1. We have to do, then, with a God of love as our Creator.II. Cutting.5. This sword can hew in pieces the most stony heart in the world; to see what blindness in the understanding, what frowardness in the affections. And, therefore, with all the differences which there may be amongst men, differences in dispositions and tempers, partly from nature and partly from education, we still take the Scriptural characteristic as actually belonging to every one; and holding up this characteristic, we affirm that we hold up the perfect image or likeness of each man or each woman, without a solitary exception; and we boldly make our appeal to every hearer of the Word, and demand of him whether the preacher do not morally affect such an exhibition of him to himself, that that Word may most justly be described as — "a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart"? 1. It was typified in the promise of Canaan — typified, but certainly not fulfilled — more certainly not exhausted. See to it, "for to whom much is given, of him shall be much required."VIII. When health is used up, money used up, and sound human senses used up, Christianity begins."(C. 1. Such knowledge is too awesome for me, it is high I cannot attain it. The living Life wrote itself upon other lives; they in their turn wrote it upon others, ere yet a page of Gospel Scripture was written — on purpose that the distinction between ,' letter" and "spirit" might be kept ever fresh and vital, on purpose that the characteristic of the new revelation might never fade or be lost sight of, how that it is God speaking in His Son, God speaking, and God bidding man to make reply. The truest morality and the highest spirituality are both the direct product of God's revelation. The word of God is as a seed, within it is the code that can reproduce the original in you. Oh that Christ would sing, pray, love, live in me! Stanford, D. D.)An all-seeing GodJ. The power of the Word of God to create distinct dispensations and yet maintain their fundamental unity, to distinguish between masses of men and yet cause all the separate threads of human history to converge and at last meet, is the same power which judges the inmost thoughts and inmost purposes of the heart. But when the Spirit of God works on their minds they cry most piteously. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. We have to do with God fundamently and pre-eminently as our CREATOR Whence came we? )The Word self-revealingM. In the consolation of the mourner. "Even to the dividing of soul and spirit;" not dividing the soul from the spirit, but dividing the soul itself and the spirit itself. This is only because the hearers are utterly inattentive; because they give no heed whatever to the statements of the preacher; but go through the business of the sanctuary as a matter of form, in which they have no interest. Sometimes they may be senseless, and have no feeling of the cutting of the Word, as those in Jeremiah; nay, they may even scoff at the Word preached, as the Pharisees did (Luke 16:14); their consciences may be seared up, and feel not the sword when it cutteth; as they that be in a lethargy, they may inwardly fret and fume, be in a pelting chafe with the preacher for reproving sins, as Ahab with Micaiah, and Jezebel with Elias, yet but like mad dogs, that sit biting of the chain wherewith they are tied, but not break the chain. Arvine.The celebrated Linnaeus always testified, in his conversations, writings, and actions, the greatest sense of God's omniscience; yea, he was so strongly impressed with the idea that he wrote over the door of his library, Innocui vivite, Numen adest — "Live innocently, God is present."(K. Thus we reach the double text, which tells of the impossibility of eluding God's judgment by any differences of circumstance, or by any counterfeits of character. It will move upon the mass of corruption; it will convince of sin; it will change the love of sin into the love of holiness; and will, if applied and carried out by the Church's wisdom, bring the wayward and ungodly affections into a stale of self-denying discipline, into humble submission to the Divine will.2. 5. 3. It is diversified according to circumstances, but the whole is based upon this principle — love to God and love to man. "Comfort one another with these words. "Mother," asked a child, "since nothing is ever lost, where do all thoughts go?" )God knows allGold Dust. )Conviction by the WordD. So judging ourselves, we shall not be judged. Stanford, D. D.)An all-seeing GodJ. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a ", 2. It will lay the heart open, and betray the secret filthiness, and all the sluttish corners of sin that be in it. It is common to view sin, even when it is acknowledged and condemned by the transgressor, in the light simply of its effects on society, or the injury it inflicts on a man's own reputation, property, or health; but when the Divine Word penetrates the soul with a convertine power, it is no longer regarded with reference only to its personal or temporal consequences, but as an atrocious violation of the law and an insult to the glory of God. This consecrates for him the new and living way, by which, not in hesitation, not as a peradventure, but in calm faith and trust — not forgetting the realities of sin and the Fall, but seeing them at once recognised and overborne by a mightier revelation of love — the " word " of the man meets the "Word" of his God, on the strength of that "Word made flesh," which is the reconciler and the harmoniser of the two. "The Bible," says Dr. Parker, "exposes the very innermost recesses of human nature; sets a light