Dissection #10: The Inner Goo from the Outer Bone

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. (Hebrews 4:12)

For the [logos] is [alive] and [effectual’ and [of single-stroke efficiency] (moreso) than any [double-edged] [knife] (penetrating) even (to the point of) (being able to) (separate) (soul – or mind, will and emotions) from (spirit), and of [the outer bones and joints/connectors of the skeletal system) from the [inner goo – marrow] (or, the structure from the essence), and is a [judge] of (one’s) [thinking] and one’s [moral understanding] (or, one’s thoughts and true motives) of the [mind].

The Word of God is alive and effective for every aspect of our lives; it c an cut straight through to the meat of the matter, separating out the physical and emotional cores of our living organisms from the spiritual; it will show us the differences between the inner man and the outer man; the thoughts and motives of our hearts. This is why we rely on our bible; it is our control panel.

Thomas Wilson, A Christian Dictionary (1612)

Good word of God. sig: The will of God reuealed in Scriptures, which teacheth a good life, and promiseth good things, and makes vs Good, being Good in it selfe: and therefore, it is called [The Good Word of God.] Hebr. 6, 4. And haue tasted of the good Worde of God.

The Word of God, we read, is quick – “alive.” It is powerful — a source of energy. Noah Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language (1828) defines “powerful” as “able to produce great effects; exerting great force or energy; as a powerful eloquence.” Interesting, power has two different and intangible qualities, force and eloquence; intention and words.

The Word has the power bequeathed by God to bring to life the deadened spirit. The Lord uttered the universe into being. And His Word also animates our ashen and deadwood spiritual innards. I know His Word did that for me; have you let the Word change you also? Today, I commented to two friends while soulwinning that before I was saved by Jesus Christ, which begins as a Word we read in the Bible and hear about in church and elsewhere, and then, when we begin to believe in this Word, describing this person, it begins to take on a life within us. But anyway, before I got saved, I had never done a nice thing in my life. Now there’s a measure of deadness for you. Some people spend their whole life doing good things but never get saved; others like me spend their whole life doing selfish and bad things and then get saved so that we can spend the rest of our lives doing good. But that’s more of an ancillary point. What I am trying to do is discuss how powerful the Word is.

The Word of God, when we read it, will reveal to us the Will of God, and not just the literal meaning, but the spiritual intent of the message. It happens in every passage, which is why each line can speak in a chorus of related voices, expressing different levels of application. When Jesus spoke he frequently spoke in parables, but his whole message reads like a parable about the spiritual realm, even though he often spoke in literal, real world terms (like the Good Samaritan story, it was about a real person, but explained things about human nature in totally spiritually terms). The stories of Jesus Christ work on multiple levels, and that to me is the most powerful kind of language – not complicated and verbose, but deep and alive, or, Paul the Apostle commented, quick and powerful.

The Word of God has more strength than a weapon, but it is unlike a weapon because it has no form unless we are talking about Christ, who is not here physically but is ruling in heaven before his return to our sphere. I Corinthians 10:4 says, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal… And the center of that power is not a physical thing, like a weapon or a muscle or a generator, but a Word, an “eloquence,” the Word that was with God and that was God. (John 1:1, paraphrased). I am glad I heard the Word; it is a Word most worth hearing. Let us hear it…

Lastly, the Word tells us about our own thinking — the naked thoughts and the raw intentionality of each notion. It is often hard to see oneself objectively unless the Bible, cracked open on the table, is serving as the lens. I need to use Scripture to prove what is that good and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Romans 12:2). If it is not reflected in Scripture, then it is separated from God and is of little use to the spirit. At this point in life, it is essential for me to make sure that my thoughts are in line with the will of God, and that can readily and easily be obtained by learning His words as reflected in the dark mirror of Scripture. Have you read today?




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