And take…the sword of the Spirit, which  is the word of God.   Ephesians 6:17


Volume 24, Number 05

Published by
Mt. Baker
church of Christ

1860 Mt. Baker HWY
Mailing Address:

       P.O. Box 30821
  Bellingham, WA 98228
       (360) 752-2692

Bible Classes..........9:30 AM
Worship..10:30AM; 6:00PM

Bible Classes.........7:00 PM
All sing last Wednesday

Web sites:
Mt. Baker church
Bible Answers

Editor......Joe R. Price


In this issue:

All the Fullness Dwells in Christ
Joe R. Price

For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell (Colossians 1:19, NKJV).

Jesus Christ is exalted and magnified by the Father as He is the fullness of God’s redemptive work. Ephesians 1:10 provides a parallel: “that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.”

     Paul summarized the fullness that dwells in Jesus Christ in Colossians 1:14-18.

   (1) Redemption is in Christ (1:14). Salvation from sins is only in Jesus (Acts 4:12).

   (2) He is the image of the invisible God (1:15). When we see Jesus, we see the Father, for He manifested Him to the world (John 1:18; 14:9; Heb. 1:3).

   (3) He is the firstborn over creation (1:15). He ranks above everything seen and unseen because all things were created by Him, through Him, and for Him (1:16; John 1:1-3).

   (4) He is eternal (1:17). His “goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity” (Micah 5:2, NASB).

   (5) He holds all things together (1:17). He is “upholding all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3).

   (6) He is the head of the church (1:18). The church is His body, those saved by His blood (Eph. 1:22-23; Acts 2:47; 20:28). It is “the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph. 1:23).

   (7) He is the first cause of everything (1:18). He is the Creator. “All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:3).

   (8) He is the firstborn of the dead (1:18). Raised, never to die again, He has power over death (1 Cor. 15:20).

   (9) He has preeminence over all things (1:18). He has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). All we need to live with God now and eternally is in Jesus Christ. Praise be to God for such a Savior!  -Sword Tips #2435


Truth Can Be Shocking
Jim Stauffer

When Jesus nears the end of His teaching in John Chapter 6, He plans to teach them the difference between food that perishes and that which is eternal. The setting follows His feeding of the multitudes. Jesus tells them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal” (John 6:26-27). The concept of food sustaining eternal life is a precursor to words He will speak that will shock them in an attempt to lead them to think beyond their routine thoughts of a Messiah who would lead them in material, temporal ways.

     These words are followed closely by Him teaching them He is the bread of heaven rather than Moses. His goal is to move them from the temporary bread of heaven their fathers ate in the wilderness to the eternal food Jesus brings when he comes down from heaven as the Bread of Life. The difference Jesus tells them is your fathers ate of the manna and died, but if you eat of the true Bread of Life, you will live eternally. Following that He utters these words, ““I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, “How can this man give us His flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves”“ (John 6:51-53).

     Jesus knew they would be appalled initially at the idea of eating flesh and drinking blood since it would have been a violation of Mosaic Law. This discussion had reached a point where they needed to be shocked into hearing the ultimate message of the gospel. That message is that just as one must take nutrients into his physical body to sustain life, he must surely take in the eternal message of the Messiah to bring eternal life to his soul.

     Jesus uses the occasion of their recent memory of food to sustain their bodies as an occasion to teach them about a greater need and a source that will supply that greater need. This Bread of Life if taken into the heart of a man will give him life eternal as Jesus says, “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day” (John 6:54).

     Jesus’ teaching on the greater value of the eternal in this text is in perfect harmony with His overall message of discipleship. One must sacrifice this life in order to achieve eternal life (Matthew 16:24, 25). What Jesus teaches the multitude here, is the only way we can have the Spirit of God and Christ living in us as Paul tells the Romans. “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:9-11)

     Brethren, we too, are subject to the desire to satisfy the flesh ahead of the spirit. We must get our priorities right if we are to attain eternal life.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS

The Body of Christ (Part 1)
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Romans 12:1-8

1. Does your body matter to you?
2. Does the body of Christ matter to you?
3. It matters to Jesus, Acts 20:28; Eph. 1:22; 5:23.
4. “What church do I have to be member of to go to heaven?”
5. Does it make any difference? Yes, it does.


  A. Forgiveness is by the Blood of Christ.
    1. God’s grace, 1:7; Heb. 2:9 (Rom. 5:8).
    2. Ransom (Matt. 20:28; 1 Tim. 2:6.
  B. He Purchased His Church with His Blood, Acts 20:28; Eph. 5:25.


