THE ROMAN GLADIUS
The sword that conquered the world.
From the time I was a small boy I have been fascinated with knives and swords. So much so, in fact, my son Jay and I began a knife collection 30 years ago and we have all sorts of knives. It’s fun just to look at them.
The sword that fascinates me the most is the Roman gladiator’s sword. It is 20 inches long and very sharp on both edges with a diamond tip for affective penetration. The Roman soldier was never off-balance because he could wield his sword in any direction.
It seems to me St. Paul was an expert on swords because he had to be very careful being around Roman soldiers for fear of being sorted.
Therefore, when Paul compares the Bible to a Roman Galdius he is comparing the power and strength of the Bible to the most powerful fighting weapon of his day.
Paul’s words, the word of God, are more powerful, active, and sharper than any two edged sword and able to penetrate into the deepest inner parts of the man.
St. Paul’s respect for the Bible was infinite. He obeyed it fully to the point of martyrdom.
For 50 years my life experience confirms God’s Word is alive and active in me. I am believing His Word.