where no other hand ever placed a candle; lights up the pathways of our most secret life and thought; and we begin to feel that the book we must shut up when we are going to do evil is God's Book. Ah! We have to do with Him as our bounteous BENEFACTOR, our gracious Attender, and the Fatherly Provider of all we have. in Mary Magdalen, when it cast out seven devils out of her? The characteristics of the Divine Word as given in the text, which we have endeavoured to illustrate, should induce the individual inquiry, What am I doing to obstruct or to sustain its influence in my own soul? It was situated on the side of a hill, and from his attic window he could get a view of every portion of the land. THERE IS " NO CREATURE THAT IS NOT MANIFEST IN HIS SIGHT"; yea, "all things are naked and open to His eyes." In clotting out a tumour, an inch in diameter, they sit and talk as if they felt nothing. In the services of religion, the common business of life, the mysteries of death, the solemnities of judgment, and the issues of eternity, we " have to do with" him. The Word of God enters into my inmost soul and heart-life, and as a judge both unveils and condemns; what hitherto was hidden, is uncovered; what was disguised, unveiled; what was falsely called good and spiritual, appears now in the bright light of God's countenance; the thoughts and intents of the hearts are discerned. Let us all acknowledge the power of this wonderful Word. Where reason stops short, the Word of God appeals to the supernatural faculty of faith; and when conscience grows blunt, the Word makes conscience, like itself, sharper than any two-edged sword. The characteristics of this Divine Word are manifested in the effects of it upon the heart, in producing sanctification. Wisdom Literature 1. The word of God is as a seed, within it is the code that can reproduce the original in you. It is doing what all the philosophy in the world could never do. III. And then there will be no conversion, though there have been conviction, and that, too, through his own listlessness, his own indifference, and not through any want of truth in this emphatic declaration — "The Word of God is quick and powerful," &c. Now, let us recur again to that very important and interesting matter, the self-evidencing power of the Bible. 2. It was enough to cause the ancient Roman to be circumspect, if the words" Cato sees you "were whispered in his ear. But, thankful as we ought to be for this great privilege, do we know also the majesty and the power of the Word of God? "(Samuel Hayes.) "The Word of God is quick." its precepts, how holy! A. Cox, D. D.)The Word of God likened to a swordF. Bow is it that ye cannot infer Deity from the Divine — the Emmanuel presence from the Emmanuel character? Poetical Books We also are passing through a great crisis. When the preacher is speaking, the Word doth so pierce the hearts of the hearers, as that many in the church imagine that the preacher is acquainted with their sins. It says, there is a word of God somewhere. Burnet.When we perceive that a vast number of objects enter in at our eye by a very small passage, and yet are so little jumbled in that crowd that they open themselves regularly, though there is no great space for that either, and that they give us a distinct apprehension of many objects that lie before us, some even at a vast distance from us, both of their nature, colour, and size, and by a secret geometry, from the angles that they make in our eye, we judge of the distance of all objects, both from us and from one another — if to this we add the vast number of figures that we receive and retain long, and with great order, in our brains, which we easily fetch up either in our thoughts or in our discourses, we shall find it less difficult to apprehend how an Infinite Mind should have the universal view of all things ever present before it.(W. What is law without the power of enforcing it? )Quick and powerfulG. There is yet one condition more — we will end with it. THE CONCLUSIONS TO BE DRAWN FROM THESE STATEMENTS. It is compared to the seed which possesses vitality and power. 2. That we come to it for power when fighting the battles of truth. The Word of God, which is the real speech and utterance of all these voices, comes at last to the man himself in conscience. "To God," answered the mother, gravely, 'who remembers them for ever." The expressions which are used here of the Word of God are all applicable to Christ Himself; for He is living, He is the power of God, He came for judgment into the world, He is the Searcher of hearts, His eyes are like a flame of fire. A remarkable instance of its quick and mighty operation is recorded in the conversion of Paul.5. It says, there is a word of God somewhere. The representation of the text ought to enhance our estimation of the Divine Word. "For ever!" 1. And it is a fact that the men never cry. in Zaccheus, when it made him to forsake his oppression and to restore fourfold? 