Hebrews 4:12 says that “the Word of God(the bible) is alive and active. It cuts sharper than any 2-edged sword dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Notice the action verbs in the above scripture: God said the word is alive, active, cuts sharper, and it judges… This is by no means passive language; believing this scripture requires belief in the power of God’s Word. Let’s break down this scripture:
- If the Word of God is alive and active, this means its relevant to our life today. The bible was written many many years ago, but our God is so wise that his knowledge, wisdom, and commands are timeless. In a world where relevance is a constant battle in the job, in the school, on social media, in medicine, in fashion, in entertainment and so many other fields.. The bible says that “heaven and earth will pass away, but the word of God is eternal” (Matthew 24:35).We should take comfort in knowing that God’s word is alive and active; It does not lose relevance.
- The scripture then says that God’s Word cuts sharper than any two-edged sword, dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow. Many people run from God, ignore the bible, or deface Christianity because the bible is truth and truth is hard to face. If you really read the Word and commit to living Holy, the Word will cut through your outer persona, and root out things that are unlike God. In modern terms, the Word will come for your life unapologetically and force an evaluation of who you are. Don’t be afraid of this pruning and purifying process! We, as followers of Christ, “experience tests and trials to prove the genuineness of our faith, which is worth more than gold” (1st Peter 1:6-7).
- The last part of the scripture is about judgement and exposure. This can scare many people, but it simply means we must channel the power of the Word of God. We need that power to make it through this life because although we are in the world, we are not of it (John 15:19). The bible says that our flesh must die, so that our spirit can live. For our flesh to die, we need to use the word and allow it to judge the thoughts and attitudes of our heart.
- Lets use the Word of God as a weapon and a resource. When things are chaotic, choose to run to the Word instead of running to people or other vices. His Word is timeless and it is active. It is a lifeline, a fountain of knowledge, and a well of truth. It is eternal, not fickle or faulty– completely trustworthy in all its forms. God said and we believe that His Word is Eternal, His Word is alive and active, and His Word is for our benefit!