Our Comfort in Hope (The Longer Version)

 Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

There are hundreds of promises written in the Bible, and these are available to those who know they exist, obtainable to those who have found them, and they are most certainly reachable for those who will believe to receive them. In II Peter 1:4, we read that God has “given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,” and these promises are given to believers in order that we may partake in the bountifulness of God’s divine nature. Still, there are other things that the Bible reveals that are totally out of our reach, and thus even with believing we cannot receive them, such things as having our heavenly treasures now or receiving our new heavenly bodies. We cannot spend and enjoy any of our heavenly currency that we have laid up (in heaven, Matthew 6:20; Colossians 3:24) until we arrive, nor may we have our new and indestructible, eternal bodies until Christ returns, neither can we believe for Jesus to return any quicker and arrive on a timetable of our choosing.

Whenever we cannot believe for something that the Bible promises we shall receive, then the Bible tells us so by placing them in the category of HOPE, which is to be a future reality, a definite certainty, but we just cannot have them now. All of the hope that God reveals in the Bible is given to bring comfort to believers as we read in Jeremiah 29.

Jeremiah 29:11 (The Amplified Bible):* 
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for {your} welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

I Corinthians 9:10 declares, “he that ploweth should plow in hope,” because we do not reap the harvest at the moment we have plowed, rather the produce comes in after the ground is prepared, the seeds have been planted, the soil has been watered, the weeds have been pulled, the temperature cooperates, and the sun has supplied its energy. Still, the hope was also planted on the very day of tillage in the heart of the farmer, for he has expectation for a future crop, to give him hope in his final outcome. A farmer sows and cultivates with the hope that there soon will be a bountiful harvest for him to reap while his work continues (see Romans 8:24–25, below).

Whenever it is available to receive an immediate promise from God, then the Bible tells us to have believing faith to realize that promise. But whenever we find promises in the Bible that we cannot presently have, then these are always in the category of hope, and hope is always future. Yet even hope will come to fulfillment when in the course of time we do reap, but the receiving of these are always on God’s timetable; believing is on our timetable and given to us by God at the precise moment in time that we truly believe to receive the promises in the Bible, promises that we have claimed in Jesus Christ’s name (Mark 9:23).

So then, Christians who are “only hoping” for God to bless them in the present tense rarely do receive any abundance (from God), while Christians who believe really do receive abundance (from God). Our needs are truly supplied as soon as the biblical requirement of believing is applied; thus, the descriptive term for Christians is “believers.” Jesus taught, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them” (Mark 11:24). Believing is so much more satisfying than simply hoping that something might happen for our immediate needs. Believing is for now – hope is for later, believing is powerful – hope is quiescent, believing appropriates the promises of God – hope is anticipating the future promises of God, believing is something you are in control of – hope is coming in the future and in God’s hands, believing is receiving – hope comforts with upcoming expectation.

There is also a third category that I like to call “impractical beliefs or hopes.” If one was to believe or hope for a slice of cheese from out of the moon, they would not receive it because the moon is not made out of cheese. We could believe or hope for awful, bad things to happen to people who have wronged us in the past, but this is really an ineffectual use of our time and effort. James 4:3 calls this asking amiss, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss.” We would be better off not believing or hoping for things that the Bible does not promise us; for instance, believing or hoping for someone to change their mind and “fall hopelessly in love with us” because God will not tamper with someone’s free will and force them to love. But, thankfully, we can inspire someone with the love of God to want to love without crossing any of the boundaries of one’s free will.

 Romans 8:24-25 (The Amplified Bible):**
-24: For in [this] hope we were saved {this hope is referring to “the redemption of our body” Romans 8:23, which will take place at a future moment, and thus it is called hope}. But hope [the object of] which is seen is not hope. For how can one hope for what he already sees?
-25: But if we hope for what is still unseen by us, we wait for it with patience and composure.

