Many times in our walk with Christ we will find that our faith in Jesus Christ is challenged by either unbelievers or false brethren/false teachers. The only opportunity that we have for coming against such challenges is to present the Scriptures to rebuke, refute, warn and convict those who oppose God and His truth. It is good to look at the Scripture passages that support this godly conviction about the Word of God as our weapon of warfare against Satan and his evildoers. The best place to start is in the book of Ephesians the sixth chapter.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the world of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— Ephesians 6:10-18
In this battle that we are waging in this world the Lord is our strength and His Word is our offensive weapon which the Holy Spirit wields as we rely on and trust in Jesus Christ through prayer and supplication. Our defense is our rest in the Lord and the equipment that He gives us such as faith, the gospel, salvation, righteousness and truth. But we wage the battle against the works of the enemy, against the edifices of unbelief, by applying God’s Word in the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, to then speak specifically to the sinner contending against the faith. The Word of God properly applied is a powerful instrument that will do God’s work in the heart and the soul of the sinner, either for saving faith or for condemnation.
12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13
When any unbeliever seeks to undermine the faith of any through their attack upon the Word of God, the Bible, Jesus Christ, God’s Son, or God the Father, we must answer with the Scripture and not cleverly thought up apologetics. Apologetics relies and rests upon the cleverness of the individual to make cogent arguments for defending the faith. However, God disdains man’s wisdom and promises to only use His Word to convict sinners, rebuke the disobedient and bring about repentant faith in the willful rebel.
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.” 20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:18-21
2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:2-5
As Paul only presented the truth about Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, so we too, must resist reliance upon the arm of the flesh and not be led into foolish arguments with those who delight in folly while seeking to make us look foolish and weak with their empty and vain arguments. Keeping our focus and dependence upon the truth of the Scripture, being led by the Holy Spirit as we apply Scripture in wisdom, is a powerful refutation and rebuke against these children of the devil who seek to mischievously undermine our faith and make us appear stupid. If we follow their lead then we are just playing into their hands and they will never be convicted of the truth and brought to repentant faith in Jesus Christ, and our Lord’s glorious gospel will be made to appear irrelevant and void of power. However, exhorting with the Scripture will make them unable to blithely defend their wicked and baseless attacks, and will instead put them on the defense.
Jesus Christ spoke the very Word of God, and this Word, He said, gives eternal life. It is this Word that testifies to Jesus Christ and His glorious gospel of salvation. Jesus Christ bore witness to this Word while He walked this earth, and He taught that those who believed in Him and received His Word had eternal life. However, those who rejected Him and His word would be judged by His Word. That is the power of this mighty weapon of holy warfare, it gives eternal life or it gives eternal death.
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47 And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” John 12:44-50
God wants us to rely upon Him, and not the arm of the flesh. As we pray and share the gospel we can know for certain that God will use it for His purpose and for His honor and glory. Brothers and sisters, let us truth in the Lord and His sure Word of salvation for the purpose of rejecting worldly arguments and establishing His faith in this world. May God bless us as we serve Him.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That It may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, 11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. 1 John 5:9-12