedient to their masters, Saved™ or unsaved, as they would be toward Christ! This pretty much proves that the abolition movement in America was not from God, but from the Devil! Encouraging slaves to run from their slaveholders has no basis in the Bible!

For True Christian™ masters, the admonition is to do good to one’s slaves (not FREE them!) and not to threaten them. In other words, threatening is a proof of lack of control. How many parents have you heard tell unruly children, “Wait until we get home!” Why do they threaten? Because the children are in control. If the parents were in control, there would be no threat, just instant correction from the back of the hand. So do not threaten your slaves. Beat them. We can’t train a dog or any other animal with threats. There must be rewards and punishments. So don’t think you can train your slaves with threats.

All of these things lead up to the admonition God gives to the Ephesians through his meat puppet Paul:

Put on the "whole armor of God" to make you strong enough to stand in the world. The "whole armor of God will make you strong enough to stand against the Devil. The "whole armor of God will make you strong enough to stand, young person, against the temptations of popular culture with its emphasis on sex! Strong enough to stand, children, against the evils of the public schools and “Heather has Two Mommies!” Strong enough to stand, young parents, against the temptations to love your children too much, so that you cannot be the Godly example for them!

Put on the "whole armor of God," so that you, too, may become a True Christian™ and enjoy all that there is to learn about God and His Favorite Church Landover Baptist! Put it on to make you strong enough to stand against the liberals who call themselves Christians but are not: Liberty Baptist Church and “University,” and Bob Jones “University” being two of the most egregious offenders here. Young people, come to Landover Baptist University for the Saved™ instead of some God-hating lieberal school like those!

Over the next few messages, we will be studying more closely what the whole armour of God is, how it works, and how without even one piece, the whole thing fails. We will discuss how men and women can each make this armour their own so they can be True Christians™ in every sense of the word!

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Default Spiritual Warfare: The Whole Armor of God: Why We Need It

Ephesians 6 (AV1611 King James Bible)


10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

So finally, God’s Meat Puppet Paul gets to his point: God is encouraging the Ephesian church members to be “strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might,” or, as we would say, to become True Christians™ and unable to sin. So many who call themselves Christians continually fail to make the grade, to overcome sin and temptation and the devil and never become True Christians™, it would be a saddening thing if we did not know that all the true Elect will become True Christians™. But we keep preaching the truth, knowing that God knows his sheep, and His sheep know Him. (John 10:14-16)

11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Why is God telling us about armour (armor) here? During this part in his life, Paul was a prisoner of Rome. It was a unique method of imprisonment, since as a Roman citizen he couldn’t really be locked up unless he had done something serious. No, instead he was chained to a Roman soldier 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In that situation, he became very familiar with what armor Roman soldiers wore, and God gave him a good illustration which makes a great sermon outline for us.

Next: Principalities and powers!

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Beloved in Christ,
As we go on thinking about our spiritual warfare, we have to know our enemies! Who is it that oppose us on all hands? Men? Liberals? Baby killers? No, believe it or not, they are only acting at the behest of agents of the Devil himself!

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12For 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.
Make no mistake, the struggle that folks have trying to become True Christians™ is not against any flesh and blood. We struggle against principalities, powers, and rulers of the darkness, and against spiritual wickedness in high places. What does this mean? Does it merely reiterate the previous verse? Of course not, else why have it in there? No, God is telling us through his meat puppet Paul what kinds of demonic presences we have to fight against.

Principalities




Powers




Rulers of Darkness



Spiritual wickedness in high places



These are not just different names for earthly powers. They are ranks of celestial beings, being fallen angels who serve Lucifer, the fallen great angel who is also known as Satan, the Deceiver, Morningstar, etc. Where demons afflict humans in our own sphere of influence, Principalities and Powers are set over entire geographical areas or nations. Rulers of Darkness are the next tier in the hierarchy, and spiritual wickedness in high places refers to that small echelon directly beneath Satan. Make no mistake! The warfare for God hangs in the balance!
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13Wherefore 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.
So stand in the Lord, but how? By putting on the whole armor of God, so you can stand against the wiles of the devil. Make no mistake, the devil, Satan, Lucifer, Beelzebub, the “angel of light” and his fallen angelic (demonic) hoards are wily. They are out to cause trouble in this life, and they will do if believers let them. Until you become a True Christian™, you cannot know peace from their tricks. So put on the whole armor of God to be strong.