Notice that the Text says we were saved, yet the redemption of our bodies is still to happen, but with the hope, we have a definite salvation, it is our ever present hope for a glorious future, for it is already ours. We were saved is in the past tense to assure us that the hope of salvation is always ours, and that we cannot change this eternal truth no matter what we may believe, for God gives the hope, and that hope is in His hands to give. Thank God that hope is in His power to give, for I am sure we would mess it up along the way if it were up to us. Colossians 1:5 reveals that “the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,” is ever presently waiting, but out of our reach, for the hope is laid up for us in heaven. Yet the fullness of this hope will be a wonderful future experience for all believers, and thus we are encouraged to wait for it with patience. Hope is always to receive a future of blessings for our walking with God today. We will, after the return of Christ, be given all the blessings promised, yet today we patiently wait in hope to receive, and this hope is given to us now as it is Our Comfort in Hope.

I Thessalonians 5:8 encourages us to, “let us, who are of the day {i.e., enlightened by God’s Word}, be sober {minded}, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.” This helmet is our future hope of salvation, for hope encourages the mind of the believer to “take the helmet of salvation” (Ephesians 6:17) into our lives to the point that we are assured of our eternal destiny. This helmet helps to protect the mind wherein your believing emanates, for when doubts come at you about your true destiny of redemption, the helmet, your hope of salvation, is given to you to prevent those outside distractions from penetrating or disheartening your God-given hope in your future glory to ever be with the Lord (Colossians 3:4).

Is not God quite awesome to have given us promises to believe in for our immediate needs, and as well, other promises for our future that we may hope in and look forward to their fruition? And as we learn of these, our hope will continue to grow while we, with excited anticipation, look forward to these lovely things God has prepared for us.

Romans 15:13: 
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing {for our immediate needs}, that ye may abound in hope {for our future}, through the power of the Holy Ghost {holy spirit}.

Hope is not an elusive concept of speculation about our future, but something that can powerfully abound in our inner souls, for abounding hope allows the believer to enjoy this life without a doubt about their eternal destiny.

Romans 5:5: 
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost {holy spirit} which is given to us.

Where shame or doubt once lived in one’s soul, hope now can occupy that space, for where shame would have festered in one’s heart ― hope now permeates with the joy of experiencing the love of God. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed” (Philippians 1:20).

How many Christians are there who feel almost reticent or guilty just for being a believer, or embarrassed because they go to church, or ashamed for being associated with others who are of their same belief who have wrongfully abused their religion? But on the other hand, the Apostle Paul taught, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth” (Romans 1:16). Hope is what invigorates the believer to stand with God and fellow believers through adversity, and to help us endure the difficult times in life, because we have been given the hope of a blissful future.

The greatest hope that the Christian has is the return of Christ to gather us up together with him in the clouds.

Having hope, especially the hope of Christ’s return and our gathering together unto him maketh not ashamed, meaning just the opposite of shame, giving us something that we can indeed be so very proud of, as hope fills the desire in our hearts to want to tell anyone who will listen that Jesus is coming back. Paul said in I Corinthians 15:19, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” The context of this verse is that if we hope in Christ and our gathering together to be with him for eternity, and if he were not to return, then we should be the most wretched people on the planet for hoping in vain. However, and thank God, our hope is that Christ indeed is returning and then we will be gathered up and blessed for all eternity. For the present time, God has given to us His own love and the permission to believe His promises to us which will help sustain our lives as we continue to believe and enjoy His healing Word that guarantees our pleasurable expectations of divine hope.

I Thessalonians 4:12-13:
-12: That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without {without hope}, and that ye may have lack of nothing {by believing}.
-13: But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

Whenever you read in the Bible that God would not have you ignorant, it is because He wants you to be knowledgeable of something. In the upcoming verses from I Thessalonians, you will learn what God would have you to understand. You see, your God desires that you have, “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling” (Ephesians 1:18). The hope of his calling relates to being risen up to enjoy eternal life with your Savior. That ye sorrow not is the very reason that this section in I Thessalonians 4:12–18 is written, for we have been given a tremendous hope to ever be with the Lord.

Today we are spiritually risen with Christ (Ephesians 2:5–6), but in the future our God-given hope is to be physically changed and risen as Titus 2:13 confirms that we should be, “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Looking for this blessed hope (rather than being fearful of that great and glorious day), so we may humbly thank God because we have been given such a wonderful hope for that splendid day!

 Philippians 3:20-21 (The Amplified Bible):**
-20: But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) [as] Savior,
-21: Who will transform and fashion anew the body of our humiliation to conform to and be like the body of His glory and majesty, by exerting that power which enables Him even to subject everything to Himself.

See our wonderful hope in these verses? We will have our bodies completely changed, from short-term vessels to everlasting vessels that can sail through the heavenlies, and that, my friend, will be with a new, changed, glorious body! This is our assured hope.

I Thessalonians 4:14:  
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him {with Jesus}.

God in this verse is comforting the living, letting us know that the sleeping believers’ hope of the return of Christ is still true and still a future event and God has not forgotten them and He will bring them with us into heaven at the “gathering together” (II Thessalonians 2:1–2). The phrase sleep in Jesus refers to the believers who have passed away, believers who did have the hope of Christ returning for them will God bring with him up to heaven. We, the living, who also believe that Jesus died and rose again, will also be gathered up when Christ returns.

Psalms 17:15:  
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

This is a future promise of God revealed to us by King David, a promise that many past believers had hope in; it is the promise to wake up with thy likeness, the likeness of the Savior ― this same future promise is promised to all believers who have fallen asleep.

I Thessalonians 4:15: 
For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord {by revelation}, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord {Christ Jesus} shall not prevent {precede} them which are asleep.

This verse shows us the order in which believers will rise, the sleeping believers will be the first raised, and then we which are alive and remain here on earth will follow them up as the next verse will further detail. The Bible uses the word asleep for believers who have passed away, and it is an accurate translation, because Christ indeed will raise them from the dead. At that time, they will feel as though they just woke up from a good night’s sleep, only they will have new bodies that live for eternity! I Corinthians 15:42–44 sheds some tremendous light on this, “So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is {to be} a spiritual body.” What an amazing hope we have! “And as we have borne the image of the earthy {body}, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly {body}” (I Corinthians 15:49).

I Thessalonians 4:16: 
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;

When Christ returns, the sleeping (passed away) believers shall rise first; this is the order which the Bible reveals to us. When Christ returns during this “gathering together,” only he himself comes down as far as the clouds above, and the believes who were once alive will be raised up and out from among all the rest of the dead to meet Christ in the clouds. This is why the angel said to the Apostles in the Book of Acts 1:11 “this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” This is what the Apostles saw “while they beheld, he {Jesus} was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight” (Acts 1:9). Thus, the return of this same Jesus will be similar because believers will be gathered up in like manner to the gathering in the clouds, and from thence, it’s off to heaven ― oh, what a glorious hope we have!

Christ returning only as far as the clouds has nothing whatsoever to do with his return to earth, which will occur later. The events of his returning to earth are revealed in many Scriptures such as in Daniel, the Gospels, and Revelation. But this return should not be confused with our gathering and rising upwards, which is our expected hope. You see, Jesus’ literal return to the earth “cometh as a thief in the night” (I Thessalonians 5:2), totally unexpectedly. BUT, thankfully, we have been assured with the comfort of hope that we will be with Jesus (in heaven before II Peter 3:10 happens), and before he as the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to the earth, and that day will not “overtake you as a thief” (I Thessalonians 5:4). Thus, the day of the Lord cannot – will not – and is impossible to overtake you as a thief!

I Thessalonians 4:17: 
Then we {believers} which are alive and remain {here on earth} shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

This is the “gathering together;” this is your hope, to ever be with the Lord where everlasting reunions with families, loved ones, and friends will commence and never end. This is the hope that God in Christ has given you for your comfort, for your future goals, for at that time God will dry all your tears in the warmth and love of His divine presence. Your body will also be transformed from an earthly to a heavenly body, and from a mortal to an immortal being!

