|THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
HIS GLORY REIGNS
Oct 24 2008 08:00AM
There is one thing that distinguishes the sword from the other five items that we have examined. The sword is the first
item that is not purely defensive. Without it, we have no way to drive off the Devil. If we put on all the other items of
equipment, we may be able to prevent the Devil from actually wounding us, but we cannot drive him from our presence.
The only thing in that list that can do that is the sword, which is called "the word of God" (Ephesians 6:17).
The Bible compares God's Word to a sword because God's Word pierces and penetrates. Hebrews 4:12 declares the
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." God's Word penetrates to every area of human personality. It penetrates to
the marrow, the very innermost part of the physical being. It also penetrates and divides between soul
and spirit, the innermost area of human personality. It is sharper than any double-edged sword.
In Revelation 1:16, where John had a vision of Jesus in His glory as the Lord of the church, one of the things that he
saw was a sword coming out of the mouth of Jesus.
countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength."
That sharp double-edged sword is the Word of God coming out of the mouth of Jesus. Since it is indicated in Scripture
that Jesus Himself uses the sword of the Word of God, we would do well to study just how Jesus used it in His earthly
life. The clearest picture of this is found in Matthew 4:1-11, which describes the temptation of Jesus by Satan in the
wilderness. Let me (Derek Prince) point out that every time Jesus encountered Satan personally, the only weapon He
used against him was the sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God.
THAT PROCEEDETH OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD."
ANGELS CHARGE CONCERNING THEE: and IN THEIR HANDS THEY SHALL BEAR THEE UP, LEST AT ANY
TIME THOU DASH THY FOOT AGAINST A STONE."
world, and the glory of them; "
THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE."
I (Derek Prince) would like to point out some interesting things about that passage. First, neither Jesus nor Satan even
questioned the authority of Scripture. Isn't that remarkable? In particular, Jesus quoted each time from the book of
Deuteronomy, the one book that has been singled out for attack by modern theologians and critics. Personally, I
believe Jesus and Satan were wiser than the modern theologians. They both knew the authority of those words.
Second, the basis of every temptation against Jesus was a temptation to doubt. Every time Satan began with the word
"if," he called something into doubt.
Third, as I have already indicated, Jesus did not vary His method of dealing with Satan, but always used the same
weapon of the Word of God against him. "It is written...It is written....It is also written."
It is significant that the Devil can quote Scripture, but he misapplies it. He quoted from Psalm 91, but Jesus quoted
again from Deuteronomy. The Devil tried to use Scripture against the Son of God. If he did it against Jesus, he might
do it against you or me. We must know Scripture thoroughly and we must know how to apply Scripture if we are going to
be able to handle the Devil. We must be careful of people who misapply Scripture and try to tempt us to do the wrong
Jesus did not answer the Devil with theology or religious affiliation. He did not tell which synagogue He attended or
which rabbi had taught Him. He always went straight to the Scripture. "It is written...It is written....It is also written." After
the third thrust of that sharp double-edged sword, Satan backed off; he had enough. You and I are given the privilege
of using the same weapon.
In Ephesians 6:17, where Paul spoke about the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, the Greek word he used for "word"
is rhema, which primarily means a spoken word. It is significant that the sword of the Spirit is not the Bible on the
bookshelf or on the nightstand. That does not scare the Devil. But when you take the Scripture in your mouth and
quote it directly, then it becomes the sword of the Spirit.
Notice also the significance of the phrase, "the sword of the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:17). This indicates cooperation
between the believer and the Holy Spirit. We must take the sword. The Holy Spirit will not do that for us. But when we
take the sword in faith, then the Holy Spirit gives us the power and the wisdom to use it.
Spiritual Warfare, by Derek Prince, Copyright 1987, Whitaker House.
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