Sword of the Spirit
Ephesians 6:17 “… and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
As we near the end of learning about the pieces of spiritual armor we have been given, we see one of the deadliest weapons listed at the end. The sword of the spirit. Yes, the sword of the spirit which is the word of God. When you look at the Roman soldier’s armor and weapons, we come to find out that the sword Paul was talking about coming the Word of God too was one of the deadliest weapons a soldier had at his disposal. When you study the weapons of warfare a Roman Soldier would have used, carried into battle or had at his disposal, you would see that they actually had five different types of swords, used for a variety of purposes.
It wasn’t a one-sided, sharp, heavy sword that would need two hands to wield. It wasn’t the short dagger type sword, or even a long thing sword. It was a deadly, sharp two-edged sword with a curve at one end so it could do the most horrific, damage to ones enemy. This sword and the way it was used, would actually leave the enemy lying on the ground in a pool of his own blood and inwards. It may seem grotesque to some, but it is an excellent mental picture of how we can render the enemy of our soul, the devil, useless when we wield the Word of God.
5-Types of Swords
The first sword ~ The Gladius Sword was extremely heavy with a long blade. It was what some would call a “broad-shoulder” sword. It was the most aesthetically beautiful of all the swords, however because of its weight it was also the most awkward to use. In fact, because it was so heavy, a solider needed both hands to swing it with all his might. The gladius sword was also dull on one side and sharp on the other, which meant a soldier needed to be mindful which side they were swinging at their enemy with. Eventually, they stopped using this sword on the battle field after a major defeat.
The second sword a soldier had was considerably shorter and narrower. It was approximately 17 inches long and 2.5 inches wide making it considerably lighter than the gladius sword.
The third sword was considerably shorter than the second sword described above. In fact, it looked more like a dagger. It would have been carried in a hidden scabbard beneath a soldier’s outer coat. It was used to strike a mortal wound into the heart of the enemy attacker.
The fourth sword was mostly used by the cavalry instead of the sturdier blades used by the infantry. It was a long and slender sword. It resembled the kind of sword we would use for fencing today. This type of sword was readily used in combat because it would have been ineffective in a battle.
The fifth sword is what Paul had in mind when he was writing this passage of Scripture in Ephesians. We know this because of the Greek word Paul used, “machaira.” This weapon was brutal. It was 19 inches long and both sides of the blade were razor sharp. The tip of this sword was also turned upward causing the tip/point to be extremely deadly. This made it a much more dangerous sword than the other four. Because this sword was sharp on both sides and curved at the tip, it allowed the Roman Soldier to inflict a far worse wound. The idea was to thrust the sword firmly into the enemy and before withdrawing the sword the soldier would twist it before removing it. This wrenching, twisting, and thrusting from the double-edged sword would cause the inflicted persons guts to be ripped to shreds and spill out when the sword was removed.
The sword of the spirit is the word of God. Yes indeed the Word of God when spoken and used correctly can be as deadly and powerful at stopping the enemy as a machaira sword is. Scripture says:
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).
In the Greek language this phrase, “two-edged” is taken from, the word distomos. Di meaning two and stomos meaning one’s mouth.
Yes, just like the Roman Soldiers machaira sword, the Bible is two-edged and sharper than any steel edge could ever be. One sharpened edge of the Word of God is because “it initially proceeded from the mouth of God. The second edge of the sword is added when the Word of God proceeds out of your mouth!”
In Matthew 4, Jesus showed us just how to combat the enemy with a two-edged sword. At every turn the devil tempted Jesus and his reply was to quote the written Word of God. “IT IS WRITTEN!” Yes, God spoke it first and it was written. Then Jesus spoke it out loud to the enemy. Even when the devil quoted Scripture back (vs.6) saying, “it is written,” Jesus knew not to be deceived by the deception the enemy was throwing His way. How did he know what to respond and why didn’t He fall prey to the enemy’s twisting of Scripture? Because Jesus KNEW what was written in the entirety of Scripture.
After-all, John 1:1 tells us:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The belt of truth is what connects and holds all the other armor pieces in place. The shield and the sword are secured to the loinbelt so they are easily accessible and within reach at any moment. We cannot effectively silence the enemy or take him completely out without having the Truth of God and The Word of God. The belt of truth and the sword of the spirit are inseparable!
In order for us to utilize the Sword of the Spirit, we must read the Word of God. However, it’s not just enough to just read it, we must KNOW what it says, and we must believe it. We must mediate on it and get it past our heads and into our hearts.
Have you ever gone through a tough situation and the Holy Spirit drops a Scripture verse in your heart to encourage you?
Have you ever been reading the Bible and need to hear from God and a verse jumps off the page and ministers straight to your heart?
Has a friend ever been praying for you and then texted you a verse that speaks to what you are going through?
This is how we utilize the Sword of the Spirit to combat the tough situation. We begin to speak it out loud. We stand upon the truth of the Word of God and we silence the enemy.
Feeling discouraged, depressed, or under attack? Then ask the Holy Spirit to quicken a verse to your mind that you can begin to meditate on and speak out loud over your current situations and circumstances.
Please feel free to share in the comments what Scripture the Holy Spirit has quickened to your heart recently?
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I didn’t know about the five different types of swords that the Roman soldiers used. I always learn something new here, Debbie. As well as get encouraged to stay in the Word.
I didn’t either Lisa. It has been enlightening and fascinating to study the armor pieces.
This last year more than ever I understand how crucial a weapon the word of God is.
Me too, Lauren, me too! It is so very crucial.
God has been confirmed to me through your post something He has been speaking to me over the past couple of weeks. Thank you!
WOW, Thank you so much for sharing this, Elizabeth. I am so blessed to hear God has been speaking to you through the posts I have been writing. That is exciting. Blessings
So very interesting. Thanks for sharing this.