I Thessalonians 4:18: 
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

Hope is sort of like having a life insurance policy underwritten by the bank of God (offices located only in heaven), and delivered to you by God’s agent, Jesus Christ, and you, yes, only you will be doing the collecting! Oh what a glorious day for you to anticipate, the day when you gather up all the dividends you have coming, and mind you – with accumulated interest – talk about a rollover – wow – you will be rolling over with extreme joyfulness! Thus, we are encouraged to comfort one another with these words.

I John 3:1: 
BEHOLD, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

To BEHOLD is to admire, to recognize, and to fathom the actual love bestowed upon us by our heavenly Father. We are called the sons of God; this is an all-inclusive noun for all the children of God, male and female, young and old. God, being our Father, has given to us His own characteristics, namely (from the above verse) His love, of which the world has never known because the world has never really known or understood the Father. Jesus said, O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these {referring to believers} have known that thou hast sent me- John 17:25, and Jesus made known God (John 1:18) as our righteous Father, and His love He has bestowed upon us and this love we are encouraged to BEHOLD. Where is the fear? Where is the shame? Where is the doubt? Undoubtedly – not in God’s loving words to us, and truly – not in our comfort of hope, and certainly – not in our never-ending future!

I John 3:2: 
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and {in the future} it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

You and I could spend all day just considering this first word beloved, we are beloved of God, the Creator of heaven and earth! All I can say about this is, what a privilege we have been given! You see, we do not become the actual sons of God at some point in the future because Beloved, now are we the sons of God! However, in the future what it will really mean to be His sons and daughters is beyond our comprehension, thus, it doth not yet appear what we shall be. A great illustration of this can be observed from the Epistle of Romans 8:17, where it emphatically states that we are “heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ,” yet how can we truly grasp this awe-inspiring reality? Being heirs of everything that belongs to God is unfathomable, yet this is a part of our splendid hope; this hope is ours because we are not only heirs of God but we are also joint-heirs with Christ! God has made us heirs of heaven’s throne with every right and privilege that genuine, beloved sons and daughters deserve for their believing today.

The details have yet to be revealed on the significance of all that we truly have, but it would not hurt to look up at a night sky and at least look over some of our future inheritance. This we can know will be ours and hope for, because when Christ returns for us, then we will be just like him, “fashioned like unto his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). For then we will clearly see him as he currently is, as we look over and enjoy our complete inheritance.

When Christ was raised from the dead, he had a new body of unimaginable splendor. He could travel the lengths of the universe in the blink of an eye, appear and disappear at will, and be recognized only when he wanted to be recognized. This is how he is! This is how we will see him when he returns. This is how we will be when he returns. What an amazing, glorious hope we have been given! This makes life go from just manageable to downright exciting ― this is given to us for our daily Comfort.

Just knowing the outcome makes it easier to not fret the small things, and the larger things easier to believe positively to overcome in today’s world. II Corinthians 4:17 says, “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” What this verse means is that every pressure we endure today ― called, our light affliction, is in reality minuscule in duration (is but for a moment), compared to the amount of everlasting blessings that we will receive in heaven for enduring through all the pressure of this current hour. Corinthians continues, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (II Corinthians 4:18).

Our example is Jesus who saw his ultimate destiny, which made it possible for him to endure the pressures of crucifixion. “Who {Jesus} for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising {setting aside or ignoring} the shame, and is {now} set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). Jesus’ seat at the right hand of God was his hope, was the joy that was set before him, as it is our hope. Jesus was enabled to ignore the shame of being nailed to a cross. He was perfect and sinless and always had done only good, yet he was despised, cursed, beaten, and ridiculed, and what strengthened him was hope, the helmet of salvation, for this showed him the joy that God set before him. We have been given this same amazing hope, the hope that displaces shame, as this same hope with joy is now set before us.

 I John 3:3: 
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

To become what God’s Word promises we will become ― that is our hope, and as we put our trusting hope in this, we become purified (today) as much as Christ is pure. The hope of Jesus Christ’s return purifies the hearts and souls of believers today because the hope itself is a pure hope, inspirationally uplifting. You see, we can sometimes mess up when we believe (see the third category above, “impractical beliefs or hopes”), but we cannot mess up our glorious hope, thank God.