2. This is an ancient expression that signifies living: it occurs in our Creed and in our Advent Collect, "the quick and the dead." )God sees allA man who was in the habit of going into a neighbour's corn-field to steal the ears, one day took his son with him, a boy of eight years of age. The Word is the seed, which appears insignificant, but which if received in good ground shows its vitality. Luke-Acts "Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth.". Strange that men live on year after year and go up and down, sleeping and waking, toiling and resting, mourning and rejoicing, and yet they can forget how it is that they live and continue in life; how it is that reason still holds its seat; how it is that the heart still throbs; how it is that the harp strings are kept in tune; how it is they are not continually tormented with anguish, distemper, and distress: can any man account for this? The words "manifest," "naked," "opened," express the intensity and clearness of the vision which He exerts throughout the vast and varied sphere. The simple preaching of the sinfulness of man, and of the sacrifice of Christ, has proved a mighty engine in the hands of the missionary; and though he have done nothing but faithfully deliver his message, making no attempt at supporting its authority by an appeal to external evidence, yet have converts flocked in from the mass of idolators, and a moral regeneration has gone out over the long degraded territory. Let us all acknowledge the power of this wonderful Word. 18:16). Discriminating.7. That we come to it for quickening for our own souls. If its eye is keen, its range of vision is also wide. We have to do with God, or, at least, we may have to do with Him — we have if we are wise, we have if we are saved — as OUR RECONCILED FATHER, "the Lord our Righteousness," in whom we are chosen, in whom we are sealed, in whom we are at peace with God. Further, the Word of God pierces to the joints that connect the natural and the supernatural. The Word of God has always been found, from the beginning, capable of penetrating deeply into the heart of a sinner; of producing a sudden and terrible alarm in the conscience, of striking conviction into the trembling frame, and lowering the rebel to the ,lust. Lawson. Just to carry to God Himself, in the nightly confessional where we meet the one Judge, just the very thing itself which we did wrong, which we said wrong, just in so many words, that very day which is now being gathered to its parent days — ""hat is the Christian evensong. All One Body We: “The Communion of Saints” (Hebrews 12:1) The Rod of God: When Love Says No (Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 13:34) Behind Closed Doors (Hebrews 13:4) God Will Do What Needs to Be Done (Hebrews 13:20 No, no, I will not sell it. The images are borrowed from a court of justice, where the guilty is brought before his judge, convicted, and executed:(F. Rendall, M. That we let it criticise us, and our opinions, and projects, and acts, and all about us.(C. The Word is said to be "powerful," or "active." the old man replied, "Yes, in a certain sense He is with me; and I have no doubt He is with me in a sense I do not imagine. I believe in the beautiful summary of our Creed, and in the scriptural voice of our Chinch, "first, I learn to believe in God the Father, who made me and all the world; secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind; thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God." (1 Peter 1:23-25). Whether a man is racked with pain all his life, or disordered, as some are, from their mother's womb; whether he is blessed with health and a cheerful mind, or if he has anything that relieves him in this vale of tears, any flower that blooms in the desert, any star that brightens the dark sky of our fallen lot; is it not all from God? The characteristics of the Divine Word, as "quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword," are illustrated by its effects upon the intellect of man. We have all of us to do with God as SAVIOUR — "a just God and a Saviour." Stories StoryShare Peter's Everything-- Mark 10:17-31, Hebrews 4:12-16-- David O. Bales-- Proper 23 | Ordinary Time 28 - B-- … That we come to it, for piercing force when men's consciences and hearts are hard to reach.6. There is a Word of God in Providence. C. Miller, D. D.Do not preach about Providence; preach about God. Slade, M. A.The Word of God may here mean the gospel revelation in all its fulness, especially as contrasted with that under the law; the grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ.1. Let us not forfeit it, as one whole generation forfeited Canaan, by unbelief. The revelation of God given us in Holy Scripture is edge all over. And all this sets in strong light the duty of doing it. It cannot become this till it has made itself audible to the conscience. To gain an understanding of the scriptures is to gain truth. If its eye is keen, its range of vision is also wide. I believe, therefore, that God laid on His own Son " the iniquity of us all." But I do not. What an independence, what a dignity would it give to it! 1. What is this but to give to the life itself a new Christian name, at the font of a spiritual baptism, and to send it forth afresh into all the relationships and all the occupations of the being, having this for its title — Conversation with God? That we discriminate by its means between truth and falsehood.8. The appeal was to conscience, not so much in its sensitiveness to right and wrong, as in its appreciativeness of the false and the true, of God speaking this and God not speaking that. in the city of Samaria, when it made them to abjure Simon Magus and to listen to St. Philip? My friend, here is a great truth. in Manasseh, when, of the most horrible idolator that was ever heard of, it made him a zealous worshipper Of the true God? In man, at the first, there was a perfect law en-graven on the tablet of his heart, and it is there still; and though shattered the tablet, and blotted is the writing, man knows far more than he fancies; he knows more what he ought to do, and what he ought not to do, than he will admit; he has a conscience within him, and this is from God. Hence it is by this Word that souls are born again unto eternal life. Yes, preservation. Burnet.When we perceive that a vast number of objects enter in at our eye by a very small passage, and yet are so little jumbled in that crowd that they open themselves regularly, though there is no great space for that either, and that they give us a distinct apprehension of many objects that lie before us, some even at a vast distance from us, both of their nature, colour, and size, and by a secret geometry, from the angles that they make in our eye, we judge of the distance of all objects, both from us and from one another — if to this we add the vast number of figures that we receive and retain long, and with great order, in our brains, which we easily fetch up either in our thoughts or in our discourses, we shall find it less difficult to apprehend how an Infinite Mind should have the universal view of all things ever present before it.(W. This morning this dear old woman told me that in two neighbouring families the Holy Bible is read, "And," says she, "it has absolutely had the same effect with them as with us. How are we? Saphir.We are familiar with the Word of God. Johannine Writings Jesus said to His disciples, "Are you going to depart, too?" It searches out what has hitherto lain buried in the heart, and uncovers the false and transient from what is true and eternal.3. man's religious spirit. It is "quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.". God is called the Living One; and Christ the Lord calls Himself the Living One. And hence it is this gospel which especially is called the Word.1. I wish to be found in Him. It is no marvel if to such as these the Word of God should not be as a "sword." )LinksHebrews 4:12 NIVHebrews 4:12 NLTHebrews 4:12 ESVHebrews 4:12 NASBHebrews 4:12 KJVHebrews 4:12 Bible AppsHebrews 4:12 ParallelHebrews 4:12 Biblia ParalelaHebrews 4:12 Chinese BibleHebrews 4:12 French BibleHebrews 4:12 German BibleHebrews 4:12 CommentariesBible Hub. There is not sound only, but voice in both these — a voice implying a personality, and a voice presupposing an auditor. These it surveys with critical judgment. George Matheson wrote, “We commonly associate patience with lying down. Pauline Epistles There is no encouragement to the dallying, to the procrastinating, to the fastidiousness and the waywardness, which is characteristic of the generation. Our word of account is to God. To tills we come when we are sick to death and broken down. I believe in the beautiful summary of our Creed, and in the scriptural voice of our Chinch, "first, I learn to believe in God the Father, who made me and all the world; secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind; thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God." Might we but enter into this conception, what an elevation, what a grandeur would it give to the life! When Scripture insists on the radical corruption of the heart, on its native enmity to God, and on all its deceitfulness, is there any one of us who will fail to allow that the affirmations are every way just, supposing his own heart to be that of which the affirmations are made? = - W.J. I cannot call my "holy things" holy, for they are full of sin. Isaiah 49:2)." Slade, M. A.The Word of God may here mean the gospel revelation in all its fulness, especially as contrasted with that under the law; the grace and truth which came by Jesus Christ.1. Here are two suggestions concerning the penetration of God's Word. H. Patterson. The particular point in the view of the holy writer was that of accountability. Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV) Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. The potent influence of the Word is often for a long period concealed from the outward world in the depths of the soul. "The Word of God," if not a person, is yet a personal communication, as much in the voice that utters as in the ear that hears. The carnal mind rebels against, and, by subtle sophistries, attempts to deny its truth; but it has a powerful influence upon the understanding, spiritualising that understanding, and enabling it to discern spiritual things. And though it may seem somewhat extraordinary that notwithstanding the confessed diversity in human character, we should thus make a simple description serve as the moral portrait of countless individuals, you will remember, that practically, all men are alike; the differences are only superficial, so that Solomon could affirm that — "as in water face answers to face, so the heart of man to man." That we come to it for cutting force to kill our own sins and to help us in destroying the evils of the day.5. So they may snap at the preacher and the Word, but they themselves have the hurt; yet for all that, at one time or other, God will make them to feel the power of His Word and the strength of this mighty arm of His.(W. The two-edged sword was perfected by the Romans, and was the weapon that allowed them to conquer the world. ITS DIVIDING POWER.1. Hence the Word of God is not only a two edged sword in respect to conviction, but in respect to its operations in perfecting religion and preparing us for eternal glory.4. )Watched by GodC. But the general idea is simple. Patterson. It is diversified according to circumstances, but the whole is based upon this principle — love to God and love to man.VI. Wesley. Once more, the Word of God pierces to the marrow. The Word of God frequently reveals man to himself. Close attention is required to follow the steps of it. Hebrews 12:4–11 is followed by a short paragraph 12:12–13 introduced by the conjunction dio, “therefore,” and a final short paragraph 12:14–17 concerning Esau’s failure. What a weight, what an influence, what a sanctity, what an inspiration, would be