The Sword of the Spirit?
from my journal notes 10.06.2012
The Sword of the Spirit? It is a weapon of our spiritual warfare. The sword of the Spirit is a metaphor. The sword of the Spirit is LIKE a sword used in battle in the natural. It is LIKE a natural sword, only, in some respects.
We see how this sword, of the Spirit, is to be used in Hebrews chapter 4: (specificly in verses 12-13). It is not a carnal weapon but rather a Spiritual weapon. The sword of the Spirit is used by the Spirit of God to "slice" (as it were) into the dark recesses of our wicked hearts ,to divide our soul and spirit, to separate, once again, as God did in the beginning of His natural creation, the darkness from the light.
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than
any two edged 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. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
This is a process and we are not to be troubled by any form of communication that tells us, falsely, that "the DAY" (full, noon, light) of Christ is at hand". Because the writer of 2nd Thessalonians tells us; " ...That "DAY" (full, noon, light) SHALL NOT COME until that "man of sin" is revealed. Him who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he, as God, sits (as it were) in the temple of God, showing himself that he IS God".
As Christians, we are NEW CREATIONS in Christ. We are the "Temple of God"!
Now, however, in the New Creation, in Christ; all the work of "creating" is done down in our flesh even unto the joints and marrow of the darkest recesses of our flesh. This is in order to bare us naked in His sight and thereby expose the darkness within us to the light or brightness of His coming or his appearing within us. In other words; to reveal that man of sin, or our fleshly sin nature which opposes and exalts our dark nature above the rule of God that has been provided for us, in Christ.
As in the natural, when spiritual darkness is exposed to light, it is consumed.
2Peter 1:19 ( KJV) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Peter 1:19(CEV) All of this makes us even more certain that what the prophetssaid is true. So you should pay close attention to their message, as you would to a lamp shining in some dark place. You must keep on paying attention until daylight comes and the morning star rises in your hearts.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
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