Hope in Christ’s return for you will continue to purify you equally and proportionately to the purity of Christ himself. The hope that purifies assures the believer that he or she can presently enjoy wonderful days of hoping. The believer can know that he or she already is destined to be an elite member of God’s heavenly family (Ephesians 2:19–22), because the believer has been called by His Excellency, the Creator of the heavens and earth to be His very own child who may enjoy His love that is currently within our hearts. How many people are there out there, even in Christendom, who fear their future? But what an awesome calling and hope we have been guaranteed! As we continue anticipating the hope, our hope of Christ’s return for us, we will continuously purify our heart and mind to the pure healing Word of God ― this in truth is Our Comfort in Hope.

II Timothy 4:7–8 (The Amplified Bible):**
-7: I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.
-8: [As to what remains] henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day ― and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return) {our splendid hope}.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE, Old Testament copyright (c) 1965, 1989 by the Zondervan Corporation.
Used by permission.

**Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

The Word of God Is Quick and Powerful (The Longer 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 to be alive or to impart life. It is the opposite of lifeless, for the Word of God is alive, living, and real, unlike the average book that oftentimes contains information that 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; our English words for kinetic, active, energetic, and exercised energy comes from energees. Jesus, when speaking about the Scriptures said, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Jesus understood just how quick and powerful the living Word of God can be when placed and believed in a believer’s heart, for those living words can sustain godly thoughts and intents that guide our steps along life’s path to the Creator of life.

Ephesians 6:17:
And take {receive for yourself} the helmet of salvation, and {receive also} the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

The word take in the Greek Text is the word for receive, receive to oneself; rather than to take; you see, we receive the protective helmet of salvation when we become saved, and we are also encouraged to receive the sword of the Spirit, which, as the Scripture points out, is the word of God. This sword is offered, not for impairment (as one normally thinks of the function of a sword), but to bless, to encourage, and to exhort our endeavors to enjoy life being immersed in the graceful quick and powerful Word of God. We have the God-given permission to receive our helmet of salvation and the word of God into our lives for they will help perfect our fellowship with our heavenly Father, and Christ Jesus, our risen Lord and Savior. One way that Hebrews 4:12 could begin is that “the Word of God is living energy,” because the words in the Scripture are the very life and essence of God’s power, as Peter confessed to Jesus about the spirit and life that were conveyed through the words he spoke: “thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:68), and this is why the Word of God is still so quick and powerful to this very day.

God’s Word, even now “effectually worketh also in you that believe” (I Thessalonians 2:13), and the reason that the principles in the Word still effectually worketh is because of its life-giving properties. When and as the Word of God is believed in the heart it will produce “joy and rejoicing” (Jeremiah 15:16), for the Word is an enabling, spiritual powerbase that men and women of God may rely upon, not only in times of need but also in times of prosperity and abundance. Believing is how the words of God that we have placed in our hearts (Psalms 119:11) become energized into spiritual, living energy as it enlightens the human mind with “testimonies” that are “everlasting” (Psalms 119:144). The Word itself is a great and rewarding treasure (Psalms 119:62) when placed in the hearts of believers as they continue receiving the delights recorded and released from within the words of God.

God’s Word is also sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit. Sometimes we confuse the soul and the spirit, using them interchangeably, quite often thinking they are the same thing. This misunderstanding causes no problems when found in the literature of man; however, in the powerful literature of eternity, they mean two separate things that when divided accurately will bring spiritual insight into our lives. The amazing 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 at the very moment we took our first breath, and when we take our last breath – our soul is gone. The soul gives us physical, mortal life (I Corinthians 15:50). 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; and II Corinthians 5:5). The spirit gives us spiritual, immortal, everlasting life (Romans 8:11).