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The Whole Armor of God: The Belt of Truth


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14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,
The very first article of armor that God mentions in Ephesians is the belt of the truth. To gird up one’s loins in the Bible meant to tuck the long tunic up into the belt so one was ready to run toward the fight. The “girt” is the belt. In Roman times it was large and designed to hold and protect the weapons and provide ease of movement. It was essential to the armor. Even so, the truth is essential to our armor.

So what is the truth with which we must tie our loins? Jesus Himself said,

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John 8:31-33
31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
So here’s a hint: you will know the truth if you continue in His Word…yes, the truth that is your belt is the AV1611 King James Bible! Now you might ask, why only the King James version? Doesn’t any translation contain the Word of God?

Be careful! What did you just read? “Contain?” “Contain” the Word of God? Let me ask you this—if the Bible “contains” the Word of God, what else does it “contain?” If the Bible “holds within it” the Word of God, then it ISN’T the Word of God. Because the container cannot be the same as that which it contains! So the Bible IS the Word of God.

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Why the King James Bible? Why the AV1611? Texts, Tranlators, Technique, and Theology!

Four main reasons:

1.Superior Original language Texts: In both the Old Testament and New Testament, the original language texts used by the translators were far superior to what we even have today. Were they the “original manuscripts?” Don’t be silly! They were copies of copies, but God preserved them specifically for this Bible in this time.

2.Superior translators: These men were not only learned, they were Godly! I quote from Dr. D.A. Waite (oh, how that man could alliterate!):
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The accomplishments of Lancelot Andrews. Let's mention Dr. Lancelot Andrews. He was certainly a superior KJV translator. He had mastered fifteen languages. Someone said that if Dr. Andrews had been present at the confusion of tongues at the tower of Babel, he could have served as interpreter general. I don't know any of the modern "translator/paraphrasers" who have mastered fifteen languages, do you? Send me their names, if you have proof of this.

The acumen of William Bedwell. How about Dr. William Bedwell? He was famed in Arabic learning. I don't know how many of these new men who are "translating/paraphrasing" for these modern versions and perversions who have studied as much of the Arabic language as he had. In fact, he published in quarto, an edition of the Epistles of St. John in Arabic with a Latin version. I don't know how many men today could do that. Dr. Bedwell left many Arabic manuscripts in the University of Cambridge, with numerous notes and a font of types for printing them. In fact, he wrote an Arabic lexicon, or dictionary, in three volumes. He also began a Persian dictionary which is among Archbishop Laud's manuscripts, still preserved in the Bodleian Library at Oxford today. I don't think anyone among our modern "translators/paraphrasers" of today has done this or could do this! Do you know any of these men who have written an Arabic dictionary and begun a Persian dictionary, or done anything similar in the scholarly world that will even come close to the accomplishments of William Bedwell? If so, send me their names and the proof. In our day, many people watch too much television. They attend too many football games, baseball games. and basketball games. We are ignoramuses today compared to the scholars who gave us our KJV!

The acceptability of Miles Smith. Look at the acceptability of Dr. Miles Smith. He was an expert in Hebrew, in Chaldee, in Syriac, and in Arabic. They were almost as familiar to him as his native tongue. Dr. Smith went through both the Greek and Latin church Fathers, making annotations on them all.

