And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
In New Testament times, a rhomphaia was a large, broad sword used for swinging or striking. A machaira was a short dagger or saber used in close combat. The “sword of the Spirit” referred to by Paul in Ephesians 6:17 is the machaira.
There were also two words for word, as in “word of God.” They parallel, in a general way, the contrast between the two kinds of swords. Logos is a broad concept or reason or a lengthy discourse. A rhema is a spoken utterance or specifically focused writing. Think of logos as the Bible and rhema as a verse. Greek scholar W. E. Vine contrasts the two words: rhema, in Ephesians 6:17, doesn’t refer “to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in time of need.” When we commit the Bible to memory, we will always have a rhemain mind that the Spirit can remind us of to defeat the attacks of the devil.
By committing Scripture to memory, you will always be the victor in spiritual battles. Remember to take your swords into battle!
The Word of the Lord is…a sword to defend you. Thomas Brooks
The Armor of God: The Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 6:17)
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