You must be in fellowship prior to your Bible study, so that the spiritual information you receive can become a source, of blessing to your soul and produce spiritual growth.
15 And [kai] your feet [pous] shod [hupodeo] with [en] the preparation [hetoimasia]
of the gospel [euaggelion] of peace; [eirene] KJV-Interlinear
having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; NASB
Whole or complete armor, refers to the complete and covered protection of a soldier in battle.
In these verses there are described six pieces of armor in the spiritual battle dress of the believer.
Belt of truth;
Breastplate of righteousness;
Footwear of peace;
Shield of faith;
Helmet of salvation;
Sword of the Spirit.
Shod, 'hupodeo,' means to bind on, to put on. The feet are often used in the scriptures to symbolize the persons walk or journey through life, or ones day to day functions in ones coming and going activities.
And what are you to bind onto your feet, or better stated, what are you to bind to your daily activities, or again, what are you to bind to your journey through life?
You are to bind preparation to your life. Preparation, 'hetoimasia,' means to make ready, to prepare, to make plans, to train, to practice.
Therefore you are to bind readiness, to your daily activities for which you are to utilize throughout your entire life.
And what exactly is readiness?
The gospel of peace.
And is this a reference to the gospel of Christ or of the gospel of salvation? No.
Since you have presumably already believed in Christ and are therefore already saved, then you are not placing onto your feet or activity of life, the gospel of salvation. Salvation is a one-time faith expression by which you were saved when you believed in Christ.
And once saved, you no longer are concerned with the principle of salvation for yourself, your focus now is spiritual growth for spiritual maturity. And you learn and use doctrine in order to grow up in your spiritual life.
Therefore, gospel, 'euggelion,' which means a good message, a declaration, to declare.
And peace, 'eirene,' means to join, to prosper, to quiet, to rest, to set at one again.
The combination of the gospel which is the good news of the entire content of the Bible and the result of its being learned and spiritual growth resulting from that learning, results in an inner peace of spiritual maturity, which is the goal of growing up in the spiritual life.
Therefore, and thus far in this passage, you have the belt of truth or the content of the scriptures, bound tightly to you, in righteousness or in fellowship which is the place where you are to live your life, and then having bound that doctrine in fellowship to your daily walk or activities, you then possess an inner peace or a relaxed mental attitude.
This gives you poise and a calmness with which to face the various and many assaults from evil and the world, from which these battle dress articles provide you protection.
These clothing articles are worn on the outer pars of the body as far as the soldier is concerned, but the soldier of Christ, wears them within the soul. They are the inner fortress that protects against the outer worldly cosmos which hammers away day and night, in its attempt to derail your spiritual life and progress.
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Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.