The sword of the Spirit (AKA the word of God) is a MASSIVE topic. How do you choose what to teach your kids about this last piece of the Armor of God? Scroll down for 3 key facts to include about the sword of the Spirit—plus a FREE printable lesson plan!
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How many meanings for the phrase “the word of God” can you think of? Go!
Most of us probably think of the Bible first—the Scriptures. The written word of God. It’s God’s message to us.
What else? How about the actual words that God speaks—the things that are recorded in the Bible as actually being spoken by Him, or by Jesus? That’s the word of God, too.
Can you think of one more? It’s a little outside the box, perhaps, but it’s clearly stated in the Bible. If you answered that Jesus is the Word of God, then you answered correctly. John 1 clearly tells us that Jesus is the personification of God’s Word—God’s Word in person!
Plus, there’s at least one more clearly stated definition of the word of God.
An extra definition for the word of God is given to us in Ephesians 6. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit. Or, more accurately, the sword of the Spirit is the word of God.
In other words, the word of God is the weapon that the Spirit uses. And that word of God can be any one of the three meanings we thought of above.
The sword of the Spirit is the word of God.
The sword of the Spirit can be the Bible—the whole of God’s message, as revealed in the Scriptures.
The sword of the Spirit can be the actual, specific words uttered by God.
Or the sword of the Spirit can be Jesus, the personification of God’s Word.
And the believer is commanded to “take” the sword of the Spirit.
Deliberately receive & accept God’s message as laid out in the Bible.
Deliberately accept God’s actual utterances.
And deliberately choose to receive Jesus as God’s Word in personal form.
When we choose to take hold of the word of God, in all its forms, then the Holy Spirit can use the word of God powerfully in the our lives.
And that is the most important thing you can teach your kids about the sword of the Spirit.
If you’re teaching the Armor of God, this is the last piece of armor that you’ll present to your kids. You’ve already challenged them about putting on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation.
Now, finally, challenge them to take up their one offensive weapon. Teach them the various forms of the word of God. And ask them if they have deliberately chosen to take the word of God. Ask them if they are choosing, daily, to take the word of God.
It’s the sword of the Spirit. Without it, they have no offensive weapon. With it, they will be prepared to stand.
So be sure you challenge your kids, in your lesson on the sword of the Spirit, to take hold of the word of God!
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