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is alive, living, and real, unlike the average book that oftentimes contains information that becomes obsolete and/or outdated.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.
The Amplified New Testament copyright (c) 1958, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation.
Used by permission.

Touchdown (The Longer Version)

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

John 3:16 is a verse of Scripture sometimes seen held up by fans seated behind the goalpost at football games and other sporting events, though less often in recent times, as it appears that God is slowly being kicked out of our stadiums, too. Thankfully, there is no power on earth that can maneuver a trick play and cause penalties that could expel God and His Son from our heart’s foundation or separate us from their heavenly love for us (Romans 8:37-39). “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (I John 4:4). I titled this Bible study “Touchdown” because John 3:16 is the greatest and loveliest event that has ever happened in the world.

John 3:16:
For God so loved the world {i.e., the people in the world}, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Our goal is heaven; our final destiny is to be with God to enjoy our everlasting life in the end zone of heavenly pastures, where we will play and run on heavenly turf, as there are no losers on God’s team! God has given eternal life to us who believe in the completed work of His Son, Jesus Christ who while on the front line, down in the trenches, died for our sins, and made our reception of eternity a reality in the world’s stadium.

John 3:17:
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him {through the accomplishments and completed work of Jesus Christ} might be saved.

God in love gave His Son, and in turn, His Son by his own free will was not only willing, but indeed did give his life for you and for me. It was Jesus himself who knew that it would take the love of God within himself to accomplish the task before him to secure our salvation. When we confess and believe in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, we will score the everlasting life that God passed to us through His Son. This was not a Hail Mary pass, and not a blind, shot in the dark, but with perfect execution of the game plan of life, as God, “called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (I Peter 2:9).

Romans 10:9-10:
-9: That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
-10: For with the heart man believeth unto {God’s very own} righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto {your very own} salvation.

The resurrection of Jesus literally kicked off a new age wherein anyone on earth can come down from the stands as mere spectators to actually participate and enjoy the celebration of our reception of victorious salvation. When we believe in the resurrection and confess Jesus as our Lord, we become team members (on God’s team) who have received the greatest reception of all time — our salvation! Jesus Christ is the world’s hope; he is the thread who connects our hearts to our heavenly Father’s love and His offer of salvation which is a walk-on invitation for one and all to be on God’s team and score eternity.

Coming to know the prophesied (game) plan of our redemption, and learning how Jesus Christ, the Captain of our salvation, fulfilled the Scriptures for our redemption is an awesome daily adventure, as he strengthens our desires to be successful in the arena of life.

I John 4:10-12:
-10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation {the filled payment} for our sins.
-11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
-12: No man hath seen God at any time. {But} If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

From these verses, we see the depths of God’s love for us, that He always has loved us even before we ever gave Him a thought, before we were born or took our seat in the stadium of life, for God, “hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). In God’s eyes we were all first round draft picks, and scouted before the world began. We may enjoy the truth in the game plan of the ages, that God has not only — always loved us, but now He wants us to share His love by handing off His love to one another so that we may all share in the glory of His victorious love (John 17:20-26). II Thessalonians 2:13 reads “God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation.” The timing of God’s unending love for us was from before the foundation of the world, and from the beginning, so He had a long wait for us to come around and accept the eternal truth that we are worthy to be so loved by His Excellency!

The absolute proof of God’s love for us was that He sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. This is the basis for encouraging us with the awesome privilege to return His love to Him in the true running game of life by handing off His love to one another. Today we are in the trenches, down on the front lines, facing the offences of darkness, hopelessness, and despair, and there we are encouraged to stand our ground and advance God’s love by fending off, blocking, and taking down the darkness with the light of love in our hearts. We may become athletes of the spirit, wherein we can “quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Ephesians 6:16). We may huddle up with our heavenly Father in our prayer life and receive a game plan for each day and enjoy daily victories as God protects our blindside. We have been called to be defenders of the faith with the truth and love of God in our hearts.

Colossians 3:15:
And let the peace of God rule {umpire or referee} in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

God’s peace is our arbitrator, our heavenly Father is our eternal coach, His Word is our rulebook, and His son, Jesus Christ, is our Captain who sends in the plays to “love one another” (John 13:24-25), as grace and peace is “multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.”

II Peter 1:2-8:
-2: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
-3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
-4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
-5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
-6: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
-7: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
-8: For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus willingly gave himself for us, he died for us, and he was raised for us, so that we could experience the love of God in us. We currently also have the same love of God that Jesus Christ had when he gave himself for our sins so that we would be eternally worthy to enjoy the love of God. The celebration of this reception of God’s love is not only enjoyed today, but we are invited upstairs to the eternal pro-bowl as the honored guest where we will also partake in the greatest after-party of all time in the heavenlies at the right hand of God where there will be pleasures and treasures for evermore. When we apply this God-given love in our lives, we can be assured of knowing and realizing that God Himself dwells in us, causing us to personally experience the greatest touchdown of all time.

Psalms 16:11:
Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Matthew 22:37-40:
-37: Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
-38: This is the first and great commandment.
-39: And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
-40: On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

“Sometimes it seems like God is difficult to find and impossibly far away. We get so caught up in our small daily duties and irritations that they become the only things that we can focus on. What we forget is that God’s love and beauty are all around us, every day, if only we would take the time to look up and see them.” ~Matthias~

“For centuries now we’ve tried everything else; the power of wealth, of mighty armies and navies, and machinations (scheming) of diplomats. All have failed. Before it’s too late, and time is running out, let us turn from trust in the chain reactions of exploding atoms to faith of the chain reaction of God’s love. Love — love of God and fellow men. That is God’s formula for peace. Peace on earth to men of good will.” ~Richard Cardinal Cushing~

“John 3:16 contains the most preeminent love story ever told:

For God — the supreme Creator and our heavenly Father,
so loved the world — the loveliest act of a commitment ever made,
that He gave — the ultimate present,
His only begotten Son — the most perfect being,
that whosoever believeth in him — the greatest offering to one and all,
should not perish — the endless promise,
but have everlasting life — this is your eternal reward.” ~LMJ~