This Sunday, August 7th, 2016, Pastor Duane White concluded our series, Armor Up, at The Bridge Church in Denton, Texas.
Armor Up: The Sword of the Spirit
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:10-13, NKJV)
This week Pastor Duane spoke about the last piece to the Armor of God, the Sword of the Spirit. The first thing to note about the Roman soldier sword was that is hung on the belt. The word of God must hang on the truth, which is Jesus, and His written word.
Over time, there were many different types of swords used by the Romans for many different purposes:
- The “Gladius” which was a massive two-handed sword that began with one-side sharp and the other dull, and then they became shorter and narrower.
- They also had swords used by infantry that were skinny and they were more like a fencing sword.
- There were also some that were shorter and narrower, and about seventeen to nineteen inches long.
- The “Machaira” which was a short sword, or a dagger. This could be like the seventeen to nineteen inches long swords or a dagger.
Why is this important? There are two words for “word” in greek. There is logos, which pertains to the written word, and rhema, which is the spoken word. Logos is the totality of what God has said, and rhema is a specific word that was within the word.
What is a “two-edged” sword? The Greek word “distomos” means two-edged, or two-mouthed.
How is the word of God “two-mouthed?” The first mouth is when God speaks it, and the second mouth is when we speak it. John got a revelation of Jesus being our example; He put the word in His mouth and defeated the enemy.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”(Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
God’s word in His mouth is like a one-edged sword, but His word in your mouth makes it a two-edged sword!
God’s word in your mouth is a dagger in the spirit. Speak the word and you are cutting the devil to pieces.
The final piece of armor for a Roman Soldier in not specifically mentioned in Ephesians. Most theologians acknowledge that there are seven pieces and Paul only specifically mentions six, so as you can imagine much debate has been made over this fact.
So what is the seventh piece of armor that appears to be left out? The lance or spear. The Roman soldier had more than one lance or spear at his disposal, and like the sword, it changed over the centuries.
So why didn’t he mention it? Well, Rick Renner, in his book Dressed To Kill states that he believes Paul did mention the spear. It is believed that Paul was thinking of the lance, or spear, when he said “praying always with all kinds of prayer and supplication” in Ephesians 6:18.
Prayer is vital to the spiritual life of any believer. Like the lance or spear, prayer is thrown out before you and hits the enemy before you even get close to him, and just as there are many types of spears, there are many types of prayers. There are individual prayers, and then there is corporate prayer, and you don’t pray the same way individually that you do corporately.
Here is a quick list of some different types or categories of prayers mentioned in the New Testament:
- Prayer of Consecration
- Prayer of Petition
- Prayer of Authority (Prayer of Faith)
- Prayer of Thanksgiving
- Prayer of Supplication
- Prayer of Intercession
- Praying in the Spirit
You have many weapons of prayer available to you, so let’s use them daily! It’s time to Armor Up and stay armored up! How many are ready to put on the whole Armor?
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