Yesterday, in discussing the source and purpose of the God-breathed Word, one of the references touched upon came from Hebrews 4:12, which happens to be the Verse of the Day for October 27, 2016:
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
The Amplified Bible provides this rendering:
For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
In reflecting upon this verse, I recall a poem which uses Hebrews 4:12 as its epigraph or introduction:
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 [NKJV]
No word of God spoken shall be devoid of power
But shall prosper in the thing to which it is sent,
Without any limits, to its farthest extent,
It thus abounds in fruit as seed to the sower,
Returning four-fold measure to the one who lent.
It is impossible not to fulfill God’s will,
Once spoken and thus declared that the Lord might show
The wonders of His amazing ways and instill
In us His unfailing power that we might know
That in the beginning God spoke, and it was so.
Sharper than a two-edged sword, cutting as a knife,
The word is quick to energize and encompass
The past, present and future, as it brings forth life.
While yet in our thoughts, it has already come to pass.
This powerful message regarding the Word of God comes across in even greater measure in the song from Casting Crowns: “The Word is Alive.”
To further reinforce the message, the Seeds Family Worship offer the Word of God Video also based on Hebrews 4:12: