Ephesians 6:11-13 (KJV)
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil..12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
What is the armor of God? Why is the Sword of the Spirit important? Why should we know about this?
In Ephesians 6:12, the Bible tells us why we need the armor of God, and the Sword of the Spirit in particular.
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
According to this verse, we need the armor of God to fight against the evils of this world.
What is the Sword of the Spirit?
Ephesians 6:17 (KJV)
…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
1 John 2:14 (KJV)
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)
All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
So, the Sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. The word of God is the Bible. And, according to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, we can use it for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, to overcome Satan, and instruction in righteousness. This implies that the Sword of the Spirit, and all the other pieces in the armor of God, are vital in our personal war with evil. But most importantly, we can use it to protect ourselves from the temptation of Satan.
The Power of the Word of God
Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The Sword of the Spirit is more powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword. It is the word of God that created the earth. It is certainly powerful.
1 Peter 1:23-25 (KJV)
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
This verse shows that the word of God, or the Sword of the Spirit, endures forever. It never dies. Much like the love of God, the Sword is everlasting. Therefore, until the end, we are able to wield this Sword.
How Do We Use the Sword of the Spirit?
Matthew 4:1-4 (KJV)
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Jesus used the word of God to avoid the tempter’s temptation. And notice the bold.
Deuteronomy 8:3 (KJV)
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live.
Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3. He used the Word of God, or the Sword of the Spirit, in defending Himself from the temptation. We can do the same.
Psalm 119:11 (KJV)
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Matthew 4:5-7 (KJV)
Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Deuteronomy 6:16 (KJV)
Ye shall not tempt the Lord your God…
Again, Jesus quotes scripture in fending off temptation.
Matthew 4:8 -10 (KJV)
Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Deuteronomy 6:13 (KJV)
Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name.
Exodus 20:3 (KJV)
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Jesus uses the Sword of the Spirit a third time. And even Satan has to bow down to the word of God.
Matthew 4:11 (KJV)
Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Jesus could have used force to fight Satan. But He didn’t. But why didn’t He? If He had used force, Jesus wouldn’t have been bothered by Satan three times. However, He used the Sword of the Spirit. That is a lesson for all of us. That the word of God is the best weapon to use when we fight against temptation.
How to Keep the Sword Sharp
2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Acts 20:35 (KJV)
I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
John 15:20 (KJV)
Remember the word that I said unto you…
The Sword of the Spirit is indeed important, powerful, and very useful when fighting temptation. How do we equip the Sword? By knowing God’s word and keeping a strong relationship with Him.