Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The Sword of the Spirit
The full verse, of course, is, "And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." Ephesians 6:17. Why are we to pick up a sword? In 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 and Ephesians 6:10-18, Paul talks about the warfare we fight ... a spiritual battle that darkness (Satan) wages against God and His children. He also talks about the armor we have available to us.
This spiritual battle is one that is beyond the realm of the carnal, or natural, world. Instead of cold, hard steel, our sword is the Word of God! The sword of the Spirit (much like the sword laying across the well used, taped up bible in the picture) is sharp and cuts; God wants to separate (cut) us from sin, so we are able to worship Him in spirit and in truth. The sword of God, His Word, is designed for us to live life abundantly, and in power. We are being set apart from this world to bear fruit.
The term "set apart" (hagiasmo, noun or hagios, adjective in Greek) means holiness or holy. The Word of God helps us to be holy by separating us from loving the world more than loving God! Hagios is also the word used for saint(s), which every believer is! We are saints because God separates us for His purpose.
What a wonderful gift! Enjoy your blessings!
See Romans 8:10-12, 2 Thessalonians 1:10, Ephesians 3:10-20, Hebrews 2:14-15 for more illumination.