Weilding the Sword© E. E. Perry 2001
"Take... the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17).
For Roman soldiers, marching into battle meant a face-to-face confrontation with their enemy. The skills they needed to use their swords could save their lives. The sword was the only piece of equipment that they could use for both offense and defense. The sword could deflect an enemy's blow or deal a deadly blow.
The Roman sword was not like the two-handed broadswords of the middle ages. Instead, the sword was about two feet in length, with a two inch wide blade. Being double-edged, the sword could cut in any direction the soldier swung. The sword's small size allowed the soldier to deploy it rapidly.
The Apostle Paul compares the word of God to such a sword. Hebrews 4:12 says:
In order for a soldier to use a weapon effectively, he first needs to train with the weapon. As new recruits in the Army, we were not handed an M-16 and told to go out and shoot it. We received classes on the weapon: its capabilities, pieces and parts, and how to use it effectively. In the same manner, a Christian needs to know how to use the word of God. Without it, he will be weaponless and soon overtaken by the enemy.
Three Steps to Arming Yourself with the Sword of the Spirit
Hiding God's word in our hearts does not mean keeping it secret. The Hebrew actually implies cherishing. God's word should become a part of us, and it can only become a part of us when we memorize and meditate on it: consider what God has to say to us through His word.
A life that is lead by God's word shines on other people, and they see the difference in our lives. In 1 Peter 3:1-4, we see an example of this. Peter is talking to wives whose husbands are not believers. Their actions speak volumes, and Peter even suggest that the husband can be won over without words. When they see the actions and attitude of a Christian lead by God's word, they know something is different and can be won to the faith without even a word.
The Apostle James wrote:
Christian soldiers, I urge you to take up the sword of the Spirit, and learn to use it. Know it, let it guide you, and obey it. Take up the sword. It is your greatest weapon against an onslaught of evil.
Unless otherwise noted all scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.
*The Living Bible copyright © 1971 by Tyndale House Publishers.
| Return to Soldiers of the Cross Index | Return to Main Page | Are You Ready? |