Let’s look at the OFFENSIVE ARMOR we wear spiritually in this battle.
THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT SHOULD BE PART
OF OUR ARMOR FOR BATTLE
The "sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God," refers to the "machaira" of the Roman times. It was not a sword as we usually think. We think of a sword as one that one of the three musketeers would have used. This sword though was a short sword, a dagger, or like one of our knives. It was used in close combat.
God did not offer us a spear, to throw at the enemy 20 yards away. Nor did He offer us a bow and arrow, to shoot at the enemy on a hillside away from us. No! He gave us a short dagger, that we must march right up to the enemy and bravely use. We are to come face to face with the enemy. Not hiding in a foxhole, occasionally rising up to hurl a spear and then duck into safety again. We are to get into the battlefield, bravely confront the devil and his plans... and use the short dagger that the Lord has given us, i.e. the Word of God.
A sword is an offensive weapon. It is used to destroy the enemy, and bring him to surrender. Fighting with a sword is difficult and dangerous. It takes much practice. Yet, in spiritual sword fighting, many Christians are novices. Many have never attacked the enemy. Many don't know how to use the "sword. Many carry a sword they have seldom used. This is not how the Lord planned our attack.
What is this "sword?"
"...SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD..."
The "WORD" referred to here is the Greek word "rhema" and not the word "logos" that many have assumed it to be. Rhema denotes an utterance of God. Logos denotes the Word of God, i.e. the Bible. Rhema is the speaking of God through us, perhaps using God's Word, or by prophecy, by word of knowledge, or by inspiration.
It is surprising when we look to see how the word rhema is used in the Bible.
"BUT I SAY UNTO YOU, THAT EVERY IDLE WORD (rhema) THAT MEN SHALL SPEAK, THEY SHALL GIVE ACCOUNT THEREOF IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT."
Here the word, rhema, refers to the times when one may say: "God is saying... to you." Whenever a person of God speaks for God in this way, he or she must be very careful to be sure it is truly God speaking. For we shall someday have to account to God if it was not God speaking through us. Rhema is the uttering of God's message to someone.
"AND HE ANSWERED TO HIM NEVER A WORD (rhema)..."
Christ gave no message from God to him. It does not mean that Jesus did not speak at all. Rather, only that Jesus did not speak a rhema message from the Lord.
"PETER REMEMBERED THE WORD (rhema) OF JESUS, WHICH SAID UNTO HIM, 'BEFORE THE COCK CROW, THOU SHALT DENY ME THRICE...'"
This was not a quote from the Bible that Jesus spoke to Peter. A rhema word does not need to be a quote from the Bible. Here is was a message from God to Peter. Jesus spoke this rhema to Peter. So when we speak rhema, we are speaking a message from God through our lips.
"MARY SAID, BEHOLD THE HANDMAID OF THE LORD; BE IT UNTO ME ACCORDING TO THEY WORD (rhema)..."
This rhema was an utterance from God spoken by Gabriel.
"FOR HE WHOM GOD HATH SENT SPEAKETH THE WORDS (rhema) OF GOD; FOR GOD GIVETH NOT THE SPIRIT BY MEASURE UNTO HIM..."
The rhema here are the words that God gives His servants to speak when He sends them. Rhema is not our own word, but it refers to the message of God. This verse says that whenever God sends us forth to do His work, He will give us rhema to speak. We will be able to speak for God, or rebuke the devil with the rhema of God.
"THESE WORDS (rhema) SPAKE JESUS IN THE TREASURY AS HE TAUGHT IN THE TEMPLE."
The words that are referred to here were a message from God to the Pharisees that Jesus spoke to them. Anytime we speak an authorized message from God, we are speaking rhema.
"PETER...BE THIS KNOWN UNTO YOU, AND HEARKEN UNTO MY WORDS (rhema)..."
Here the rhema was the entire sermon that Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. Three thousand were saved by the words that Peter spoke from God to those on that day.
"WE HAVE HEARD HIM (Stephen) SPEAK BLASPHEMOUS WORDS (rhema) AGAINST MOSES."
The false witnesses claimed that Stephen was claiming to speak forth the message of God to these people (which he was!). They understood the difference between normal words, and the words that one speaks from God.
"WE SHALL TELL THEE WORDS (rhema) WHEREBY THOU AND ALL THY HOUSEHOLD SHALL BE SAVED. ... THEN I REMEMBERED THE WORD (rhema) OF THE LORD, HOW THAT HE SAID, JOHN INDEED BAPTIZED YOU WITH WATER, BUT YE SHALL BE BAPTIZED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT."
Here again, the rhema refers to words spoken by one under the authority of God.