God’s Word is like a sword.
|As a sword, the Word has a two-fold purpose: 1) a surgical tool to divide spirit and soul and discern the thoughts of our hearts (Hebrews 4:12-13); 2) a weapon whereby we overcome the enemy (Ephesians 6:17).
Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
As a surgical tool, God is able to use His Word to cut deep into the arenas of the spirit and soul and show us how to live a spiritual life. The soul of man is comprised of his mind, will and emotions. On the other hand, the spirit is where we are born again. The regenerated spirit consists of our enlightened conscience, our communion with God and our Spirit-led intuition.
The Christian life must be lived in the spirit, not from the soul. The soul is self-conscious and the spirit is God-conscious.
The other purpose of the sword of God’s Word is as a weapon. The Word of God is the only offensive weapon included with the armor of God. You cannot defeat the devil with your logic and will power. Only through the Spirit of God’s Word can you drive back the enemy.
Satan knows the written Word; he often quotes it (out of context, of course). However, the devil has no revelation knowledge of the Word due to being cut off from God. When you speak revelation out of your spirit, the enemy has to flee.
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power 20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. 22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church.
Praise God! All things have been placed under His feet! We do not fight to get the victory, but from the place of victory. Jesus has already conquered death, heal and the grave. He has already stripped Satan of his authority and made a public spectacle of him on the cross (Colossians 2:15).