Scripture: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 ESV
Observation: The author of Hebrews places the above verse near the end of a passage that promises rest for the people of God (3:7-4:13). But he cautions us to guard against hardening our hearts toward God and instead remain united in our faith as one body in Christ. How so? By encouraging one another in obedience to the Lord’s will, which leads to the above verse that points us to Scripture as our guide.
Takeaway: So, what do we know about Scripture? First and foremost, it is alive. Where other great writings through history inspire us to change, Scripture is uniquely living and invokes change. Indeed, Christ is the Word, and he spoke all creation into existence (John 1:1-3). The Author of life created us and, through the transforming work of his Holy Spirit and the Word, is transforming us into his likeness (Ephesians 4:24).
So how does this living Word of God effectuate our transformation? By “discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Implied here is the orchestration of the Holy Spirit, who uses the Scripture to quicken our consciences and speak to our souls. And, as verse 13 indicates, all of us are exposed to the scrutiny of the Holy Spirit. He reveals our blindspots with his truth and grace. He grants us the courage to agree with his truth regarding our sins and assures us that Christ’s grace is enough to cover our sins. But this entire sanctification process depends on us abiding in the living Word (John 15:1-11) and by cooperating with his Holy Spirit, who inculcates his words into every aspect of our lives.
Prayer: Father God, we thank you for the gift of your Son, our living Word. Would you please help us to submit to Scripture under the direction of your Holy Spirit that we might find rest in you and your Son? Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling