98. Sword

The End Time Men
W.W. Fischer
Scriptures Referenced in This Chapter:
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Eph. 6:17 π Heb. 4:12; 2nd π Rev. 1:16 π Rev. 2:16 π Rev. 19:15-21

“…The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ( Eph. 6:17; top )

This verse doesn’t completely explain the whole meaning of “the sword of the Spirit.” The sword of the Spirit is not the quoting of Scripture, nor the knowledge of the Bible. The sword of the Spirit is the word that proceeds out of God’s mouth – and sometimes ours, if we are completely surrendered to God’s holy purposes.

Heb. 4:12 says, “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.” (top)

How often have you heard this verse applied to the conditions of the Christian’s heart that need to be exposed and sifted to reveal our lusts that need to be purged and cleansed?

“Repent, or else I will come unto you (the Church) quickly and will fight against you (the Church) with the sword of My mouth.” ( Rev. 2:16; top )

The “word, word” people have claimed that the Bible is their sword and that they can use it whenever they wish and for whatever the situation. There is an element of truth in that, however it conveniently bypasses a much greater truth.

The Spirit behind the Bible is the Spirit of truth and life, and to quote a Bible verse for one’s use to produce our desired end or to support our doctrine, void of the absolute divine direction of the living word (Jesus) which proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord is to misappropriate Scripture.

Christians readily use the first part of Heb. 4:12 (top), but rarely expose themselves to the last part, which allows the Spirit of life to cleanse the inward man’s spirit so it is divided from all soulish influence. This transaction, when completed, produces a totally surrendered servant, dead to personal opinions, and allows the living word that comes out of the mouth of the Lord to flow as a sharp, two-edged sword, to set the captives free from all the forces of darkness.

In Rev. 1:16 (top), the voice of the Son of God, as the sound of many waters, that controls the keys of hell and death, comes to judge the churches by the words of His mouth, which go out as a sharp two-edged sword. These utterances expose the Church world to their shortcomings and need for immediate repentance. Are we willing for this kind of a sword to expose our lukewarmness as individual believers, so our repentance would lead us to an obedient servant’s life? When this sword of the Spirit of God is allowed free course through our lives, then man-made revivals drop into obscurity as Almighty God Himself destroys the wickedness and darkness arrayed against His people.

The greatest battle of all times will be fought by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords by the words going forth out of His mouth, as a sharp sword to smite the nations of the world and bring them to utter subjection to the Almighty God of the universe. ( Rev. 19:15-21; top )

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