“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
The sword referred to in this passage is the Word of God. Jesus is the Word. God’s Word is the Sword of the Spirit and the Christian’s only offensive weapon.
But why is God’s Word (Scriptures), of such great importance? It is because the Word of God represents absolute, infallible TRUTH. In the Bible the Word of God is equated to a foundation of rock – a sure foundation that will uphold anything built upon it. Unlike buildings built on sand or clay, the Word of God represents a foundation upon which every Christian can build his or her life with absolute confidence and certainly. According to Scripture, no storm will be able to destroy what is built on this incredibly strong and eternal spiritual foundation.
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35
Jesus used the Word as a Weapon to resist temptation
When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, he used the Word to rebuke Satan. The offer that Satan made to Jesus was that he would give Him the kingdoms and “glory” of this temporal world in exchange for worship. Of course the real agenda behind this offer was to try and get Jesus to abort his God-given mission; which was to offer His life as an eternal sacrifice for all of humanity. In accepting Satan’s seductive offer of a shortcut to “glory” and power, Jesus was being asked to trade his eternal power and glory for fool’s gold. What is particularly significant in this story is that Jesus used the Word to resist His arch-enemy.
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.” Matthew 4:8-11
Just as Jesus used the Word as a weapon against His enemy Satan, Christians too are expected to do so.
“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:17
The Bible warns of the dangers of building a house on sand
By contrast to the Word of God which is a sure foundation upon which every believer can build their lives, the so-called power and glory of the kingdoms of this world represent a foundation of sand. The Bible states that we are foolish to build a house on sand rather than on rock. Jesus used the metaphor of a storm – the storms of life that beat upon our earthly homes (lives) to illustrate the importance of building on the right foundation. A house that is built on a poor foundation will inevitably collapse. This is due to the transient nature of foundations that are not solid. Over time, they are eroded and weakened by the elements until, eventually, the house can no longer be adequately supported.
The root of the problem is unbelief in God’s Word
But why do so many Christians today fall for Satan’s age old temptation to build on sand rather than on the eternal bedrock of God’s Word? I believe that the root of the problem is unbelief in God’s Word or a lack of understanding as to what the Word of God really represents. Many people today are totally consumed with building their lives and futures on sand that cannot withstand the socioeconomic storms that will come up on the earth at the end of this age. The Bible speaks of the Great Tribulation that will most certainly come upon the earth before Christ returns. It sill be a time of such distress that everything that can be shaken, will be shaken; every economy, every empire, and every humanistic attempt to establish the ungodly kingdoms of this Antichrist world. God will destroy every earthly idol before his eternal Kingdom is finally established on the Earth (see the last chapter of Zechariah).
The Word of God represents absolute Truth
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6
The word ‘the’ is a definite article that expresses specificity of reference (as opposed to an indefinite article that refers in a general sense to an article – e.g. the dog.) The Greek word for truth in John 14:6 is ‘alethia’ (Strongs 225), from the word ‘alethes’.
The definition of the word ‘alethia’ is:
TRUTH, BUT NOT MERELY TRUTH AS SPOKEN; TRUTH OF AN IDEA, REALITY, SINCERITY, TRUTH IN THE MORAL SPHERE, DIVINE TRUTH REVEALED, DIVINE TRUTH REVEALED TO MAN, STRAIGHTFORWARDNESS.
‘Alethia’ is synonomous for “REALITY” as the opposite of ILLUSION. FACT. God’s word is therefore the ONLY REALITY THERE IS!
This is quite a claim. Jesus is literally stating that there is only one real way, one real truth and one real savior of the world. Furthermore, God’s Word it is the only weapon that works against Satan’s attacks and temptations, because he knows that it is backed by divine authority, power and truth. When absolute truth is levied against the father of lies and deception (Satan), he has no choice but to back off. Yes he may try to deceive his unwary victims by distorting God’s word to mean something it does not, but that is his only option. He uses deception as a last ditch attempt to gain his ground. This explains why:
- We should study the Bible (the Word), which represents God’s revelation of Himself and His divine laws. It represents the only unchanging reality there is.
- We should use God’s Word to resist temptation and the attacks of our enemy Satan.
- We should study the Bible so that we can understand the truths it reveals, and apply it to our lives.
- Every decision we make should be based on the revealed wisdom of God rather than on our wisdom or the perceived ‘wisdom’ of this world.
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
There is only one sure foundation upon which we can build our lives and our future. Everything in this life is temporal and every person on the planet will die and pass into eternity. The Word of God encourages us to store up treasures in heaven rather than on earth. This is simply because earthly ‘wealth’ has no real value. It’s value is perceived rather than real because it changes with time and circumstance. Just as currency is unstable, so too the kingdoms of this world are fickle and unpredictable. History proves only one thing – that change is here to stay and that nothing remains the same.
But God’s Word is UNCHANGEABLE –
“Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19
And ETERNAL –
“But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” 1 Peter 1:25
Truth is divisive
By it’s very nature, truth is divisive. Just because people agree on something, does not mean that it’s true. Much of so-called truth in the world today is based on the shifting sands of relative truth. We seem to have no difficulty changing our minds as to what is “true” when it suits us to do so. This is because we mold and reshape morality and truth to fit into our distorted perceptions of reality and what is “good” or “bad”. But who decides ultimately on what is “good” or “bad”? If society is capable of deciding truth, why is the world in such a mess?
According to the Bible, there is only one way, one truth, and one life, and it comes through Jesus Christ who alone is the Lord and Savior of mankind, and to whom has been given all authority, power and dominion over every principality and power in the heavens and on the earth. By His Word everything was created, and by His Word life is sustained. By His Word His eternal kingdom will rule and reign for all eternity, and every man will be proved to be a liar.