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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.”

As you’ll recall when we first discussed the words of this verse, 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”. The words “symbol of honor or authority” caught my eye. In most military parades or ceremonies, it is the wearing of a sword that is one of the distinguishing features of an officer in dress uniform. I was a cadet officer at a military high school, and I remember wearing the saber with my dress uniform; I took great pride in making sure it was shined properly. I practiced to make sure I performed the proper motions with the sword (standing at attention, saluting, etc.) Also, in war or battle, the sword was the honorable symbol used to denote surrender (a conquered general offering his sword to the victorious general).

As I think about this analogy, I come to realize I’ve never seen an officer without his sword in his official capacity, just like I’ve never seen a preacher without his Bible in his official capacity. Remember, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” is our symbol of honor or authority. Like a sword, the Bible needs to be used by Christians today…read, studied, memorized, utilized. It doesn’t need to be a coffee table decoration, gathering dust. It is our weapon against the devil, and we need to know how to use it.

A sword mounted on a wall in display is just that…a display. It’s no longer an actively-used weapon. Don’t let your Bible be nothing more than a display.

Have a blessed day!

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