“The thief comes only to
steal and kill and destroy;
I came that they may have
life, and have it
abundantly.”
John 10:10 NASB
“The Sword of the Spirit”
Ephesians 6:10-20
“10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and
in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full
armor of God, so that you can take
your stand against the devil’s
schemes. 12 For our struggle is not
against flesh and blood, but against
the rulers, against the authorities,
against the powers of this dark world
and against the spiritual forces of evil
in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of
God, so that when the day of evil
comes, you may be able to stand your
ground, and after you have done
everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm
then, with the belt of truth buckled
around your waist, with the breastplate
of righteousness in place, 15 and with
your feet fitted with the readiness that
comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the
shield of faith, with which you can
extinguish all the flaming arrows of the
evil one. 17 Take the helmet of
salvation and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God. 18 And pray
in the Spirit on all occasions with all
kinds of prayers and requests. With this
in mind, be alert and always keep on
praying for all the Lord’s people.
19 Pray also for me, that whenever
I speak, words may be given me so
that I will fearlessly make known the
mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I
am an ambassador in chains. Pray
that I may declare it fearlessly, as I
should.”
– Ephesians 6:10-20 NIV
“Therefore take up the
whole armor of God, that
you may be able to
withstand in the evil day,
and having done all,
to stand.”
– Ephesians 6:13 NKJV
The Roman Armor / The Believers
Armor:
v. 14 “Gird your loins with truth”
v. 14 “Put on the breast plate of
Righteousness”
v. 16 “The shield of faith”
v.17 “The helmet of salvation”
v. 17 “ The sword of the spirit”
“For we do not wrestle against flesh
and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers
of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the
heavenly places.”
– Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
“…..the sword of the spirit,
which is the word of God.”
–Ephesians 6:17
Two Foundational Principles
of Scripture:
I. The Reliability of the Bible.
Canon – “A rule or a stick.
A boundary. A standard of
faith and practice.”
Three Attributes by which the New
Testament Canon was Compiled:
A. Every book in the New
Testament has to be written by an
eyewitness or it had to be recorded
testimony from an eyewitness.
B. Every book in the New
Testament had to possess
intrinsic worth and value.
C. Every book in the New
Testament has to be used by
the church universal, not just
by one local congregation.
Compelling Evidence for
New Testament Reliability:
A. We have over 5,000
Greek New Testament
Manuscripts.
B. We have copies that
are 99.2% accurate to
the originals.
C. We have approximately
20,000 copies of the New
Testament in other
languages. (Syriac, Latin,
Coptic, and Aramaic).
New Testament Reliability Chart
Author
Date
Written
Earliest
Copy
Approx. Time
Span between
original &
Copy
Plato
427-347
B.C.
900 A.D.
1200
years
Caesar
100-44
B.C.
900 A.D.
1000
years
10
__
Aristotle
384-322
B.C.
1100
A.D.
1400
years
49
__
Homer
900 B.C. 400 B.C.
500 years
643
95%
Less than
100 years
5600
99.5%
New
Testament
1st Century
A.D. (50100 A.D.
2nd Century
A.D. (c. 130
A.D.f.)
Number Accuracy
of
of Copies
Copies
7
__
A. We have manuscript
evidence
B. We have archaeological
evidence
C. We have evidence from
Messianic prophecies
Foundational Principles of
Scripture:
II. The Spirituality of the
Bible.
1.The Word of God is
divine in origin.
“16 All Scripture is inspired by God
and profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, for training in
righteousness; 17 so that the man
of God may be adequate, equipped
for every good work.”
- 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB
“For no prophecy was ever
made by an act of human
will, but men moved by the
Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
- 2 Peter 1:21 NASB
2. The Word of God is
Indestructible.
“Heaven and earth will
pass away, but My
words will not pass
away.”
- Matthew 24:35
“The grass withers, the
flower fades,
but the word of our God
stands forever.”
- Isaiah 40:8
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