Saturday, September 23
Now, the second bit of advice from Robert Murray M’Cheyne. “A holy minister is an awful weapon in the hand of God.” By “awful,” of course, he means “full of awe, not something bad. We generally think of God’s Word, the Bible, as being the weapon. Paul calls it the sword of the Spirit In Eph. 6:17. Wiersbe thinks it can also refer to the messenger, and cites Scripture to support that view. Gideon, for example, was called the sword of the Lord. In any case, we are God’s instruments to proclaim his word throughout the world and the main weapon is the Word of God. Paul instructs us to “rightly divide” the word of truth (KJV) or “correctly handle” the word of truth (NIV). We’re in a battle and God’s weapons, whether people or the Word itself, need to be in top shape. God’s Word is inspired and in good shape all the time—with the caveat that we don’t have the original writings, and men have made minor mistakes in translating it through the centuries. The most vulnerable instrument in spiritual warfare, though, is the messenger. In two ways. Paul said in Acts 20:27 that he did not fail to teach the “whole counsel of God.” Human beings tend to develop a mind set as to Biblical truth and instinctively interpret Scripture to fit that mind set. [I’m hesitant to say this, but that is the sin nature that is still wanting to control our lives.] The “whole counsel” of God means that we take pains to make sure our interpretations square with other Scripture, and even then we make mistakes. It demands an open mind and heart. God has provided all we need to do this. We have the indwelling Holy Spirit to guide us. We have prayer. We have godly men to consult with, and a wealth of resources to turn too. It’s not easy to be “an awful weapon in the hand of God.” But let us not forget that first part of M’Cheyne’s advice. We need to become more like Christ.