Take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The Spirit uses the word of God as his sword to defend us against the deceptive, dangerous, and destructive lies of Satan. The question is: What is the word of God Paul is referring to in Ephesians 6:17b?
Paul is referring back to Ephesians 1:13 when he said, "In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit..." In the context of Ephesians, the word of God is the word of truth, the gospel or good news of God's grace about salvation (see my blogs on this website about Ephesians and the good news of God's grace). The Spirit takes the truths of the good news of God's grace that have been freely given to us in Jesus and uses them to defend us against Satan's lies.
In defending us against the lies of Satan:
- the Spirit gives us assurance of our salvation (1:13-14).
- the Spirit give us wisdom and revelation so we can know the Father better (1:17).
- the Spirit enlightens us to the riches of God's grace (1:18).
- the Spirit gives us direct access to the Father (2:18).
- the Spirit lives in and strengthens us in our inner being so we may know the fullness of the love of Christ...filling us with the fulness of God's love (2:22; 3:14-19).
As we take up the truths of God's grace, which is the the word of God for us who live under the new covenant of grace (the word of God for Moses and the people of Israel was the Law - for us it is grace), the Spirit uses these truths to defend us against Satan's deceptive, dangerous, and destructive lies.
According to Ephesians, the word of God (the truths of grace) the Spirit uses to defend us are:
- we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing freely given to us in Christ by grace.
- we are loved, forgiven, and accepted children of the Father.
- we are members of the family of grace.
- God is loving, merciful, and kind to us.
- we have been made alive with Christ, raised with Christ, and seated with Christ in heaven.
- we are those whom are saved eternally by grace through faith.
- we are those whom God has prepared good works for us to walk in.
- we are light in the Lord, our lives have meaning and purpose...we no longing live in the darkness with no meaning and purpose.
- we are saints.
The Spirit takes these truths of grace and uses them as a sword to defend us against Satan's deceitful, dangerous, and destructive lies.
When Satan lies to you about who you are in and with Christ, take up the truths of grace and allow the Spirit to fight for you!
To read more about the truths of God's grace contained in Ephesians, click on EPHESIANS below.