I was once told that science has yet to distinguish between where the marrow of a joint ends and where the joint actually begins, and thus there is no scalpel or laser (or two-edged sword) that could sever the two parts perfectly. True or not, the light in the Word is so brightly sharp that it can distinguish the difference. After all, God should know the difference, for He formed the human body, made the soul, and created the spirit within. Marrow imparts the essence of the life within the body, and the joints imply the movement of life, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28). The life of the soul gives one the ability to live here (on earth); the spirit gives one the ability to live there (in the eternity of everlasting heaven). So biblically, there is a huge difference between the soul and spirit and between the marrow and joints, yet they work in concert and in complete harmony with the quick and powerful Word of God to impart spiritual understanding and wisdom.

Isaiah 55:11:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void {or 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, and will work as it promises when we believe (I Thessalonians 2:13). The wonderful Word that came from the mouth of God, which He sent and gave to us, is priceless, for all Scripture is the inspiration of God (II Timothy 3:16), as Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Psalms 107:20 reads that, “He {God} sent His Word and healed them,” and this is why His Word will prosper us and reveal spiritual health to our minds, for we are those to whom God has sent His quick and powerful Word.

Jesus was also sent by God, as Jesus is the living Word (John 1:14), and he being the Word becomes our window into spiritual understanding. Jesus Christ is the golden thread that leads one’s heart to God Himself and is the reason God sent His Son to us. In our e-Booklet series, The Golden Thread (available in our online bookstore), we disclose from the Bible many of the details of the principles Jesus taught so that the reader may have and experience for themselves the spiritual rewards that he reveals throughout the Scriptures while bringing to light the realities of the living God. Jesus said in John 12:45, “And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” When and as we, from the Scriptures, see Jesus as the living Word, then we will see and understand that Jesus is quick and powerful – the living energy that God provided by his lovingkindness to sustain us. Even to this day, Jesus is what will prosper the believer from within, for he is the healing Word that we may invite into our lives (Revelation 3:20), as he leads us into “life eternal.”

John 17:3; and 25–26:
-3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
-25: O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these {his disciples, believers like you and I} have known that thou hast sent me.
-26: And I have declared unto them thy name, and will {even to this very day} declare it {and why?}: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

In Hebrews 4:12, the Greek word for marrow is muelos, and from the word muelos we get the Latin word medulla. The Greek word for joints is harmos, and the only place in the human body where the two, the marrow (medulla) and joints actually connect are at the medulla oblongata located at the base of the brain. The medulla oblongata connects the brain and the upper spine. All other marrow in the human body is basically encased by bone, and bones connect to joints, muscles, ligaments, etc., rather than the marrow connecting directly to joints, and thus the medulla oblongata is the probable place in the body that Hebrews 4:12 is referring to with the words muelos and harmos. Verse 12 is stating the simple point that God’s Word can reach deeply in our lives, even into the innermost places of our beings to enlighten our hearts, and that just as the muelos and harmos have specific purposes and tasks that literally connect to every one of our body functions through the medulla oblongata, so can the quick and powerful Word positively affect every part of our spiritual well-being.

The words dividing asunder in Hebrews 4:12 do not literally mean to cut apart or to sever apart, but to separate between different things, to clearly distinguish separate parts, such as between the soul and spirit, or the joints and marrow, or the thoughts and intents of the heart. To experience God working in our lives we need to acknowledge what He gave to us, and that is specifically His Word, i.e., Jesus Christ – he is our Savior, and he is the embodiment of the quick and powerful Word living within our hearts to help direct and support our lives as we learn to walk with our heavenly Father.

God’s Word is also a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. The word discerner means that the quick and powerful Word critiques, and what the Word critiques is the heart. The heart in the Bible represents our innermost being, where we think and reason things out and make decisions. When we have the quick and powerful Word in our hearts, we can make discernments that are based on biblical truths and concepts. The word thoughts mean our emotions, and the word intents mean our ideas or notions that we can carry out in our actions. Thoughts lead to our intents, our intents will critique biblical endeavors to help us walk in a heartfelt relationship with God through Christ, our Savior, as promised. Just as the head (the inner heart), inspires the body into actions (or movements); the living Word inspires the individual believer’s heart into walking with God through Christ.

I John 4:9:
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live {moment by moment, even today} through him.

