Discernment

Iron Sharpens Iron

The past few weeks, I’ve been talking Bible with an old friend of mine. I say “old” because I really don’t remember a time when I didn’t know him. We go back to earliest childhood. There isn’t a Bible topic I can bring up that this friend won’t discuss. I find this very rare in the church. There are a lot of cliches that Christians throw around when they don’t know, or don’t care, about a Bible topic. People say things like, “as long as I know that  Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, none of that other stuff matters.” Or, “we just need to tell people God loves them.” And then we wonder why so many people fall away from the faith when they get challenged by leftist professors, friends, and entertainers.

If all you know is “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior, none of that other stuff matters” then how will your faith survive attacks on “that other stuff”? “That other stuff” is the 100% historical, scientific, and prophetic accuracy of the Bible, and it’s the battlefield of choice for God’s enemies. You better know how to fight, and cliches are not your weapon. The Bible is your weapon.

Take the… sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ~ Ephesians 6:16-18.

Do you know how to use your weapon? Are you a ninja with your Bible? If you’ve been in the faith many years, you should be.

The Bible was written using the imagery of its day. Swords are commonly used throughout scripture to represent weapons. Had the Bible been written today, the “sword of the Spirit” would be the “hydrogen bomb of the spirit.” This “sword” cannot be defeated by any other weapon.

He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God [Jesus Christ]. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. ~ Revelation 19:13-15

This “sword” strikes down nations, plural. Think of the time, effort, blood, and money it takes to strike down one nation in warfare, yet Jesus will strike down multiple nations using this “sharp sword.”

The topics on which Christianity is regularly attacked should be slam dunks for Christians: evolution, the historical accuracy of the Bible, the scientific accuracy of the Bible, the prophetic accuracy of the Bible. Science and history support the Bible 100%. But instead of convincing our opponents, Christians get convinced away from the faith in droves because the extent of their swordsmanship is “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior,” and “God loves me.” Their knowledge cannot withstand the slightest attack from leftists who constantly challenge the accuracy of the Bible (not the Koran, just the Bible). Meanwhile, the left lives on a steady diet of fairy tales like evolution, global warming, and the 99%. Not only should we, as Christians, easily repel leftist attacks, we should be the ones constantly challenging the accuracy of their premises– which all crumble under the slightest scrutiny.

Getting back to my old friend, two weeks ago he was telling me something related to the book of Revelation that I had never heard before. After the conversation, thoughts started combining in my mind. The next thing I knew, I had my post for the next week: “In the Province of Asia.” What my friend told me had nothing to do with Asia, or anything else in that post. However, just by hearing new wisdom about the Bible, the gears starting turning.

Then, last week, my friend was telling me something related to “Bashan,” and he gave me some background on that region. I knew nothing about Bashan prior to that conversation. The next morning, I started working again on what I had begun days before as a post about Psalm 22 for Easter. I had done a similar post for Easter last year, and this year I was going to mention more of the Crucifixion prophecies. Psalm 22:12, which mentions the “strong bulls of Bashan” was already saved in my document, and it’s a verse I have read a thousand times, but not until after my friend taught me about Bashan, did Psalm 22:12 leap off the page at me, and produce last week’s post, “Strong Bulls of Bashan.”

I find it interesting that the Bible likens itself to a sword, because it likens man to a sword too. As a sword, the infallible word of God exists in its sharpest form. Fallen man, on the other hand, needs sharpening. And look how man gets sharpened:

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. ~ Proverbs 27:17

My friend sharpened me over the past few weeks. Two dynamite posts resulted from Bible conversations with my old friend. The key is that my friend did not give me Christian cliches or mantras. He didn’t say, “as long as I have Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, none of that other stuff matters.” He didn’t offer up excuses to not discuss the Bible. God is a God of multiplication. Just look at the loaves and fishes parables. God doesn’t want much. He just wants a little something he can multiply. But we give the poor guy nothing. We give him the same stale cliches, mantras, and milky teaching. We refuse to look for a new piece of bread. Give him something new to work with, and he will multiply it!

As a result, who knows how many people will surf the internet, stumble upon “Strong Bulls of Bashan,” be dazzled by God’s 100% prophetic accuracy, and get saved. Maybe these people will have heard for years, as I did, that God loves them, but they didn’t care because they thought God was a fairy tale. A huge problem in our secular/atheistic culture is that we’re going around telling people God loves them, when they don’t even believe God exists. Show them he exists. That’s what I do. That’s the whole purpose of this website.

Maybe your gift or calling is in another area, and that’s fine. But know this, before a U.S. soldier gets trained in their specialty – be it computers, or engine repair, or whatever – each and every one must go through basic training and learn to use their weapons to fight. No matter what their ultimate military specialty, each soldier is a warrior first and foremost. Not every soldier goes to an aggressive combat unit, but every soldier learns to fight, learns to use their weapon. I’d like to see Christianity adopt this same template for its soldiers (Christians) and its weapon (the Bible).

Here’s some sword-fighting inspiration, courtesy of Jackie Chan.

I want to close by using iron to sharpen iron. I want to offer what I hope will be a new Bible teaching for many of you. In a short conversation at the end of the clip, Jackie Chan and the master mention the idea of “past life,” as in reincarnation. Does the Bible weigh in on this topic? Does the Bible say anything in support or against reincarnation? After all, reincarnation is known as an idea from India, but the Bible is a book centered on Israel.

Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment [So much for reincarnation! Lazarus and others in the Bible were raised from the dead, but never as anything but themselves. This verse directly addresses reincarnation. Once God has determined that a person’s days are truly finished, that person moves on to the afterlife.], so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. ~ Hebrews 9:27-28

The God of Israel is the God of the universe, and I never cease to be amazed at the fact that he seems to have thought of everything, and covered every base. Iron sharpens iron, and the Bible is always proven true.

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