Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Jesus asked His disciples;
“When I sent you out with no moneybag 
or knapsack 
or sandals, 
did you lack anything?” 
They said, “Nothing.”
"But now let the one who has a moneybag
take it, 
and likewise a knapsack. And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one."
~ Luke 22:35-36

"And take...the sword of the Spirit, 
which is the Word of God."
~ Ephesians 6:17

For the Word of God 
is living and active, 
sharper than any two-edged sword, 
piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, 
of joints and of marrow, 
and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
~ Hebrews 4:12

 "Is not My Word like fire," 
declares the LORD, 
"and like a hammer 
that breaks a rock in pieces?"
~ Jeremiah 23:29

"May the praise of God 
be in their mouths 
and a double-edged sword 
in their hands."
~ Psalm 149:6

O my friends, there is a battle to be fought. Don't let the devilish enemies of God (& of humankind) disarm & neuter you. Resist the popular practice of smiling religious do-gooders who purposely suppress the double-edged sword of the Law & gospel. 
The Word of God is sword of the Spirit with which all true disciples of Christ must furnish themselves. The missionary work of executing the purposes of God (on both His friends & His enemies) should always be accompanied with praise for Christ & offensive swordplay with His Word.
Remember, double-edged swords were made for piercing as well as for striking.
And so it is with the sword of the Spirit!

In his commentary on the double-edge sword of the Lord John Gill notes:
"One of its edges is the Law
which sharply reproves and menaces for sin, 
threatening with curses, condemnation, and death; 
and which, in the Spirit's hand, 
cuts deep into the hearts of men, 
lays open the corruption of their nature
and the swarms of sin which are in them.
It causes pain and grief, 
working wrath in the conscience. 
It wounds and kills, 
and is therefore called the letter that kills (2 Corinthians 3:6). 
The other edge is the Gospel
which cuts in pieces the best of men; 
all their works of righteousness... 
and it cuts down the worst in man, 
his sinful 
as well as his righteous
It teaches him to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts.
It is useful to refute errors, 
and defend truth. 
It is an instrument...
used by the Lord, 
as His power unto salvation.
It is a sword, 
but only effectual as it is the sword of the Spirit.
It is a part of the weapons of our warfare, 
and it is mighty, 
but only through God...
It should be in the hands of all the saints...
as well as in the hands of Gospel ministers, 
to withstand error, 
maintain truth, 
and repel the temptations of Satan.
Go forth, dear saints, in Jesus' Name, never forgetting that Jesus Christ is Himself
the WORD MADE FLESH. (John 1:4)
If we separate the Savior 
from His Spirit's saving means of the Law & gospel,
we fail to use the divine weaponry which He has provided for His mission,
suppressing the truth in unrighteousness. 
If you are ashamed of what He says in His Law & gospel, 
you are revealing that you are ashamed of Jesus. 
And, the Savior has given a fearful warning to those who are ashamed of Him & His Word in Mark 8:38 & Luke 9:26

"Let the high praises of God be in our mouths, 
while we wield the sword of the Word of God, 
with the shield of faith, 
in warfare with the world, 
the flesh, 
and the devil. 
The saints shall be more than conquerors over the enemies of their souls, 
through the blood of the Lamb and the Word of His testimony. 
The completing of this 
will be in the judgement of the great day. 
Then shall the judgement be executed. 
Behold Jesus, and His gospel church...
He and His people rejoice in each other; 
by their prayers and efforts they work with Him, 
while He goes forth in the chariots of salvation, 
conquering sinners by grace, 
or in chariots of vengeance, 
to destroy His enemies."
~ Matthew Henry 


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