"Wherefore 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Eph. 6:13-17
Second there is the RHEMA, the spoken Word. The significance of rhema (as distinct from logos) is exemplified in the command to take "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word (rhema) of God". Eph. 6:17 Here the reference is not only to the written Word but to the living, powerful Word of the Spirit that will speak through the soldier of Christ. Nothing at all can help us -nothing except the Word of God ...We do not mean the dead letter of the Bible only, but the living, Spirit Word of God, the Word that God speaks directly into our hearts. It is never in contrast to the Bible, but rather, when we read the Old or New Testament, something in our hearts starts to burn, and then God speaks the words of Jesus directly into our hearts. The dead letter kills; the Spirit brings life. (2 Cor. 3:6)
In Hebrews 4:12 there is another use of the Sword, "For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." In this place we become intimately acquainted with the Sword, to the point of either loving or hating it's work in our lives. If we yield ourselves to His Sword, we will be divided asunder. The Spirit will expose our sins, He will separate the precious from the vile, the corrupt from the incorrupt. And, if we embrace His fiery truth we will grow to appreciate the ministry of the sword as our lives are brought into greater subjection to Jesus Christ, and with His Sword He does battle to become the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords in our hearts!!!
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