Ephesians 6:17b - Christian Armor; The Word of God.

Ephesians 6:17b: Christian Armor; The Word of God.

Ephesians 6:17b (KJV) and the sword of the Spirit, which is the 
word of God: 


   There exists a world outside of our own - a world we cannot 
see, a spirit world where real battles are fought. When you became a 
Christian, you took a side against evil in this cosmic struggle - and you 
became a part of it.  
   The battle is not against enemies of flesh and blood. 
Instead, we battle the demons over whom Satan has control, the fallen 
angels who joined Satan in his rebellion and thus became perverted and 
evil. These are real and powerful beings, not mere fantasies, and 
believers must not underestimate them. What are their tactics? Demons can 
at times cause physical, psychological, and emotional turmoil. More 
often they seek ways to keep nonbelievers in unbelief and render 
believers ineffective through moral failings.  
   God does not leave us without protection and weapons, 
however. With this host of spiritual forces arrayed against us, we need 
God's full armor. Our enemy is powerful, but he is also a defeated 
foe. As you prepare to engage him in spiritual warfare, don't be 
intimidated by his influence. Use the full armor of God and stand together 
with other believers. [The One Year Bible for New Believers re 

We must depend on God's strength to defend against the attacks 
of Satan and his army. God has provided us with his power by 
filling us with his Holy Spirit. It is his Spirit that cloaks us with 
protection: the belt of truth, the body armor of righteousness, the shoes of 
the Good News, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the 
sword of the Spirit - God's Word. And as we fight spiritual battles, 
we must constantly rely on God's Spirit to guide us. And you don't 
have to fight alone. God's army - the church - is filled with God's 
Spirit as well, uniting us together against the mighty powers in 
this dark world.[One Year NLT SB re Eph. 6:10-17] 

The armor is Christ himself. Putting on the armor is equivalent 
to putting on Christ. The power of Christ is sufficient to stand 
against all evil and temptation that a believer will encounter [New 
Bible Companion] 


Sword of the Spirit. The other parts of the armor are defensive 
only, whereas this is both defensive and offensive. [SDA Bible 

The phrase of the Spirit means that the Holy Spirit is 
both the source of Gods word, and the one who gives effectiveness 
to its cutting edge (see John 16:8-11). [College Press NIV 

Word. It is with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, that 
the Christian cuts his way through all circumstances. [SDA Bible 


To the Christian armed for defense in battle, the apostle 
recommends only one weapon of attack; but it is enough, the sword of the 
Spirit, which is the word of God. It subdues and mortifies evil desires 
and blasphemous thoughts as they rise within; and answers unbelief 
and error as they assault from without. A single text, well 
understood, and rightly applied, at once destroys a temptation or an 
objection, and subdues the most formidable adversary Scripture-arguments 
are the most powerful arguments to repel temptation with. Christ 
himself resisted Satan's temptations with, It is written, . This, being hid in the heart, will preserve from sin , and will mortify and kill those lusts and corruptions that are 
latent there. (Matthew Henry's Commentary) 

A single text of Scripture is better to meet a temptation, than 
all the philosophy which the world contains. The tempter can reason, 
and reason plausibly too. But he cannot resist a direct and positive 
command of the Almighty. Had Eve adhered simply to the Word of God, and 
urged his command, without attempting to "reason" about it, she would 
have been safe. The Saviour , met the tempter with 
the Word of God, and he was foiled. So we shall be safe if we adhere 
to the simple declarations of the Bible, and oppose a temptation by 
a positive command of God. But, the moment we leave that, and 
begin to parley with sin, that moment we are gone. It is as if a man 
should throw away his sword, and use his naked hands only in meeting an 
adversary Temptation often assails us so suddenly that it checks all 
"reasoning;" but a text of Scripture will suffice to drive the tempter from 
us. (Barnes' Notes) 

These pieces of armor are for the believers protection; the 
sword of the Spirit and prayer are weapons for attacking Satans 
strongholds and defeating him. The Christian must fight spiritual enemies 
with spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:4), and the Word of God is the only 
sword we need. Gods sword has life and power (Heb. 4:12) and never 
grows dull. Christians conquer as they understand Gods Word, 
memorize it, and obey it. [Wiersbe Expository Outlines] 

