And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
I. THE APTITUDE OF THE SIMILITUDE which likens the Bible to a sword.
1. The sword is useless so long as it is confined to the scabbard; and the Bible is useless if it rest idle in the intellect.
2. This sword is that by which the Christian defends himself, and that by which he cuts down all his foes.
II. THE PROPRIETY OF THE DESCRIPTION which designates the Bible the sword of the Spirit.
1. The Spirit dictated its composition.
2. The Spirit alone can unfold its meaning.
(H. Melvill, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: