For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
This post is a follow up to my first post on scripture and looks at Hebrews 4:12. It is my intention in these post to show the importance of God’s Word and how the Word changes anyone that dares study it.
Hebrews $:12 starts off by saying “the word of God is living and powerful.” John starts his gospel by stating, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” So, according to John the Word is God which explains the Hebrews authors declaration that “it is living and powerful.”
God is living and powerful so if the Word is God then the Word is living and powerful which explains why God’s Word changes us. The Word of God is unlike any other book in history because it has a life of it’s own which changes mankind into God’s image in all areas of life.
The scripture continues by saying it is, “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow.” Man is made up of three arenas: body, soul and spirit. Spirit is the real you which is brand new upon receiving Christ, soul is man’s emotions and intellect and body is where the spirit and soul reside.
Knowing that man is made up of three parts explains how God’s Word works it divides the soul from the spirit allowing the real you to be exposed to the Word. Many Christian’s get confused in distinguishing between spirit and soul, they become emotion driven instead of Word driven or God driven. They make statements like, “I feel this is what God wants me to do” or “It just feels right so it must be God.”
What the Word does is it addresses the true person which is not feelings driven and allows the real person (spirit of man) to address his or her issues of unbelief and the Word builds.
The scripture continues by saying, “is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” This is important because the Word exposes if our thoughts and hearts are in alignment with God’s will and purposes.
The Psalmist said in Psalms 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
This is the purpose of God’s Word in this passage to expose the wrong beliefs and negative thoughts man dwells on and direct him to correct thinking. What you think about eventually becomes your reality so it is vital that you get God’s Word in you so you can think correctly which leads to actions.