The activities of Henry Savile. Sir Henry Saville was proficient in both Greek and mathematics. He became tutor in these two subjects to Queen Elizabeth. I don't know how many queens or kings our modern "translators/paraphrasers" have tutored, do you? Saville translated the histories of Cornelius Tacitus and published the same with notes. He published, from the manuscripts, the writings of Bradwardin against Pelagius, the Writers of English History Subsequent to Bede, and Prelections on the Elements of Euclid. He was the first to edit the complete works of Chrysostom, the most famous of the Greek Fathers. He was a profound, and exact scholar.

The academics of John Bois. John Bois was expert in Hebrew as well as Greek. He studied at his father's knee. In fact, at the age of five, he had read the whole Bible IN HEBREW!! At the age of six, John Bois was able to write Hebrew in a clear and elegant style. If you know anything about the Hebrew letters, it's difficult to write in an elegant style, or in any style, for that matter. Much more could be said about John Bois.
3.Superior Technique: The translators were guided by God to use verbal and formal equivalence, not “dynamic.” In other words, they were moved by God to translate each word instead of trying to make sense of the phrase, thereby letting error creep in.

4.Superior Theology: This is a study in and of itself, but suffice to say that modern translations drop a great deal of theology, or change it.

Say what you will, the Authorized King James Bible of 1611 is all the Truth you will ever need. It’s your belt on which to hang every weapon. It’s what will make or break you! Learn your AV1611! Memorize great long passages of it! Bind it around yourself as you prepare for Spiritual warfare!

There's a great deal more to be said about why the King James Bible of 1611 is the only true Bible and the literal Word of God, but that's best saved for another series of sermons.

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The second portion of the True Christian’s™ armor mentioned is the “breastplate of righteousness.” Many types of armor breastplates have been used over the centuries. In Sparta, they were molded to the shape of the human form. We believe this is wrong because it shows the ideal human body and can put wrong thoughts into the minds of weak Christians. You can see from the breastplate on this warrior woman, how it emphasizes her naughtier bits, and covers little else. Little is left to one’s imagination as to what is in there. The second one shows an even briefer garment exposing disgusting, albeit well-toned, abdominal muscles. Her companion has even less on. Terrible. She is completely vulnerable to almost any attack from the devil, even to having her clothing ripped right from her body and having unspeakable things done to her body! She is completely unprotected because she has no breastplate.


The breastplate was the final protection for the soldier, and if all else failed, it had to prevent the arrow or sword from penetrating. In other words, if the breastplate failed, it meant the death of the soldier. There were no emergency rooms or antibiotics or surgical experts like today to take our valiant soldiers and patch them up so they can go on to live full lives except for the missing arms, legs, hands, feet, eyes, scalp, organs, or such. If the breastplate failed, the soldier would die, but usually very slowly and painfully.

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Note this breast plate is of righteousness. Righteousness means, “rightness,” or getting one’s self “right with God.” The most important organ in the chest is the heart. If the heart is broken, the life must end. God tells us how important the heart is. So get your heart right with God and keep it there!

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So if the breastplate of the True Christian's™ armor is the breastplate of righteousness, then how is that righteousness obtained? Let's look to that archetype of faith, Abraham.

Righteousness by faith—Abraham

Romans 4 (AV1611 King James Bible)


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1What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
2For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Now what belief was it that Abraham had in God? That He is perfect? Or that He is Holy? Or that He is omnipotent? Not at all! This most important Promise that God gave Abraham was that he would be able to father children! What a blessing from God to be able to partner with God in producing little Soldiers for Christ!
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13For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
16Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all,
17(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

18Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
(What can we say about this? God had already indicated that Sarah's usefulness was at an end because she was barren. And yet Abraham stayed with her. Why? If she couldn't make warriors for Christ [in anticipation of Him], what good was she? Yet he stayed...a mystery)
20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
(Abraham believed God’s Promise that he would be the father of many nations.)
22And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Wow! One hundred years old! What a miracle that Abraham believed God that he’d be able to get his faith up (this might be called God’s Viagra) and it was counted unto him for righteousness. The greatest thing about this was, apparently God’s Viagra opened things up for Abraham, and he was able to take more wives and bear more children even later in life!