  A. The Church of Christ is the Body of Christ, Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18.
  B. The Church Reveals the Wisdom of God, Eph. 3:10.
  C. The Church is in God’s Eternal Purpose of Salvation in Christ, Eph. 3:11 (21).
  D. Every Christian is a Member His Body, Acts 2:47; 1 Cor. 12:14.
    1. How we live at members of Christ’s body matters to Christ, Rom. 12:3-8.
    2. How we treat other body members (Christians) matters to Christ, 1 Cor. 12:18-27.

1. The church we are a member of matters to Jesus. Therefore, it should matter to us.
2. Save yourself with the ransom Jesus paid, and be added to His body, the church, Acts 2:37-41, 47.


You can find the complete outline of this sermon plus PowerPoint and MP3 Audio files at BIBLE ANSWERS


The Body of Christ (Part 2)
Joe R. Price

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 52:7-12

Consider some of the blessings of the body of Christ, the church Jesus built (Matt. 16:18).


  A. The Church is the Fullness of Christ, Eph. 1:22-23, 3, 10; Col. 1:14-19; 1 Cor. 12:13.
    1. The church receives all of Christ’s blessings.
    2. Nothing of Christ is found outside His church (2 Cor. 6:16-18).
    3. Therefore, we must be in His church to be saved.
  B. The Church is Reconciled to God and Man, 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Eph. 2:13-18.
    1. Reconcile: Enemies restored to favor (“peace,” 2:14-15, 17).
    2. Reconciliation in the “one body” (church).
    3. No reconciliation if not in body of Christ.
  C. The Church is the One Body that Belongs to Christ, Eph. 4:4; Matt. 16:18.
  D. The Church is Saved by Jesus, the Savior, Eph. 5:23; 1 Tim. 4:10; Acts 2:41, 47.
  E. The Church is Willingly Submissive to Christ, Eph. 5:24; Col. 3:17; Matt. 28:19-20.
  F. The Church is Sanctified by Christ, Eph. 5:26; Mark 16:15-16 (John 3:5); Rom. 6:3; Acts 22:16.
  G. The Church Will be Glorified with Christ, Eph. 5:27; 2 Cor. 11:2; Col. 3:1-4; Rev. 3:10-12.

1. The church one is a member of makes a difference.
2. Only the body of Christ – the church of Christ – will be saved in heaven, while all the churches of men will be lost.
3. “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord…” (2 Cor. 6:17-18).


(Current events in the light of Scripture)

A Time of War
Joe R. Price

The images of war from Ukraine are stark, unsettling, and reminders of how fragile peace is. As we pray for peace, let us also meditate on some traits of war and their spiritual applications (1 Tim. 2:1-2).

(1) War is brutal. Every objective observer knows Russia invaded Ukraine without provocation. Innocent souls suffer as Ukrainians defend against Russian aggression. Like every war, many are uprooted from home and family, some maimed, others killed. Children are left without a father and mother. Likely millions will flee to other countries seeking safety.

Christians are at war against “spiritual hosts of wickedness” (Eph. 6:12). Souls are being injured and lost to the devil and the power of sin in this struggle. Cowards do not stand and fight, but we must (Rev. 21:7-8). We must engage our adversary with faith and truth to be victorious in Christ (2 Cor. 10:3-5; Eph. 6:10-17; 1 John 5:4).

(2) War is not a spectator sport. It is harsh and destructive. Comfortable in our homes, watching the war may become our nightly routine in front of the TV. To be sure, it is not entertainment. Evil is destroying lives.

Christians cannot be spectators in the good fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). We must engage. We must take up the sword of the Spirit, God’s word, and fight the enemies trying to destroy our faith and peace in Christ (Eph. 6:17; Jude 3).

(3) War brings out the best and the worst in people. Stories of bravery and heroism stir our hearts as we hear of courageous efforts to defend liberty and justice. Yet, a dictator’s violent attempts to gain territory and subjugate a nation repulse us.

Like David facing Goliath, may our faith in God shield us from the devil’s attacks (Eph. 6:16; 1 Pet. 5:8-9). Satan and his forces try to invade our hearts and conquer our lives. May we resist with faith’s valor. The Lamb of God will overcome all who war against Him (Rev. 17:14).


Created by Chuck Sibbing, last updated.  03/07/2022

The Spirit's Sword is a free, weekly publication of the Mt. Baker church of Christ, Bellingham, WA
Send all questions, comments and subscriptions to the editor at: