The Sandals of Peace (Part 1) – Gospel in Life

The Sandals of Peace (Part 1)

Tim Keller |  February 23, 1992

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  • Spiritual Warfare
Ephesians 6:10-20
RS 234-06

Ephesians 6:10–20

When we talk about spiritual strength, we’re really talking about the importance of relying on God’s protection to stand against wrong. This protection includes truth, righteousness, faith, salvation, and God’s word. It’s balancing our own efforts with God’s help, believing everything we need for a good life is found in Jesus Christ. We also discuss “zoe,” the special kind of life we have in Christ, and caution against the dangers of relying too much on rules (legalism) or being too passive (quietism) in our Christian walk.

1. What role did the shoes have?

Shoes were extremely important for soldiers, especially during the time of Alexander the Great. They needed shoes that would keep them from slipping, stand up to enemy traps and rough terrain, and still be light enough to move quickly. This combination of grip, durability, and lightness often played a key role in Alexander’s victories.

2. What do the shoes represent?

In Greek, there’s a word “hetoimasia,” which means readiness. This is what the gospel of peace symbolizes—it gets us ready to face life’s ups and downs. But to experience this peace and confidence, we must deal with our anger and defiance towards God. When we know we’re forgiven and on good terms with God, it gives us a sense of security and prepares us to receive the good things that come from being at peace with Him.



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