God's Armor, Not Ours - Part 6 (Sword of the Spirit)
We have now come to examine The Sword of the Spirit. The verse in Ephesians 6:17 reads - "Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God." Since we have already dealt with the helmet of salvation, our focus will be on "the sword of the Spirit".
The previous pieces of armor - the helmet of salvation, breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, shoes of peace and shield of faith - have all been observed as mainly defensive or protective gear pieces of the Christian's faith-outfit. Now, the study turns to the believer in Christ stepping out in his/her faith and taking the active role of fighting the good fight as Paul charged Timothy in his first letter -"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." - 1 Timothy 6:12
Like I mentioned in the study on The Belt of Truth, I have heard sermons and teachings by pastors and teachers as they wave their Bible and claim "the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17) is our weapon. When researching the original Greek for "Word of God" here, the meaning is Rhema Word of God or the revealed, quickened Word of God that comes from being rooted or having your foundation in the Logos or Written and Spoken Word of God which is The Belt of Truth.
"What does the loinbelt represent in Ephesians 6? The written Word of God. Therefore, this tells us that most of the time the 'word from the Lord' we need will come directly out of the Bible - just as the Roman soldier's sword came right out of a scabbard that hung on his loinbelt. The loinblet and the sword were connected." (p.273)
"So do you need a special word from the Lord? Do you need a rhema, a 'sword of the Spirit'? This is how you get it: Make it a priority to read and study the Word of God, and your rhema will most likely be quickened to you as you walk in the Word." (p.273)
A word about receiving and giving Rhema or revealed words of God. In both receiving and giving a Rhema Word of God, the believer should be short, sweet and to the point. The beginning of many journeys with God in Scripture were called forth by a revealed word from the Lord that only took one to a few verses. People like Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Mary and Paul all received simple, succinct words by God. Mr. Renner elaborates on this point by stating -