(16) And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.
In John’s vision, we can see that a two-edged sword proceeded out of the mouth of our Lord. What does this represent for us? It shows us the powerful Word of God that is spoken by Christ. This is clearly explained for us in Hebrews:
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13 KJV )
This same powerful Word can be used by God’s people to successfully enter into spiritual warfare against the powers of the darkness:
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Eph 6:17 KJV)
“Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” (Isa 49:1-3 KJV)
Folks, may we never forget the power of God’s Word when it is put into effect in our service to Christ. To be a successful servant of Christ, His Word must be proclaimed either with our mouths or in our actions or a combination of both (based upon the individual opportunity of service we are given).
As we minister to others, if Christ (as revealed in His Word) is not presented, we have failed in our service to Him. Period.
It does not matter what outward results of our ministry we may see take place, what good words others might say about us, or what exalted position may be given to us as the result of our ministry… If the Word’s revelation of Christ is not given to others, we have failed miserably. Those we have ministered to have received no spiritual benefit, but are now simply two-fold more the children of hell…
“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves”. (Mat 23:13-15 KJV)
As we go about our day, seeking areas of opportunity to serve Him, let’s all keep in the forefront of our mind the importance of speaking and living out the Word’s testimony of Christ. By doing this, we can be assured of great spiritual success in our ministry and can know that we are pleasing to the Lord and helping those who come our way.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: