Ephesians 6:17b “and the sword if the Spirit, which is the word of God”.
The Roman Gladius. A sword that was about the length of your fore arm. Not meant to be keeping you enemy at bay long a long sword. Nor meant to bash their brains in like the heavy bastard swords. It is light-weight for easy maneuverability and short to prevent the soldier from over extending his reach leaving himself exposed in battle. One who knows how to wield this sword would be like a surgeon and his scalpel, cutting away exactly where he intends to.
The word of God is our sword. We are told in Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of Soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Being “quick” means it is alive, it stands on its own and needs no defending. We use it to defend our position and the reason for our hope, 1 Peter 3:15. For offense we use the word of God to attack our enemy and lead others to a saving knowledge of Jesus.
Our command to train with it is found over in 2 Timothy 2:15 ” Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” These blogs are not meant to be that studying. A source of encouragement, thoughts to be further reviewed by all, and some help for the day.
The true soldier knows that everyday he is either using his weapon or is training with the weapon. His weapon is not for show and tell nor kept in a display case to keep it in “mint condition”. His weapon must become an extension of his own being and put to use. The Christian with his sword at the ready is able to go on offense against the devil and defense against his attacks. And having done all to stand, Ephesians 6:13.