Posted by: bshelley | May 1, 2009

A Sword in the Hand is Worth Two in the Sheath


Today’s Verse: Ephesians 6:17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. NASB

We have been studying the Armor of God in Ephesians 6 for the last weeks on Wednesday nights. This week was the Sword of the Spirit. Paul does not leave us to wonder how he means this as he immediately adds that his reference is to God’s word. As Christians, we hold God’s word in high regard. For those outside the faith, they are frankly not so sure what we have in our hands is not some human device assimilated by religious zealots to control their lives and ruin all the fun. Many rationalize that errors have been introduced over time and compounded as each new “translation” makes its appearance. Of course, for Bible scholars that is about as far from the truth as one can get. In fact, we have over 5000 manuscripts and scripture fragments from very near the time of their initial writing. Those are the reference point for good translations like the New American Standard version which is judged by all to be the most literal to the original Greek and Hebrew. With very little effort, anyone can discover that the Bible in our hands today is accurate to what was written all those years ago. The question is will people be honest and accept the facts. And beyond that, will they believe the witness that what they are reading is God’s very words? For Christians, we need to walk about with our Bibles drawn and in use. All those who sacrificed their very lives that we might have the scriptures accurately in front of us today will have wasted their efforts if we leave our swords in their sheaths.

May God bless your heart as you seek His.



  1. You are so right, Bryan! What good is the power of God’s word if we never open up the Scriptures and read of the truth?

    It is hard to comprehend that John Tyndale was burned at the stake for translating the New Testament into English so that all could read of God’s truth and yet so few of us make the effort to do so! How sad is that?

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