What is the Bible?

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Those familiar words of the apostle Paul can be found embedded in the well-known “Spiritual Warfare” section of Ephesians 6:10-18, known also as “The Believer’s Armor.” There, we learn that this “Armor” consists of six pieces (with the last piece being “the sword” in verse 17).

Please follow the Apostle Paul’s words with me, in verses 13-17, 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. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,… Beloved, do you understand that we’re all living in a supernatural war-zone [24-7-365]. This is specifically why God has given us this Armor. Believers all too often forget this reality. Therefore, let us not forget that we have been given: a belt, a breastplate, shoes, a shield, a helmet, and a sword! And please take note; all of these pieces are functionally defensive, while the sword is our only offensive piece. So, we must stand firm each moment of everyday (Ephesians 6:10-12), both in 2014 and beyond: by both fighting and resisting the devil (1 Peter 5:8-11), by repelling his accusations (Revelation 12:10), by rejecting his lies (John 8:44), by running from our youthful lusts (2 Timothy 2:22), and by praying against his constant

 

temptations (Matthew 6:13). These “fiery darts” must be handled with a proper and expert handling of the totality of God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15). So then, we must always be on the offensive. We must always have our hand on our sheath. And our Lord is the supreme example of how we are to do this – that is, of how we are to fight this warfare. His outstanding example is best seen in His collision with the devil while He was being tempted in the Judean wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). No less than four times in those eleven verses does our Lord quote from the Old Testament to parry the tempter’s offerings (Three of those quotations come from the Book of Deuteronomy alone). Dear saint of God, we must always have our swords ready   and sharpened, to impale the “evil one” (remember, a sword is not for looking-sharp while being dressed in military-attire, but for fighting, defeating, and murdering sin, as well as for our aim to mortally-wound Satan [Matthew 12:29; Luke 10:18]).  So then, let us learn that we keep it sharp by remembering its origin is from heaven (Psalm 119:89), and is therefore, special revelation from God (Psalm 19:7-14). Secondly, that it’s God-breathed (Matthew 4:4; 2 Timothy 3:16-17), and lastly, that it’s pristine objective-truth (John 17:17). Therefore, because the Bible is from heaven, it cannot err. For a perfect and sinless God cannot produce an earthly erroneous document, but only an infallible and inerrant Word (John 10:35)! And we keep sharpening it, by craving it each day (1 Peter 2:2); by causing it to dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16); by treasuring it

 

in our hearts (Psalm 119:9-11); and by living a life of intercessory prayer (Ephesians 6:18, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints). Such a life is, growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18). What is the Bible? It’s a spiritual sword for our daily warfare as we fight hell itself (Matthew 16:18; 2 Corinthians 2:11)! O hear Paul, once again, on this warfare, For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5). Are you in this fight? Are you waging this warfare? Are you thinking this way? Are your thoughts being brought to obedience to Christ? Will you unsheathe your sword and use it? This perspective must be embraced or we will see the price of not doing so, For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live (Romans 8:13).

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