Lately, I’ve been intrigued by the thought of the Word of Truth and the Power of the Spirit. The world uses many forces to coerce people. They use laws, threats of punishment, jails, and ultimately violence. Violence is what holds the world system together. However, no new world will be created with the tools of coercion used by the old. The Kingdom cannot be spread by gun point, nor mixed together with the colors of a national flag.
What are the weapons we can use to fight evil and transform the hearts of humans? Of course, the Word of Truth and the Power of the Spirit. In fact, that ancient Christian Paul said that the Word of Truth is “the Sword of the Spirit.” From Christ’s mouth proceeds a sharp two edged sword, and despite the common interpretation, that sword is not a literal weapon (that would hurt like hell pulling one of those out of your mouth). The sword is the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of Truth. The Word of Truth can change people when the influence of the Spirit is active in the heart of the speaker, in the words themselves, and in the heart of the hearer. I’m not talking about merely giving sermons, or hearing sermons. I’m talking about simply sharing with one another the words of truth that give the Spirit material with which to influence and change us.
Within us all is a spirit. A center to which we may continually return. The word of truth is able to cut through all of our culture, sinfulness, and upbringing and pierce reality right into that spirit within us.