The Word of God Is Quick and Powerful (The Shorter Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Hebrews 4:12:
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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.

The word “quick” means living and real, for the Word of God is alive, unlike the average book that simply contains information that usually becomes obsolete and/or outdated. In contrast, our God’s Word is living and becomes more renewed and concise in the hearts of our own understanding. The word “powerful” is the Greek word energees, and means powerful in its action and effectual in its operation; the English word for kinetic energy comes from energees. One way that Hebrews 4:12 could read is that “the Word of God is living energy,” because the words in the Scripture are the very life and essence of God Himself.

God’s Word is also sharper than any two-edged sword dividing between the soul and the spirit. Sometimes we confuse the soul and spirit, using them interchangeably, quite often thinking they are the same thing. However, the wonderful Word of God shows us a unique distinction, for whenever the word “soul” is used in the Bible it means our breath life (Genesis 2:7). We were born with soul, and when we take our last breath — our soul is gone. On the other hand, the spirit that we have is a gift created by God and given to us at the very moment of our salvation (Romans 8:15, II Corinthians 5:5). The spirit gives man eternal life. The soul gives man physical life. I am told that science has yet to distinguish between where the marrow of any joint ends and where the joint actually begins, and thus there is no scalpel that could sever the two parts perfectly. True or not, the Word is so sharp that it can distinguish the difference. After all, God should know, for He formed, made, and created the human body.

Isaiah 55:11:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void {useless}, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Contrary to some very popular thought (and ignorance), God is not dead! God is real, and His Word is not only quick and powerful but it accomplishes everything that it says it will do. The wonderful Word, which came from the mouth of God, He sent and gave to us, and is priceless; for all Scripture is the inspiration of God. Remember Psalms 107:20a, He sent His Word and healed them. Thus, God’s Word will prosper us, for we are those who have received His healing Word. God’s Word is also “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The word “discerner” means that it critiques, and what the Word critiques is the heart. The “heart” in the Bible represents our innermost being, where we think and talk to ourselves. The word “thoughts” means our emotions, and the word “intents” means our ideas or notions.

Hebrews 4:12 shows that the living Word will critique the very thoughts and emotions that men and women have about God. The living Word itself critiques the very thoughts and emotions of our hearts (Ephesians 1:17–20), guiding us into deeper understandings and revelations of God Himself.
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His Glorious Body – Our Future Hope

“Jesus’ body on the cross shed blood profusely; his body contained the perfect redeeming blood (Hebrews 2:14, I Peter 1:18–19), as Judas said I have betrayed the innocent blood– Matthew 27:4, but something amazing happened when he was raised from the sepulcher. His followers thought that if he was ever to be raised, then he would become a spirit (as in ghostly looking) because when they first saw him, they supposed that they had seen a spirit– Luke 24:37. Things have not changed much as most people nowadays suppose that anyone raised from the dead is a ghostly spirit. Now notice what Jesus was missing as well as what he still had when he presented himself to his disciples proving that he was not simply a spirit, Behold my hands and my feet {where the spikes passed through}, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have– Luke 24:39. Yes, he was a spiritual being, but one without any blood and still having flesh and bones and in this form he was raised in the likeness and image of God. Jesus was in the express image of his {God’s} person– Hebrews 1:3, just as we will be with our new bodies. Even now in grace we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones– Ephesians 5:30, but we have no part in his blood, for he has none, his blood was shed for our eternal redemption (Ephesians 1:7, 2:13, and I Peter 1:18-19). There is a natural body, and there is {or there will be} a spiritual body {with flesh and bones}- I Corinthians 15:44, perfect – eternal – heavenly – Christ-like in every detail ― fashioned like unto his glorious body– Philippians 3:21, awakened perfectly in his likeness! As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness– Psalms 17:15.” ~LMJ~

God Hath Made Man Upright!

Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions– Ecclesiastes 7:29. In the Hebrew Text upright is yashar, meaning to be straight, upright, or erect, and the Hebrew word for inventions is the word chishshebonoth, meaning to purpose, to think out, and devise. But, let us ask ― to devise what? How about the concept that we came from a single sell, crawled out of the sea, and walked not upright, but slithered around and then walked on all fours, to then finally walking upright on our hind legs just for a few concepts; these concepts sit in direct opposition to what God has told us in His Word: God hath made man upright, and do you know what, we still are walking upright right on our only two formed legs because all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation– II Peter 3:4, thus, our arms could never have been our front legs, our two legs could never have been our two back legs, and our fingers could never have been our front toes, paws, fins, claws, suction cups, tentacles, or slimy things – because God had made mankind upright!” ~LMJ~

The Inspiration of the Almighty Giveth Them Understanding

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable– II Timothy 3:16, it is His inspiration and profit that I desire for you, and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding– Job 32:8, and it is His understanding that I pray you receive. LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear– Psalms 10:17, as Jesus said, blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them– Matthew 13:16-17. Before Jesus came, the prophets and righteous people could only hope to see and hear what we now can enjoy because our salvation is a done deal, and all we have to do is believe in his completed work on our behalf rather than trying to add to his completed work by our own works of any kind (Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:5).” ~LMJ~

Exquisite Words for You!

“Have you heard his call in your heart? Jesus holds out these exquisite words, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me– John 10:27. Have we heard him, have we allowed him into our lives, and have we followed him? If so, you can believe he knows you! He promises, I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you– John 14:18, and when he does we can say one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see- John 9:25, because it will be realized.” ~LMJ~