Bible Study: The Sword of the Spirit
Portions of this study are taken from Sparkling Gems of the Greek:
by Rick Renner.
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These are the questions that so many Christians are asking? And the answer to all of these is found in Scripture.
The Doomsday Weapon!
How would you like God to give you a weapon that can rip to shreds the devil's strategies against you? Call it a doomsday weapon for the devil and his minions!
Well, that's exactly what He has done! Ephesians 6:17 declares that God has given you "...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God"!
Historically, we know that there were various types of swords used by the Roman army during New Testament times. For instance, there was a huge double-banded sword. This was a sword so massive that it could only be utilized with the use of two hands. This sword could not be used in real combat because it was too huge. Instead, it was used during sword practice sessions because it helped develop stronger muscles as soldiers swung it against a post that represented an enemy.
There was also a long sword that was used for fighting in a battle, similar to the sword we are familiar with today. This sword was very effective in battle, but it more often wounded the enemy than it killed him. Because it was long, it was most often swung at an enemy from the side, thus scraping or cutting a gouge into the side or limbs of an adversary.
What About My Sword?
The Word of God:
The term "Word" is taken from the Greek word 'rhema', which describes something that is spoken clearly and vividly, in unmistakable terms and in undeniable language. In the New Testament, the word 'rhema' carries the idea of a 'quickened word'.
Here's an example of a 'rhema' or a 'quickened word':
There are many examples of God giving someone this kind of quickened word in the Bible, but the best example is when Jesus is being tempted by the devil in the wilderness. Over and over again, the devil tempted and tested Jesus. But with each temptation, a scripture was quickened inside Jesus, and He would speak forth that scripture to the devil, brandishing it like a sword against His enemy. Each time Jesus used a verse that the Spirit had quickened to Him, the sword of the Word dealt a serious blow to the enemy - causing the devil to eventually flee in defeat.
Why it's Important:
Because of the words 'machaira' and 'rhema', Ephesians 6:17 conveys this impression:
When you receive a 'rhema' from the Lord, the Holy Spirit drops a word or scripture into your heart, causing it to come alive supernaturally and impart special power and authority to you. This quickened word is so powerful that it is like a sword has been placed in your hands! That's why Paul calls it "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."
The next time you find yourself in close combat with the enemy, take the time to get quiet in your heart and listen. If necessary - get out your Bible and start reading, making sure to follow the leading of the Spirit as He guides you to the word that HE is trying to show you.
The Holy Spirit will then reach up from within your spirit and quicken to you the scripture that has the exact power you need for the situation you find yourself in at that moment. In other words, the Holy Spirit will give you a 'rhema' - a specific word for a specific time and a specific purpose.
When that happens, you have just received real "sword power" in the realm of the Spirit. It's time for you to insert, twist, and do damage to the devil. Then you can watch in jubilation as he hits the road and flees!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
From this day forward I boldly confess that I can hear the Holy Spirit's voice when He drops a word into my heart at the exact moment I need it. Those quickened words impart special power and authority to me. When I receive that kind of Word from Him I will use it with authority and do as much damage as I can to the devil and his forces and make them sorry that they ever messed with me!
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