We are looking at different metaphors that are used to describe the word of God. Like our previous study, Metaphors For The Church, each example emphasizes one or more important truths about the Bible, giving us something to think about concerning its purpose and value and the attitude we should have toward it.
The word of God is described as a sword in the following passages: Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17. The same image is used in Revelation 1:16, Revelation 2:16, and Acts 2:37.
How does this description compare to last weeks metaphor that the word of God is a light? How do swords and lights compare with one another?
What do swords do?
Why is it called the “sword OF THE SPIRIT, which is the word of God” (John 16:7-15, Ephesians 3:3-5).
In a recent class, “The Church Is An Army” we read in 2 Cor.10:3-5 that our weapons (our sword for example) are “not carnal but are mighty in God for pulling down strong holds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God”. How does our sword assist us in accomplishing those victories?
What 3 descriptions are given of the word in the first part of Hebrews 4:12.
What do you make of the comparison used in Hebrews 4:12 of “soul and spirit” and ‘joints and marrow”?
After giving those two illustrations, what does the Hebrew writer say the word of God is able to do?
Consider how we see the sharp sword in action in the following verses: Acts 2:37, John 8:7-9, 1 Corinthians 14:24 and 25, Acts 24:24-25. Can you think of any other illustrations like this?
What is your main take away when you consider that the Bible is a Sword?
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