given to our common words, to our every-day remarks and comments upon men and things, if we carried about us that indefinable something, which says, in tones more persuasive in proportion as they are less obtrusive, "This man knows" and feels that he has to do with God! " "(Pasteur Hirsch. It leads you into the lower Christian life (John 3:30); it discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart, the hidden self-complacency, the hidden ambition and self-will; it enters into the very joints and marrow, the energies and sentiments, the motives and springs of our actions, the true character of our rejoicing and mourning, our elevations and depressions; and then you say with the apostle: I have no confidence in the flesh, in my old nature, in me, body, soul, and spirit, as I am of Adam. (Preacher's Promptuary of Anecdote. Draw, therefore, this sword out of your scabbard and strike with its raked edge; this you will find the only way to pierce your people's consciences and fetch blood of their sins. THESE IS ALSO A WORD OF OURS TO GOD. Lord give it to us. Conscience is everywhere man's attribute; therefore Christianity has everywhere an evidence.(H. St. Paul likens the Word of God to the sword of the warrior, used as a weapon of the faith (Ephesians 6:17); the Book of Wisdom compares the almighty Word of God to a sharp sword, but uses a different word for "sword," evidently designating the sword of the destroying am, of, which executed God's mandate on the first-born of Egypt (Wisd. 3. Our word of account is to God. conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy The potent influence of the Word is often for a long period concealed from the outward world in the depths of the soul. A. Cox, D. D.)The Word of God likened to a swordF. The effect of this Word upon the conscience, in convincing of sin and producing godly sorrow, is an illustration of the description in this passage. A new store of knowledge is brought to the understanding; a flood of light is poured in which arrays every object in a new colour; an influence works upon the affections by which they are refined and changed, made to delight in new purposes and pursuits, to flow in a new channel, and raised from earth to heaven. It divides the soul from the spirit, i.e., the lower animal nature from the higher, spiritual and eternal. I believe in the beautiful summary of our Creed, and in the scriptural voice of our Chinch, "first, I learn to believe in God the Father, who made me and all the world; secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind; thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God." "Ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth.". Do we know that, in possessing, reading, and knowing the Scripture, we are under a mighty, solemn, and decisive influence, and that this Word judges us now, and will judge us at the last day? The Gospels It divides "both joints and marrow;" it investigates the most interior and hidden parts of man's being. )The power of the Divine WordF. The Word of God enters into my inmost soul and heart-life, and as a judge both unveils and condemns; what hitherto was hidden, is uncovered; what was disguised, unveiled; what was falsely called good and spiritual, appears now in the bright light of God's countenance; the thoughts and intents of the hearts are discerned. 4. And my speech is to Him — my discourse, my self-disclosure, my uttered mind, my soul expressing itself in audible thought. There are many such words. It will move upon the mass of corruption; it will convince of sin; it will change the love of sin into the love of holiness; and will, if applied and carried out by the Church's wisdom, bring the wayward and ungodly affections into a stale of self-denying discipline, into humble submission to the Divine will.2. But when a man says, "I am very thankful to Providence," "Providence has been very good to me," I always feel disposed to say, "You coward! Please see Blue Letter Bible's Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. It is a living Book. Jones, D. D.)The Divine WordA. GenesisExodusLeviticusNumbersDeuteronomyJoshuaJudgesRuth1 Samuel2 Samuel1 Kings2 Kings1 Chronicles2 ChroniclesEzraNehemiahEstherJobPsalmsProverbsEcclesiastesSong of SongsIsaiahJeremiahLamentationsEzekielDanielHoseaJoelAmosObadiahJonahMicahNahumHabakkukZephaniahHaggaiZechariahMalachiMatthewMarkLukeJohnActsRomans1 Corinthians2 CorinthiansGalatiansEphesiansPhilippiansColossians1 Thessalonians2 Thessalonians1 Timothy2 TimothyTitusPhilemonHebrewsJames1 Peter2 Peter1 John2 John3 JohnJudeRevelation, Select a Beginning Point It searches out what has hitherto lain buried in the heart, and uncovers the false and transient from what is true and eternal. But the reference is to the spoken and written Word. "Sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word." Arvine. It is lively and mighty too, even in the very reprobate. You shall find it to be a lively and mighty Word, one way or other, either to save you or to condemn you. You must by the very necessity of the ease, having heard the Word, either receive or reject it. There is no wincing. In man, at the first, there was a perfect law en-graven on the tablet of his heart, and it is there still; and though shattered the tablet, and blotted is the writing, man knows far more than he fancies; he knows more what he ought to do, and what he ought not to do, than he will admit; he has a conscience within him, and this is from God. The "Word" of account was the first thought of the text. Today's sermon to the Hebrews hits close to home for us in contemporary America. 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