The final piece of the Armor of God is the Sword of the Spirit. Paul talks about it in Ephesians 6:17, which is one of the Scriptures on the Armor of God.
The following information was pulled from my sermon on Ephesians 6:17b, in which I discuss the Sword of the Spirit.
Despite what some people think and what some churches teach, the Sword is not the Spirit. Some people read this verse and think it says that the Sword is the Spirit. A better translation might be “The Sword from the Spirit is the Word of God.” Or “The Spiritual Sword which is the Word of God.”
This sword is not the Spirit, it is the Word of God. This sword is a spiritual sword—not a physical sword, and it comes from the Spirit, but it is the Word of God. It comes from the Spirit because the Spirit is the one who inspired the writers of Scripture to write what they did and to keep the Bible free from all errors. We read in this 2 Peter 1:21 and 2 Timothy 3:16.
So this final piece of armor is the Bible as it was inspired by the Holy Spirit.
But let me clarify further. You don’t have the sword simply by having or owning a Bible. It’s not—“Well, I’ve got my Bible, so I’ve got my sword.” Why not? Because of what the Greek says. When Biblical authors wanted to refer to the whole Bible, all of it’s parts and all of it’s books and all of it’s chapters and verses—all the teachings written down and recorded in the Bible—they used the Greek word logos.
Logos means “word” but when used of Scripture, it refers to all of the written Word of God, all of the Bible, in it’s entirety, as it is written down with pen and ink on the pages of Scripture. That is the logos.
But logos is not the Greek word Paul uses here. Instead, he uses the word rhema. Rhema, as used here, and in Ephesians 5:26, and elsewhere in Scripture, does not refer to the entire Bible in its written form. Instead, it refers to speaking individual verses and passages from the Bible.
Logos is the entire written Word. Rhema is when individual verses or passages from the Bible are spoken.
Maybe the verses have been memorized so you can recite them when needed, or maybe you know where the passages are so you can find them when needed. That is rhema. So with that in mind, it is as Harry Ironside has said: “The Bible is not the sword of the Spirit, it is the armory. There are thousands of swords in [the Bible] and every one of them is powerful and two-edged.”
If Paul meant that the Sword of the Spirit was the Bible—he would have used the word logos. But he didn’t. He used the word rhema, which shows us that the Sword of the Spirit is the individual verses and phrases and passages of the Bible which we can wield quickly in battle—which we can thrust and stab with force into a weak spot of the enemy.
So every time you memorize a verse or learn where it can be found in Scripture, you have added another sword to your arsenal. Every time you learn something new about a verse, you have sharpened the blades on that sword. Every time you learn a new way to apply a verse, you have become quicker and more deadly in using that sword. That is why so much practice is needed in correctly handling the Word of Truth.
To learn more about the Sword of the Spirit, see my sermon on Ephesians 6:17.
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