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2And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.
Then, of course, God decided to have a little test for Abraham.

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1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
OH MY! God wanted Abraham to kill and burn the son of the promise. What was Abraham’s response? “God, you are a despot?” “No, God, that’s crazy, you must just be a voice in my head?” “I love my son?” No, he just did as he was told without a word.

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3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
And yet, from a life in which we saw such faith and obedience, what was counted to him for righteousness? That he believed God could help him in the bedroom!

And as Abraham got older, of course he had to dispose of the great wealth that God gives to all who follow Him, and he showed not only his righteousness but his Christian love:

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6But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.
Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac, discounting all his other sons, and all the sons of the concubines he had. This was because Isaac was his son of the promise! The one God promised Abraham he could make at 100 years old.

So righteousness comes not by works, not by something you can do, and not by anything anyone might tell you to do. It comes from believing God! Now even believing isn’t something you can do. That is God’s gift of grace. And works mean nothing with regard to righteousness. So don’t go out working to try to believe, or to try to attain righteousness. If you are a True Christian™, it will simply be there.

So what can we take from this? We already have this breastplate of righteousness, it’s already on you! God gave it to you, and nothing you can do will make that happen or make it go away! Be righteous! Believe God! Make lots of baby Christians!

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Dr. Warren, 'the warrior woman' depicted in the breastplate is New Zealand born unsaved trashy actress Lucy Lawless, best known for appearing as a lezbean in the blasphemous tv series 'Xena Warrior Princess'. The series promoted Greek paganism and feminazism. Lawless is now making an explicitly pornographic tv show called Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The following link is only for those strong in the Faith:
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Dr. Warren, 'the warrior woman' depicted in the breastplate is New Zealand born unsaved trashy actress Lucy Lawless, best known for appearing as a lezbean in the blasphemous tv series 'Xena Warrior Princess'. The series promoted Greek paganism and feminazism. Lawless is now making an explicitly pornographic tv show called Spartacus: Blood and Sand. The following link is only for those strong in the Faith:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment...awless-TV-show
Well I am just aghast. I knew there was something a bit off about that breastplate. Even her name brands her a profligate sinner....Lawless! So you think there was some hanky-panky-spanky going on on the set? Or just between the characters? Do you have video of something like that? Or just hearsay?

Well the important thing is that we True Christians™ have a real breastplate of righteousness. Thank you, Brother Bryan. I will have to be a bit more careful in my choice of illustrative photos.

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Well Dr. Warren,
to be frank the whole decadent tv series tend to aggravate my gag reflex - but if you google 'Xena' and 'pictures', there are plenty of photos of Lawless and her female co-star embracing each other and engaging in other forms of depravity ! The series is also freely available on dvd. Otherwise I like the thread as Ephesians Chapter 6 is one of my favourite parts of the New Testament.
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Ephesians 6 (AV1611 King James Bible)

13Wherefore 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.

14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Let’s look at this verse. So many preachers, without care for the perfect, inerrant nature of the King James Bible of 1611, fail to properly understand its import. I want all True Christians who hear this or read this sermon to understand exactly what is at stake here! I’ve heard sermons from so-called Christian preachers, going on and on about the “gospel of peace” and “good news to all” and other such tripe. The true meaning of this verse is very liberating to True Christians™.

To properly understand this verse, we need to go to the Textus Receptus from which the King James Bible was translated. So bear with me, please. For those of you who cannot read Greek, I have transliterated so you may read along.

και υποδησαμενοι τους ποδας εν ετοιμασια του ευαγγελιου της ειρηνης (TR)


καιυποδησαμενοι[kai hupodisamenoi] (υπο [hupo] among, by, from, in, of, under, with, and δησαμενοι [disamenoi] from δησαι [disai] to bind, be in bonds "having underbound the feet;" that is, having bound on the shoes, or sandals, or whatever was worn by the ancient soldier.)

