The title of this post might be a little misleading. Really, over the course of the next few minutes, I plan to paint a picture of the Sword and a whetstone. The question must be asked then, “What, on God’s green earth, are you talking about, Ashton?” I am talking about how a Christian may sharpen his Sword.
Your Sword, brothers and sisters, is your Bible and your knowledge thereof.
Ephesians 6:17 (ESV)
17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Learn the word of God and immerse yourself therein. This is how you can defend yourself against unnumbered foes all around. But, simply reading a thing does not, in any way, make you knowledgeable about it. You must study it and allow it to mold you. When you study it, learn the Greek, look for small nuances in language, and trace things across time and Scripture, your appreciation of God and God’s salvation is sure to be inflated exponentially.
However, if you study arbitrarily, you will study to no avail. You systematically study the Scriptures. Let us define this term. This means to study in a way so as to have one, coherent system of thinking throughout the Scriptures. From Genesis to Revelation there is only one complete story from beginning to end.
So with what system should we study? I am of a persuasion that the only system which captures the grandness of the gospel is Calvinism. Only Calvinism can answer the tough questions. Only Calvinism gives us tender and savory meat of the Truth. Only Calvinism. But why?
Calvinism is this because of what Calvinism is. Calvinism is a way of looking at the entirety of creation through the scope of the glory of God. If we look at the Scriptures as one, full, divinely inspired account of God receiving glory, everything makes sense. All other systems seem to allow contradictions within their own dogma. This is unacceptable if we are to present the gospel to those who would seek to dismantle the truth of what we have to present.
In this way, then, I think of Calvinism as a whetstone by which we sharpen our swords of the Spirit! Sharpen your swords brothers and sisters and let us all worship Christ! Soli Deo Gloria!