Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Sunday, January 5, 2014
EPH 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
The sword the Romans used was called the machaira which was the type of sword that they used to defeat all of their enemies.
The Barbarians were very tall and yet, they were still defeated even though the average Roman soldier was only 5’6″ – 5’8″.
The Romans actually beat them every time because they used their physical ability with the machaira sword – rather than the sword of the Barbarians = the romphaia, a long broad sword.
If TLJC had to rely entirely upon the H.S.and the sword of the Spirit to sustain His humanity during His incarnation in order to execute the PPOG on the same Spirit.
Tempted = the Greek word peirazo which means to make proof of or to test.
Satan was trying to persuade TLJC to exercise His deity contrary to the Father’s plan.
All Satan wanted TLJC to do was to use His deity independently of the father’s plan to show that in His humanity our Lord could not depend on the father’s provision.
The believer is constantly tempted to rely upon his OSN rather than the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
We are tempted to substitute human good for divine good.
We do not face the temptation the way Christ did, He could rely upon His omnipotence.
We are tempted to rely on our own power which is human good and independently from the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
All Satan wanted TLJC to do was to use His deity independently of the Father’s plan to show that in His humanity our Lord could not depend on the Father’s provision.
1. TLJC is hungry and to turn stones into bread would be very simple for the son of God.
2. To turn stones into bread would mean depending upon His own power rather than the power of God.
3. Furthermore, TLJC is being tempted as to the sufficiency of the grace of the Father for daily needs.
Can the Father provide the needs of Jesus Christ or must Jesus Christ operate on His own.
Can the Father provide your needs or do you have to do it yourself?
The Father’s provision is grace.
It is our friend “rhema” which is the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about our Lord’s testing was that instead of performing miracles under His own power, our Lord used the greatest power ever known in the history of the human race.
Prin-Bible doctrine is the greatest power the world has ever known; it is far, far greater than God performing a miracle.
When a believer uses BD and makes correct application and advances in the PPOG through the use of that Bible doctrine, that is the greatest power and the highest function that any member of the human race can attain.