The Pastor Must Fall On His Sword Before He Wields It

May 22, 2017 by

by Trevin Wax, TGC:

When you think of a pastor and his Bible, you may picture a well-worn Bible sitting on a desk, next to a stack of commentaries, a moleskin journal on top. You may think of the Bible you use in sermon prep, or maybe it’s the Bible you carry onto the platform when you preach.

You think of a pastor and a Bible, and you think of a book. But maybe our imaginations ought first to run to a different image: a pastor carrying around a sword. This is the pastor’s weapon. It’s the sword that belongs to a man who is in the army of the Lord, battling the powers and principalities that have arrayed themselves against the living God. The battle is fierce at times, and the man of God must be equipped. He needs the sword.

So, truth be told, when we head out after our time of study, or when we are getting ready to preach, or deliver a word in the hospital or a funeral, we don’t just place our Bible into our bag as we head out into the world; we are sheathing our sword. We are on a battlefield. This book is life to us. The difference between heaven and hell, life and death, salvation and judgment.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesians, “Take the sword of the Spirit — which is the Word of God.”

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