12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
I’m studying the book of John right now. The book of John starts, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” These three statements about the Word, using the same phrases as Genesis 1:1, establish the three-in-one God; The Father the Son and the Holy Spirit. Word comes from the Greek word Logos which can mean logic, reason, or wisdom and message. From what I understand that language was helpful to those early Christians in understanding and knowing how to explain who Jesus is. Again, we see the Word in Hebrews 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Commentaries say it could be the written word as well as the Word as we understand it from John 1:1 – either way being the revelation from God, which includes from Jesus Christ himself.
When we look at Hebrews 4:12 and all this in terms of being equipped I hear the question, “Do I have what it takes to handle the real talk that comes from truly knowing Jesus?” Knowing Jesus means acknowledging that he knows are worst and best thoughts about ourselves and others. He knows our hearts and when we mean to be good and when we actually have evil intentions. The message of the Word should convict us of our sin and humble our arrogance as we should now realize our weaknesses, our unholiness and our need for the Savior.
The fourth chapter of Hebrews is about a promise from God a promise we can receive or not receive. And Hebrews 4:12 and 13 reminds us and equips us to be self-aware with ourselves and Jesus and truly receive the promises he offers and the opportunity to live a transformed life. Will you let the Word of God enter deeply into your soul and will you personally enter into a self-awareness the shines light in your personal darkness?
What is the darkness still lingering in my heart?
List other promises you’ve read in the Bible.
Is it difficult for you to receive a gift that is undeserved?