τουςποδας [tous podas] (of the feet of all of you). Realize that these are your feet. (τους ποδας [tous podas], “the feet of you all or all y’all”). All of you must have your feet shod to fight. Some have mistakenly called these “greaves,” which were the shin armor that went from the top of the foot to the top of the knee for some Roman soldiers. But this verse isn’t talking about “greaves” or “shins.” It’s talking about sandals, or shoes, that undergird the foot to walk, march, or run to the fight. These don’t belong to Billy or Bobby or Someone or No One or Any One. “When I became a man, I put away childish things.” I now tie my own shoes. And so must you!

τουευαγγελιου [tou evangeliou] the Gospel or good news or glad tidings. This is important! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is always good news! We will come back to this.

τηςειρηνης[tis eirinis] of peace. So, the full, best translation is, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace.” Do you see the beauty and wisdom of the King James Bible? When you study the Textus Receptus, the best translation is always with the King James Bible!

Next: What do we mean by the "Gospel of Peace?"

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Ephesians 6
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

What does it mean, to wear the shoes of the preparation of the good news of peace? So many churches have gone off the track here over the centuries that it is just a travesty. “Salad Bar” Christians who want to take what is appealing and leave the rest, read this to say that the
”good news” is news that will bring peace to the world. Nothing could be further from the truth!

I said we’d get back to the “good news” of the Gospel. It’s good news for those who will hear it, because those who believe are those for whom Christ died. It’s good news for the bearers even when the hearers will not heed it, because it lets us know that some hard ground exists in which the seed may not take root.

2 Thessalonians 2

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11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord,because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

So the gospel is “good news” to those chosen from the beginning to be called, saved, and sanctified.

So why is it called the Gospel of Peace? Is it intended to bring peace with unbelievers, or peace to the international scene? Of course not! What did Jesus say about peace?

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34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
35For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
36And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
37He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
So it’s not that kind of peace that the Gospel brings. Some Godly commentator in the Geneva Bible said it this way:

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The preparation of the Gospel may be as it were shoes to you: and it is very fitly called the Gospel of peace, because, seeing we have to go to God through most dangerous ranks of enemies, this may encourage us to go on bravely, in that you know by the doctrine of the Gospel, that we are travelling to God who is at peace with us.—Geneva Bible notes


John Gill, the great expositor of the same church as Charles Spurgeon but from a hundred years before, put it this way:
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The Gospel is so called, because it makes men to be of peaceable tempers and behavior, and gives peace to distressed minds: it directs the way to eternal peace, and publishes peace made by the blood of Christ; and has a much better claim to this name, and epithet, than the law has, which is often called "peace" by the Jews and here it designs a firm and solid knowledge of the Gospel, as it publishes peace by Jesus Christ, which yields a sure foundation for the Christian soldier to set his foot upon, and stand fast on; it being that to him, as the shoe is to the foot, its base or foundation: and for the feet to be "shod with" it designs the constant and firm standing of believers in the faith of the Gospel, and so striving and contending for it, without being moved from it, that it may continue with them.
To all who read these words…this is exactly what Landover Baptist Church and its pastors are vilified for all over the interwebs! For having their feet shod and contending for the Gospel!

May God grant to each of you the grace and will to have your feet shod with the preparation of the “gospel of peace,” in other words, that God has chosen you from the foundations of the earth, and any not so chosen will spend an eternity in hell because God causes them to believe a lie.

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16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
επι πασιν αναλαβοντες τον θυρεον της πιστεως εν ω δυνησεσθε παντα τα βελη του πονηρου τα πεπυρωμενα σβεσαι

Once again, not only has the King James Bible perfectly translated the text, it has also proven to ring like poetry, resonating with the soul of the reader.