   Why are the Scriptures described as a sword provided by the 
Holy Spirit? Quite simply, it is the Holy Spirit who has given us the 
Scriptures. They come altogether from Him. 
   It was the Holy Spirit who inspired men to write them: "Moved 
by the Holy Spirit, men spoke from God" (2Pt 1:21). Again in 2 
Timothy 3:16 we read: "All Scripture is inspired by God""a statement 
which assures us that the Scriptures come from the Holy Spirit. 
   The Bible is not a mere human document. The Holy Spirit 
breathed into men and inspired them to write the way they did. This does 
not mean that the people who wrote the Scriptures did so 
mechanically, in the way that a dictating machine would record someone's 
dictation. The Holy Spirit used their natural way of expression but gave 
them an additional ability to write without error. 
   It is vital, if you are to win the battle against Satan, that 
you not only see this truth but believe it. When you consider how 
powerful Satan is, you need something that is even more powerful. The 
Bible, the inspired Word of God, is your strength. 
   One step further"only the Holy Spirit can enable us truly 
to understand God's Word: "We have not received the spirit of the 
world, but the Spirit who is from God, in order to know what has been 
freely given to us by God" (1Co 2:12). Without the Holy Spirit, we 
would be no more able to understand the Scriptures than a blind man 
could judge a beauty contest. 
   Gracious Holy Spirit, just as You breathed into the Bible to 
give it its life and power, breathe also into my heart today so that 
I might know and understand its truth. I ask this in Jesus' name. 
Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re 
Deu. 11:18] 

   Christians who do not accept the authority of the Scriptures 
have no effective weapon with which to overcome Satan. It is as 
simple as that. If you are not certain that the Bible is the Word of 
God, if you do not believe that it is without error in all that it 
affirms, then you are like a soldier with a broken sword.  
   To use the sword of the Spirit effectively, we need to have 
as wide a knowledge of the Bible as possible. Let me take you back 
to Christ's encounter with Satan in the wilderness of temptation. 
When Satan advanced, Jesus took up the sword of the Spirit and knew 
exactly which particular Scriptures to use to rebut each of the three 
separate temptations of the Devil.  
   If we are to conquer Satan in the same way that Jesus 
conquered him, then we must know the Bible in its entirety. It is no good 
saying to the Devil: "The verse I want to use against you is somewhere 
in the Bible." You must quote it to him and quote it precisely.  
   You need a deep, intensive program of study if you are to 
become proficient in the use of the Scriptures against Satan. Decide 
right now to commit yourself to exploring the Bible more deeply and 
thoroughly than you have ever done before.  
   O Father, I see that the more I know of Your Word, the more 
effective I will be in resisting Satan. Show me how to go more deeply into 
the Scriptures than I have ever done before. In Jesus' name I pray. 
Amen. [Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes devotional re 
Acts 17:11] 


   The superbly crafted sword felt smooth and solid in my hands 
as I slowly drew it out of its protective scabbard. Wow! Whoever 
made this beauty certainly knew what they were doing. Perfection of 
heft and balance, flawless artisanry down to the smallest detail. 
Bright reflections of the morning light danced off the highly polished 
steel, dazzling my eyes. It was an exceptional work of art. With great 
care I gingerly fingered the razor-sharp edges, imagining how easily 
they would slice through bone and gristle. But being a man of peace, 
I can't imagine actually using it to do harm, though I can easily 
see why it's a weapon of choice for hand-to-hand combat. 
Fortunately, it's just a showpiece now, for ceremony and display. 
   But wait, there is a war going on - an intense and deadly 
serious one. The struggle is for my allegiance and yours. Will you turn 
your back on Jesus? Unless you maintain a fine sword and keep honing 
that edge daily, you are in mortal danger of compromising faith. Your 
personal sword of truth is your most important weapon for fighting this 
spiritual warfare. Knowing and living the truth found in God's Word is 
crucial. To survive the conflict, we must treasure truth. 
   Does anybody really care about truth anymore? In a study by 
Common Sense Media, nearly a quarter of middle and high school students 
surveyed didn't think that having notes on their cell phone was really 
cheating. One third had actually used them during tests and quizzes. 
Cheating on marriage vows, tax returns, government contracts, and the 
like seems to be the norm. Scientists falsify data. Employees steal 
from their employers. Shoplifting is epidemic and raises the cost of 
goods for all of us. The theft of music and software attracts much 
media attention. This world is awash in lies, deceit, and dishonesty - 
all started by that first lie in the garden: "You will not certainly 
die" (Gen. 3:4, NIV). 
   Jesus came to liberate us from the tyranny of lies and the 
distrust and broken relationships that result. God's Word, the sword of 
the spirit, is truth. He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the 
life. No one comes to the Father except through Me" (John 14:6, NKJV). 
Christians should love the truth, study the truth, memorize the truth, and 
live the truth. Without a sharp sword, we won't be able to separate 
truth from error. 
   Lord, has my sword lost its edge from inattention? Help me to 
keep it sharp through spending time in Your Word. [God of Wonders by 
David Steen] 


We take up the sword of the Spirit so that we can combat Satan's 
lies with Scripture's truth. [Life Principles SB By Charles Stanley] 


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