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Purse, script and shoes. Two swords

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4th November 2006  Purse, script and shoes

Hi Guys,
we look at Luke 22:35-38 today.
It was the time for Christ to be crucified.
He admonishes His disciples about 3 things that they now have to do; which they never did before during the time He commissioned them to go out and preach. Things they must now do as they minister, after He is gone.
Purse, scrip and shoes.
Now was the time to carry a purse - physical work. (Not just work when not ministering)
Now was the time to have a scrip - the written Word.
Now was the time to have shoes - protection for their feet.
But look at verse 36.  He doesn't mention shoes again. He now mentions a sword.
The disciples didn't understand. They thought He meant a physical sword. Yet He was merciful to them for their lack of understanding.
They said: 'We have 2 swords Lord'.
Jesus said: 'That is enough'.
Brothers and sisters.  The sword is our shoes and the shoes IS our sword. 2 swords.
For brethren our defense is in our walk: Given up to Him and serving also the body. Two Swords. Christ the Head and Christ the Body.
These 2 swords are enough. That is enough for the Kingdom. Nothing else is needed to protect us. We have all we need by looking to Him and by strengthening and being part of His body.
Stay blessed in Him,
Tony A.
5th November 2006. Two Swords

Hi Guys,

we talked about the 2 swords yesterday and noticed one sword represents Jesus Christ as Head and the other as Christ's body- His church.

This being our means of protection for our walk in Him(our shoes).

Yet there is more.

Jesus Christ IS The Word of God (The Living Word- Rev 19:13) and His body IS The Word on the earth (Living epistles being read by the world - 2Cor 3:2,3).

Remember that the sword of the Spirit is The Word of God (Eph 6:17). This is much more than just the written word. The Spirit's sword is reliance on the very Living Word, Christ Jesus Himself. Hence those who do not know Him trying to use the Word get into trouble e.g the 7 sons of Sceva (Acts19:13-16).

Ah, brothers and sisters still there is more.

The sword is also bread.

'I am The Bread of Life', Jesus said in John 6:35
'I am the Living Bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for (eis) ever (aion). John 6:51(We'll talk about the greek eis -aion another time).

The Bread must be broken for the people to be fed. So Jesus was broken to give His life for the world.

So also must we be broken to have an impact on the world.

Do not be afraid to be broken; for only then can the people obtain nourishment.

Stay blessed in Him,

Tony A.