God’s Word and His love softens the most hardhearted hearts and warms the soul as it reaches into the innermost depths of our thought processes to enlighten our inner souls. The quick and powerful Word lifts up the downtrodden, comforts the bereaved, and encourages those who have lost hope, as the penetrating Word gives men and women the joy of inspiring them, individually, to become more Christ-like disciples. Romans 10:8 reveals, “The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach,” and this word of faith (the Word that builds and strengthens one’s faith) is introduced in our own hearts by the Physician of the heart – Jesus Christ. He can bring us back up from the brink of all despair and from all the peripheries of hopelessness as he delivers and shows us the way into complete and endearing fellowship with our heavenly Father.

Hebrews 4:13 discloses, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” The two words to do are only one word in the Greek Text, and that is the word logos, and the logos means the Word of God, and according to the context, this Word of God is what He sees within the heart of His beloved children. God has given us His quick and powerful Word so that we have something uncommonly good and in common with Him, His wonderful, empowering Word. Receiving and enjoying this is the beginning of everlasting fellowship as His Word continues to permeate and uplift our hopes and dreams from within our hearts, and this is doing something wonderful before His eyes! The Psalmist wrote, “The counsel of the LORD standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart {are} to all generations” (Psalms 33:11), and yes, this includes our generation in this day and time. Just mulling the wonderful Word around in our minds and allowing the thoughts of his heart to filter up into our hearts will cultivate godly concepts and produce inspired actions, these are things God not only will never forget, but He will reward our efforts forever and ever.

Psalms 16:11; and 37:18:
-11: Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
-18: The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever.

Folks so very often dispute and refute the words of life, never allowing the words in the perpetual manuscript of eternity to take root and spring to life in the fruitful ground of their hearts, “But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit” (Matthew 13:23). Oh what a blessing it is to really begin enjoying the fruitful Word of God that will produce eternal fruit that we may share not only with other believers, but with our heavenly Father, divine fruits such as love, joy, and peace. This is the reward that we have, as we “are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience” (Luke 8:15). To bring forth fruit with patience is to enjoy the benefits of the spiritual fruit for all eternity, because the Word of God “liveth and abideth for ever” (I Peter 1:23).

Psalms 119:111:
Thy testimonies {God’s Word} have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.

I Peter 1:25:
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you {and what is preached unto you “is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach” Romans 10:8}.

Hebrews 4:12 shows that the living Word will critique the very thoughts and emotions that men and women have, not only about life but also about how to be pleasing to God. The living Word itself critiques the thoughts and emotions of our hearts, guiding us into deeper understandings and revelations of God Himself (Ephesians 1:17–20), and of Jesus Christ who said, “I have given them thy word” (John 17:14), because, The Word of God is quick and powerful.

John 17:20–26 (The Amplified Bible):*
-20: {Jesus is praying to God his Father.} Neither for these alone {Jesus’ disciples in the first century} do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching,
-21: That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.
-22: I have given to them the glory and honor which You have given Me, that they may be one [even] as We are one:
-23: I in them and You in Me, in order that they may become one and perfectly united, that the world may know and [definitely] recognize that You sent Me and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me.
-24: Father, I desire that they also whom You have entrusted to Me [as Your gift to Me] may be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory, which You have given Me [Your love gift to Me]; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
-25: O just and righteous Father, although the world has not known You and has failed to recognize You and has never acknowledged You, I have known You [continually]; and these men understand and know that You have sent Me.
-26: I have made Your Name known to them and revealed Your character and Your very Self, and I will continue to make [You] known, that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them [felt in their hearts] and that I [Myself] may be in them.

I Thessalonians 2:13; and 5:23–24 (The Amplified Bible):*
-13: And we also [especially] thank God continually for this, that when you received the message of God [which you heard] from us, you welcomed it not as the word of [mere] men, but as it truly is, the Word of God, which is effectually at work in you who believe [exercising its superhuman power in those who adhere to and trust in and rely on it].
-23: And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
-24: Faithful is He Who called you [to Himself] and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it [fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you].

Hebrews 4:12 (The Amplified Bible):*
For the Word of God that 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 the 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.

*Scripture taken from THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE.
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