First, God made iron and God gave it the properties that He wanted it to have. It is not possible to sharpen iron with iron. God made it possible to sharpen iron with a stone and then He had written in His Word, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another”.

God made man and just as God gave the properties to iron that He wanted it to have, He also gave man the properties that He wanted man to have. Just as it is not possible to sharpen iron with iron, it is not possible for one man to sharpen another. It is written in His Word.

Now, because we have grown up in a world that does not study God’s Word for themselves, letting the Stone sharpen them, almost everyone believes that a man can sharpen another. After all, it seems to make sense, that if God would grant some understanding to someone that they should share it and I think that is right. However, because the verse has been interpreted wrong, it has lead to many mistakes.

Do you know the story of Cyrano de Bergerac? If you do not, it is a story about a man that loved a woman with all that he had. He thought the woman would not love him and he thought that the woman loved another. He wanted the woman to be happy and the suitor that she fancied was lacking in romanticism. So he spoke for the other man. He put his words in the other man’s mouth and the woman fell in love with the other man: not with Cyrano. Actually, she did fall in love with Cyrano and his words, but she thought they came from another, so her love was misdirected.

Do you see that is what happens when a mere man speaks the Word’s of God? People tend to fall in love with the man, not God.

If you have come to your senses and have been baptized, then you have the Holy Spirit. He is given to you so that you can understand the Word of God. Go to a place where no one can bother you, read, and think about Scripture and God will reveal Himself to you. Then you will fall in love with Him, not with someone that speaks His Words.


  1. joshual1177 says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with this train of thought. I also read your other post As iron sharpens iron. I agree that iron doesn’t sharpen iron but I also believe this verse to be true and infallible. It’s in the Word of God for a reason. Perhaps the very reason is so that we would recognize that no man can be sharpened by another man, but only the Rock who is Jesus, God, The Holy Spirit.

    Another verse that comes to mind is about removing the plank from your own eye before trying to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. We are all at different places spiritually in our walk with Christ. If we’ve placed our trust in Him. I can teach and preach to someone till I’m blue in the face but I can’t change them or even give them the desire to change. Only the Holy Spirit can do that.

    I imagine if swords could talk, what would they say. Imagine the dull sword asking the sharp sword, “Hey how did you get so sharp?” Then at that point……:). Sorry…. The sharp sword directs the dull sword over to the stone to be sharpened. It’s like the saying, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. At that point the sharp sword has done his job. My pastor has a saying, I’m just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.

  2. astudent says:


    I agree with everything that you have said.

    Once someone turns to Jesus, and is baptized into the father, Son, and Holy Spirit, they receive the Holy Spirit to teach them and they no longer need any one (man-iron) to teach them. (1 John 2:27)

    Those who have not turned to God do need a teacher.

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