“Hand Me My Two-Edged Sword”

As I reached into the backseat for our Bibles, after parking the car for a Bible study at church the other night, my 16 year old son in his deepest possible, warrior voice says to me:

“Hand me my two-edged sword.”

We both laughed. It was a funny moment.

If you think about it, the Bible is the most powerful weapon we (Christians) could possibly wield in a fallen world:
Hebrews 4:12 
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Nothing can do what scripture does:
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

It is our sustenance:
Matthew 4:4
“But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”

It is the source by which everything exists:
Hebrews 11:3
“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”

It identifies our Lord:
Revelation 19:13
“He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”

It is equated with our Lord:
John 1:1
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

It is never to be used carelessly:
2 Timothy 2:15
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”

It is to be studied:
Acts 17:10-11
“The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.”

It is to be cherished and pondered:
Psalm 119:97
“O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day.”

It cleanses:
Ephesians 5:25-27
“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she would be holy and blameless.”

It is the means of salvation:
Romans 10:17
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

And… it completes our battledress… until Christ returns:
Ephesians 6:10-17
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

Godspeed, to the brethren!

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