τον θυρεον-
"The Shield"--There were several types of shields commonly seen in Roman times, and many folks walk around with the mistaken notion that this is speaking of the "Spartacus"-type shield shown below. Nothing could be further from the truth. This word originally came from "door," meaning a large stone placed over the opening of a grave. In the New Testament, it came to mean the tall, door-shaped shield which the soldier could hide behind. The shield that Paul had in mind here is not the small, round buckler, but the oblong, door-like shield, measuring 4' x 2 ', curved to the shape of the body and carried by the Greek and Roman soldiers, as also seen below. When placed side-by-side for the front rank, and held overhead together (for those behind), these large shields formed a wall behind which a body of troops could hide themselves from the rain of the enemy's arrows.

These military shields were made of wood, covered on the outside with thick leather, which not only deadened the shock of the arrow, but protected the frame of the shield from the fire-tipped darts used in the artillery of the enemy.

Have you ever been told that you are "hiding behind your faith?" Especially when dealing with the lies of the aborticiders and evolutionists? I pray to God that more True Christians will "hide behind their faith!" What need do you have of arguments, or logic, or evidence? God said it, we win!


The funny thing is, the shield was not only a defensive weapon. In close combat, it could be used to knock the enemy off balance or even bludgeon them senseless! This is exactly what we must do with our faith! When some militant atheistic scientist challenges you to prove what you are saying without using the Bible, you must go on the offensive! "God said so (and quote the relavent King James passages), and that's that." Or you might hold your faith up and point out loudly and insistently how you are being persecuted for your faith. It's a sure way to knock the sinners off balance!
Do we need evidence? What is faith, anyway?

της πιστεως

"Of Faith"--What does the Bible say about faith? Anything at all? What is Faith?

We have already discussed Righteousness, and what it was that counted as righteousness, or "rightness" for
Abraham...and we know that it was his faith. How did we define that?

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3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.


επιστευσεν (episteusen)
"Believed"--This word is interesting in its construction. Technically it is a Verb in the third person (he or she) singular aorist (past snapshot, meaning it happened once). Abraham believed God. It only needed to happen once. He believed God and that belief was accounted to him as righteousness. Now the root word here is πιστις (pistis) which is translated throughout the King James Bible as "faith." So faith is believing God.

One of the greatest discussions of faith is found in Hebrews 11. I recommend every True Christian™ not only read this regularly, but commit it to memory.

Hebrews 11

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1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2For by it the elders obtained a good report.


(And it was counted unto him for Righteousness)

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3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.


(The only answer any True Christian needs for the Evolutionist! There was nothing, and God spoke it all into existence!)

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4By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.


So without faith it is impossible to please God, and what is faith? Believing in what you cannot see, believing in a hope! If you believe in dogs, what great thing is that, since you can see a dog? If you believe in a church, what great thing is that, since you can see a church and be a member of it? It is rooted in this world and you can see it, touch it, know it. There is no value in believing what can be proven!

Faith is not believing in the manner of "I believe I'll have more pie." Nor is it belief in the manner of "I believe that Barack Obama is a Musliim born in Africa." The first is no more than an opinion, an appetite. The second can easily be proven or disproven.

The value of faith, without which it is impossible to please God, is in believing in that which can never be proven! So why do you need arguments? Why do you need "creation science?" God said He created the world in seven days, about 6,000 years ago (counting all the generations and historical events recorded in God's Word). Why do you feel the need to try to prove it? If you can prove it, it no longer requires faith, which then makes it impossible to please God. If we say we believe in the fall of Jericho, that is faith. If archeology proves it happened, it no longer requires faith. So the only subject of faith that pleases God is that which defies reason, which contradicts rational thought, which denies the natural laws which govern our world.

The only faith that can please God, my beloved in Christ, is that which makes no sense in the earthly sense of the word. In other words, the truth of God is nonsense to man.

2 Timothy 3

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1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.




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20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,


And so on and so forth. Do not cling to reason. Do not cling to facts, or evidence, or reason, or sensibility.
Take your shield of faith. Hold it high, hide behind it, use it to bludgeon the enemy into submission! Thank God for that gift of faith!

In Christ,
Warren
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