Word of God Cuts

I was just listening to online Christian Radio other day, where the preacher was using Spurgeon description of God’s word. CH Spurgeon describes the word of God as a double edged sword as mentioned in the bible. It cuts all ways! There is no blunt edge to it, meaning no place to hold without being cut! Thus anybody who holds the word of God, it even cuts oneself, convict oneself.

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. Heb 4:12

… These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. Rev 12:2

Hebrews 4:12 the word sword there refers to a short sword, sharp and deadly, full of accuracy.
(Amazing, I was looking online for CH Spurgeon on this description and it was found here the next day! )

However in Rev 4:12 the word Sword there is of a different word clearly shows it’s the kind of Big Sword, double edged.
I do not study hebrew nor greek, so I go by faith what I hear, of course if it makes sense.

The Word is A Sword
by C H Spurgeon
It may be most accurate to interpret this passage as relating both to the Word of God incarnate, and the Word of God inspired.
Christ and His Word must go together. What is true of the Christ is here predicated both of Him and of His Word.
It is “quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.”
1. The Word of God is said to be “quick.” It is a living Book. Take up any other book except the Bible, and there may be a measure of power in it, but there is not that indescribable vitality in it which breathes, and speaks, and pleads, and conquers in the case of this sacred volume. It is a living and incorruptible seed. It moves, it stirs itself, it lives, it communes with living men as a living Word. That human system which was once vigorous may grow old, and lose all vitality; but the Word of God is always fresh, and new, and full of force. Here, in the Old and New Testaments, we have at once the oldest and the newest of books.
2. The Word is said to be “powerful,” or “active.” The Word of God is powerful for all sacred ends. How powerful it is to convince men of in!
How powerful it is for conversion!
3. Next, the apostle tells us that this Word is cutting, A sword with without edges has no blunt side: it cuts both this way and that. The revelation of God given us in Holy Scripture is edge all over. It is alive in every part, and in every part keen to cut the conscience, and wound the heart. Depend upon it, there is not a superfluous verse in the Bible, nor a chapter which is useless. Doctors say of certain drugs that they are inert — they have no effect upon the system one way or the other. Now, there is not an inert passage in the Scriptures; every line has its virtues.
4. It is piercing. While, it has an edge like a sword, it has also a point like a rapier. The difficulty with some men’s hearts is to get at them. In fact, there is no spiritually penetrating the heart of any natural man except by this piercing instrument, the Word of God. Into the very marrow of the man the sacred truth will pass, and find him out in a way in which he
cannot even find himself out.
5. The Word of God is discriminating. It divides asunder soul and spirit. Nothing else could do that, for the division is difficult.
6. Once more, the Word of God is marvelously revealing to the inner self. It pierces between the joints and marrow, and marrow is a thing not to be got at very readily. The Word of God gets at the very marrow of our manhood; it lays bare the secret thoughts of the soul.
1. Let us greatly reverence the Word of God.
2. Let us, whenever we feel ourselves dead, and especially in prayer, get close to the Word, for the Word of God is alive.
3. Whenever we feel weak in our duties, let us go to the Word of God, and the Christ in the Word, for power; and this will be the best of power.
4. If you need as a minister, or a worker, anything that will cut your hearers to the heart, go to this Book for it.
5. If we want to discriminate at any time between the soul and the spirit, and the joints and marrow, let us go to the Word of God for discrimination.
6. And lastly, since this Book is meant to be a discerner or critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart, let the Book criticise us. (C. H. Spurgeon.)


~ by ymsim on 2010/02/03.

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