The full armor of God: the Good News of Peace

I have been out of town over the past week working at our children’s camp. There were 20 kids from our church and 5 counselors. All together, there were over 100 kids learning God’s Word. Since I was there, I was not able to write any new articles because of the business and the lack of internet. I have several articles to post about the lessons that I taught during camp. God really worked in a mighty way and out of our 20 kids, 5 of them chose to follow Christ.

Having written that, I would now like to post about the lesson that I am going to teach on Sunday morning during children’s church. Our previous lesson was on the breastplate of righteousness. God protects us when we walk in obedience to Him. The enemy knows that he cannot defeat us head on so he tries to set traps in the form of idols to turn us away from the Lord and expose our weak spots to his flaming arrows. Our job is to remain in the Word so that the Lord can show us where we are wrong, correct us, and keep us on the right path.

This lesson is all about peace. There is such a need for peace in this world. Ever since the fall of mankind into sin, we have been at war with each other. The root of our enmity with each other is the fact that we are enemies of God because of our sin nature. When we do not know God or walk in obedience to Him, we ultimately end up quarreling and fighting with each other because of our selfishness. When we are controlled by our selfish sin natures, we get jealous of each other and want to put them down in order to raise ourselves up. We desire peace yet do not know how to cause it. Our sin natures will not let peace reign. We need help and the Lord knows that and that is why He has done everything to make peace with us, sending His Son, sending His Word, and sending our peacemakers with the message of the Good News (Gospel) of peace.

I. We are God’s enemies because of our sin

In the book of Romans, Paul tells us why we cannot have peace with each other.

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Sonmuch more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5)

We are enemies with God because of our sin nature. We shake our fists in God’s face because we think that we can live our lives better with us in control instead of Him being in control. We want to do things our way instead of God’s way. This manifests in the way that we treat others, according to James:

What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members ? You lust and do not have ; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain ; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not askYou ask and do not receivebecause you ask with wrong motivesso that you may spend it on your pleasuresYou adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God ?Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4)

Our sin nature causes us to be controlled by sinful desires. Our sinful desires make us selfish in all that we do. When we are controlled by sin and selfish desires, we end up fighting and quarreling with the people around us. If you are not a friend of God then you are His enemy. If you are an enemy of God then this will be manifested in your relationships with others. There will never be peace as long as we are controlled by our sin nature. What’s the hope, the Good News for us?

II. God sent His Son, the message of peace

The second half of Paul’s verse in Romans 5 tells us the Good News, the message of hope that God has for us.

10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Sonmuch more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5)

God sent His Son to the earth to teach us how to live, to die on the cross to pay the price for our sins, to resurrect from the dead in order to break the power of our sin nature over us so that finally, we could be reconciled to God, becoming His friends instead of His enemies. Once we are reconciled with God, He also reconciles us to one another. We learn to be peacemakers, leading others to make peace with God and with each other.

The question that arises is, “if this is true, then why is there so little peace on earth?”. I believe that Paul gives us the answer in Romans 10.

But what does it say ? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart “-that is, the word of faith which we are preachingthat if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ; 10 for with the heart a person believesresulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confessesresulting in salvation11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek ; for the same Lord is Lord of allabounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed ? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard ? And how will they hear without a preacher ? 15 How will they preach unless they are sent ? Just as it is written, “HOW BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO BRING GOOD NEWS OF GOOD THINGS !” 16 However, they did not all heed the good news ; for Isaiah says, “LORDWHO HAS BELIEVED OUR REPORT ?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

The reason is that there are so many who have not heard of this Good News of peace. God wants to send those who have already made peace with Him to share the message with the enemies so that they can make peace with God and each other.

III. God sends us out as ambassadors

In Paul’s 2nd epistle to the church in Corinth, he explains that we as believers are ambassadors for Christ and we have a specific job to do every single day.

20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. (II Corinthians 5)

As believers, we are Christ’s representatives here on earth because the Lord is living in us and working through us to reach the world with the Good News of the Gospel. If we go back to the previous passage in Romans 10, I want to point out a few truths of what the ambassador is supposed to do. There is a clear order in the passage.

  1. It begins with the Word of God
  2. It must be taught or explained to you
  3. Someone must deliver the message to you
  4. You must understand the message
    • Jesus is Lord (Master)
    • God raised Christ from the dead
  5. Believe the message
  6. Confess Christ as Lord
  7. Receive God’s righteousness
  8. Receive salvation

If you have made peace with God, then you have put on the shoes of the Good News of peace and are ready to be sent to share it with others. Is this why you get out of bed every morning? It should be if you are a follower of Jesus Christ.

Are you ready to slip on the shoes of peace and go be an awesome ambassador for Christ everywhere that you go? What keeps you from it? Have you made peace with God? How are you treating the people around you, like the people in James 4 were treating each other? If you have made peace with God then your desire is now to extend that peace to the people around you. How are you accomplishing this task? May the Lord help us make peace with Him so that we can become His ambassadors, peacemakers to a hopeless world.

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