Thursday, August 27th, 2015
“And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Eph 6:17
The sword is an offensive weapon. The Roman sword was the atomic bomb of ancient warfare. It had a blade about 24 inches long which was sharp on both edges and pointed on the end. The design of this sword was important. A trained legionnaire could thrust and cut from any position so that he was never caught off balance. Opposing soldiers with larger swords had to get into a certain position to swing. The Roman soldier would duck, catch his opponents off balance and finish him off before he could crawl back for another swing. The Word of God is like that. It is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword. Heb 4:12 When we are trusting the Holy Spirit to teach us the Bible and help us use it against Satan’s deception, we are never out of position or knocked off balance by the attacks of Satan.
Most Christians have some vague concept of the power and authority of God’s Word (sword) but most cannot put their finger on just how He got His authority or how it relates to them. Personally, I can’t think of another truth that has been more foundational to my faith in the Gospel of the water and Spirit than the truth of Christ’s victorious defeat of Satan. It is impossible to appreciate our position of victory in Christ until we know how He won His victory over our three great enemies, the world, the flesh and the devil. There are three words that summarize Christ’s acquisition of authority for Himself and us: baptized, crucified and resurrected.
Baptized – Through both the OT and NT, I was able to realize that the problem of all my sins was completely washed away as Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. I experienced for myself how all the sins in my heart were blotted out. It was for me that the Lord was baptized by John. I realized through the Gospel Word of the water and Spirit the Truth of salvation that enabled me to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Crucified – When Christ hung on the cross with my sins on Him, He was not only bearing my sins and its consequences of death but I was actually hanging on the cross with Him. This complete union with Christ is the incredible truth Paul wants me to fathom in the 6th chapter of Romans. When God poured out His unleashed wrath and judgment upon my sins, He not only judged Christ with the guilt of my sins but he judged me too. When Christ experienced the final sting of sin, death, I died too.
Resurrected – The defeat of Satan was sealed! With the resurrection of Jesus, Satan forever lost his authority over the humanity of Jesus and over everyone who claims union (baptism) with Him. Satan knows that he has no legal right to any ground the life of a true believer but if he can keep me from finding out this truth, he will have a field day in my life.
In conclusion, a believer who does not know and count upon his complete identification with Christ in His baptism, death and resurrection is a prime target for these clever attacks of Satan.
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