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Ephesians 6:17: “And take the HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

According to Merriam-Webster.com, “sword” means “a weapon (as a cutlass or rapier) with a long blade for cutting or thrusting that is often used as a symbol of honor or authority” “Spirit” has several definitions, but I like the first one best: “a supernatural being or essence…Holy Spirit…soul”. Holy Spirit and soul were synonyms on that definitions, I think.

The Strongest Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible states that “sword” occurs 448 times in the Bible (in its singular and plural forms). “Spirit” occurs 505 times as the root word “spirit”; 28 times as “spiritual”, 3 times as “spirituality”, and 46 times as the plural “spirits”. However, there are many references to the Holy Spirit as well as other spirits in the Bible. “Holy Spirit” actually has a separate mention in the concordance; unfortunately, I couldn’t locate the number of times “Holy Spirit” was mentioned, although it is included in the above word counts.

We come to the final piece of the armor of God, the sword of the Spirit. I have a Bible footnote that mentions that it is the only offensive weapon mentioned in the armor. There is an old football phrase states that “defense wins championships”. That may be true, but the score of a game is kept by the points on the scoreboard. The only way that the bulk of the points get on the scoreboard is usually by offensive means. God gives us protection and defense, but I don’t believe He wants us to just sit and “take it” from the devil. God wants us to tell others about Jesus, to spread the Good News, to go and make disciple makers.

We’ll talk more on that tomorrow.

Have a blessed day!

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