I love getting emails every morning with quotes from John Stott. I often post them on here. I hope my few readers don’t grow tired of reading them. I love to see what the word of God does in our lives. Its why we study it and devote so much time to its reading and explanation. (I hope) When you read God’s word he is giving us wisdom in the most important as Calvin opens his Institutes, “Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid Wisdom, consists almost entirely of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” When we meet God in his word we learn who he is and who we are. These things Beloved, are what we need. Praise the Lord for what he has given us in his word, as it is all sufficient for these things and I would argue all other things fit underneath these two types of wisdom along with Calvin.
Stott said the following on the sword of the Spirit:
The Word of God is said by the apostle Paul to be ‘the sword of the Spirit’, and in the letter to the Hebrews to be ‘living and active’. Indeed, ‘Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart’ (Eph. 6:17; Heb. 4:12). Whether or not we agree with Tertullian and Augustine that the two edges of the sword represent the Old and New Testaments, the Bible has many sword-like qualities. It pricks the conscience, and wounds the pride of sinners. It cuts away our camouflage and pierces our defences. It lays bare our sin and need, and kills all false doctrine by its deft, sharp thrusts.
–From “What Christ Thinks of the Church” (revised and illustrated edn. Milton Keynes: Word UK; Wheaton: Harold Shaw, 1990), p. 54.