R. A. Torrey once said: “You may talk about power; but, if you neglect the one Book that God has given you as the one instrument through which He imparts and exercises His power, you will not have it. You may read many books and go to many conventions and you may have your all-night prayer meetings to pray for the power of the Holy Ghost; but unless you keep in constant and close association with the one Book, the Bible, you will not have power.”
Hebrews 4:12 “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.”
The “Word of God” is also known as:
1. The Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:1, 14) 2. The Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:16) 3. The Book/Bible (Biblos – Revelation 22:19)
The Bible contains 66 books (39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament) written by about 40 different holy men. However, God was the One who inspired the Bible by moving holy men to pen down the words that are written in the Bible.
2 Peter 1:20-21 “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. Vs 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
The scriptures contain God’s moral law, historical events, poetic songs, wisdom by proverbs, prophetic accounts, testimonies of the Gospel, and letters written to Churches and individuals.
Notice nature and impact of the “The Word of God is”
“… quick, and powerful…”
1.The Law of God – Psalm 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul” 2. The Wisdom of God – vs 8 “…the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.” 3. The Gospel of God – Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;”
“…and sharper than any twoedged sword…”
There are many twoedged swords that will slice through flesh and bones, and only appeal to men’s carnal being. However, God’s Sword can pierce through the spiritual being of a person, and dissect and discern the heart’s intentions.
“…piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow…”
Man is a living soul and also an eternal being. The Word of God is able to help distinguish the difference between the two and enlighten a person to value spiritual things rather than carnal things; eternal things rather than temporal things.
“…and is a discerner of the thoughts…”
1. The thoughts (What we think about/on) - Good thoughts or bad thoughts
2 Corinthians 10:5 “Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
“…and intents of the heart.”
2. The motives (What we are really up to) - Good intentions or bad intentions
Psalm 26:2 “Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.”
I heard of a story of a man named Gipsy Smith. Mr Smith knew a man who said he had received no inspiration from the Bible although he had “gone through it several times.” “Let it go through you once,” replied Smith, “Then you will tell a different story!”