|For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and
spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
THE WORD OF GOD
What is the Word of God? There are three answers to that question: 1)
Jesus, 2) the Holy Bible, and 3) the Gospel.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the
Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things
were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was
made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light
shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-
Jesus was referred to as the Word by John in his Gospel. Jesus was
the embodiment of the message of God that He had delivered from the
beginning – the love and mercy He offered mankind.
However, that Word which came from God, the messages delivered by
the prophets contained in the Holy Bible, is also called the Word.
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust
in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be
found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6 KJV)
The longest chapter in the Bible, the 119th Psalm, is an ode of praise
to the Word of God.
The gospel preached by the apostles and evangelists of the early
church was constantly referred to as the Word throughout Acts and
the rest of the New Testament, from Pentecost on.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and
they spake the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:31 KJV)
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
(Romans 10:17 KJV)
Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we
faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not
walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfuly; but by
manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's
conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them
that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of
them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ,
who is the image of God, should shine unto them. (2 Corinthians 4:1-4
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye
received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the
word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually
worketh also in you that believe. (1 Thessalonians 2:13 KJV)
I believe the Hebrew writer is referring to the third category, the gospel
preached by the apostles.
For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. I
am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth
in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the
Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:19-20
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to
the Greek. (Romans 1:16 KJV)
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing
of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and
toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become
effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in
Christ Jesus. (Philemon 1:4-6 KJV)
The idea is that it is like a sword that can slice through with a single
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able
to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand
therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the
breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation
of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith
ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the
helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of
God: (Ephesians 6:13-17 KJV)
The Word of God will pierce the heart, soul and spirit, reaching the
heart of man. The Word will not merely fall upon the ears, but will
disturb the mind and prick the heart. That is why everywhere the
apostles went, there was either a revival or a riot.
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath
made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said
unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall
we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one
of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you,
and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the
Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:36-39 KJV)
SOUL & SPIRIT
The sharpness and affectability of the sword is seen in that it is able to
separate the joint and the morrow, severing through the hinge with
ease. It can even separate between the soul and the spirit – the animal
part of man and his eternal existence. It will get to the heart of the
And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul:
but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
(Matthew 10:28 KJV)
And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your
whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV)
The Word will make the proper judgment. The pronouncements will be
Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous
judgments endureth for ever. (Psalms 119:160 KJV)
The Word of God seems to read your mind, knowing your thoughts,
answering your questions, correcting your errors.
Not only your thoughts, but the intentions are under consideration.
Not only your actions, but the why becomes important and needs to
be taken into consideration.
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm
yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in
the flesh hath ceased from sin; (1 Peter 4:1 KJV)