The Instrument of God
Take up God's instruments of war, so that you may be able to keep your position against all the deceits of the Evil One. For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against authorities and powers, against the world-rulers of this dark night, against the spirits of evil in the heavens. For this reason take up all the arms of God, so that you may be able to be strong in the evil day, and, having done all, to keep your place. Ephesians 11:13
As children of God, we are called to be instruments of His word. We are to be His (s)word in the battle here on earth.
Jesus, was an example of this. When He violently overturned the tables in the temple, He was the (s)word being used for attack and when He rebuked Peter with the line, "Get behind me Satan", He was the (s)word being used for threat. Then, when He was tortured and crucified He held his tongue. The (s)word remained sheathed, why?
If He had pulled the (s)word from the sheath and defended himself, He would have been acknowledging that He needed to defend Himself against Satan. He knew, that while Satan was given power over the earth, he had no power over Heaven. Therefore, if He defended Himself against Satan, He would have been acknowledging that Satan had the power to defeat Him, as the King of Heaven.
I once served in the army and one of the first things we were taught, was never to call our rifle, a rifle. We were to call it a weapon, because its only purpose is to kill.
Likewise, the only purpose of a sword in the hand of a soldier is to kill. However, in the hand of a king, the sword can have another, completely different purpose.
In the ceremony of knighthood, the king places the sword on the persons right shoulder and then passes it over their head to the left shoulder. This is to signify the cutting away of all their past way of thinking and that they will live a new life in the service of God, King and Country. A new life that is governed by virtue, honour and chivalry.
As the King of Heaven, Jesus displayed this when He delivered people of their sins. Those He delivered, knew they had been delivered, to the very depths of their soul and I guarantee that they lived very different lives afterward. Look at all the apostles for example, normal working folk, fishermen, tent makers, tax collectors, etc. who's lives were completely changed after they met Jesus.
If you are looking for Christians to be perfect, you may not find it. Many are unsure as to how to live their lives and are "lukewarm". They must be trained in how to be an instrument of God and how to wield the (s)word, the tongue. They must know the right time to attack, threaten, parry or bless and they must learn to know the true way of life in Heaven, beyond the shadow of a doubt and when to keep their tongue in it's sheath.
Satan's only power is to instill fear into the mind. The fear of failure, the fear of loss, the fear of death. The only fear that we should have, is the fear of God, not a fear of what He can do to us, but the fear of not being welcome in His presence.
The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Romans 13:12
It is said: "Those who live by the sword, die by the sword". I say: Those who live by the Word, choose their words.
But soft! What light through yonder soul doth break? 'Tis the Christ and Jesus is the son. (adapted from Romeo & Juliet)
Copyright © 2014 Carl (Little John) Painter