The ceremonial sword represents false Christianity. Jesus despised and hated it. The whole of Matthew 23:1-29 describes the falseness of the Pharisees. They were the epitome of the counterfeit.
Jesus Christ, the only beloved Son of the Father, who was God (Immanuel) in the flesh, could never be labeled a ceremonial sword. Every day of His ministry He fought against the powers of darkness and their hold upon the children of men. Jesus Christ was the Word made flesh, and the Word is the Sword of the Spirit. This sword flashed every day against all His enemies, including the established religious status quo who were mainly nothing else than ceremonial swords.
Jesus’ sword was the true Word of God and it eventually took Him all the way to Calvary’s cross to fight the greatest battle of all--to be crucified on our behalf in order that we might become completely free from the kingdom of darkness.
The truth is that Jesus Christ did not fight every day of His life until His death so that we would become prissy flowers or pompous ceremonial swords. Dash that thought from our thinking forever. Rather, He redeemed us so that we would become true flashing swords, looking and living as He did upon the earth.
Why then, do so many Christians have no appetite to fight? Many will not even put up a real fight for themselves, let alone their perishing fellowman. Shame on us. Considering the price Jesus paid for us (His own precious blood), how is it possible for any of us to be ceremonial swords and yet call ourselves Christians. It is a crime against the blood of His cross.
On the day when He comes to count up His jewels, be assured if this truth that there will be no fake ones amongst them. Malachi 3:18 says: “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not.”
Most of all, right now, we need discernment for ourselves. Philippians 2:12 exhorts us: “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.”