The Living, Active, Word Of God

The Living, Active, Word Of God January 18, 2019

God’s Word has power, and I think you’ll better understand that power after reading about the living, active Word of God.

The Word Convicts

Some people tell me that they have a gift of discernment, and that they can tell when someone’s lying or if something’s not right, and maybe they do, but no human alive can discern the human heart like the Word of God can. The author of Hebrews tells us that “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. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (4:12-13). The Word of God exposes the wickedness of our hearts, which Jeremiah described as “deceitful above all things, and desperately sick” (Jer 17:9), but God wants us to see our own wickedness (Rom 3:10-12, 23) so we’ll run to the cross. Only God can give us a new heart and create a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17), however, the Word is alive and active and works to expose what we don’t see. It cuts us down to the joints and marrow, or where we live, and in God’s sight, we’re all “naked and exposed” before the One to whom we’ll give an account.

The Word Sanctifies

The Word of God cuts us to the heart, but it doesn’t cut in order to hurt, rather it cuts like the surgeon’s scalpel…cutting in order to heal. And the Word of God is intended to sanctify us, as Jesus says in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” The word “sanctify” means to make holy or set apart for holy use, and God’s intention for every believer is to live a life that is pleasing to Him. The Apostle Paul told Timothy that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17), so the Word has the power to make us complete and equip us for every good work sovereign assigned to us by God (Matt 25:35-36, 28:18-20; Eph 2:10). The Word may need to correct us, to reprove us, and to teach us, but remember, God’s desire is for us to live a life of holiness, and the Word of God can help us, along with the Spirit of God. This doesn’t mean we’ll reach a state of sinless perfection in this life because that’s not possible this side of the kingdom, but there should be a tendency toward sinning less over time, even though sinless-ness is not yet possible. Even so, God’s Word can help the sanctification process in us.

The Word’s Power

I hear people say that they can’t witness for Christ because they’re terrified, but don’t they realize that the gospel doesn’t depend upon human ability but upon the power of God. Paul tells us, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16). If we are too shy to ever share Christ, then we are ashamed of the gospel, and that’s not good, for to be ashamed of the gospel is to be ashamed of Christ and His words (Mark 8:38; Luke 9:26). Maybe we should understand that it’s not up to us to save anyone. It’s up to God’s Spirit and God’s Word, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor 1:18). It is the power of salvation for those who believe, so trust God and share Christ. He can use the weakest witness from the shiest person to save anyone. Here’s why. It takes the Spirit of God with the Word of God to birth the children of God, and all for the glory of God. God’s Word has power. Trust it. Unleash it, and let it do what God sends it out to do. Isaiah wrote: “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11). The power doesn’t depend on the person. The power is in God’s Word and in His Spirit. Let it loose and it will not return void.

                                          The Enduring Word

Most of the false cults have had their so-called “inspired” books changed over time, being revised as often as a new generation is born, but the Word of God changes not…just like God. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matt 24:35). “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Isaiah 40:8). Even though these words were written thousands of years ago, here they are, still being uttered 2,000 years later, and will be into all eternity. John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1), so will God’s Word will abide forever. The benefits of the enduring Word are a well-lit path where we’re less likely to stumble (Psalm 119:105).

Conclusion

Jesus told the sinister minister, Satan that “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt 4:4). Satan doesn’t live by “every word of God,” but loves to take every other word or words out of context. He and his ministers use verses as “proof texts” by taking texts out of context for false pretexts. That’s why we need the whole counsel or the whole Word of God in book, chapter, and paragraph to grasp the context. The Apostle Peter told Jesus, “You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68), and the “words of eternal life” are found in Scripture. The Word of God convicts us, sanctifies, us, and has God’s power in it, which means it will endure forever. I hope you enjoyed reading about the benefits of God’s Word, and if you have, may I suggest you share this with someone you know, and why not do it right now?

Article by Jack Wellman

Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren Church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is a writer at Christian Quotes and also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Teaching Children the Gospel available on Amazon.

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  • Matthew 22:37

    Amen.

  • pud

    Demonstrate that any such character, being, agent, invisible undetectable thing called “satan” exists….waiting until hell freezes over jack…come on, show it. Prove that your absurd claims are true and not the infantile imagination of a delusional old man…waiting…

    • Matthew 22:37

      He doesn’t have to prove anything to you. You’re the one with the doubts so you should be researching into it.

      He’s a man of God teaching on the scriptures not engaging in philosophical argumentation submitting to man made philosophical burdens of proof.

      Can’t you tell the difference or do you like to force confrontations every day of the week?

      Go read “Glimpse of the Devil” by M. Scott Peck, a Harvard educated psychiatrist who did deliverances on 2 of his patients that he claims were possessed.

      Read it and come back and disprove Peck’s account…..waiting….waiting….

      • pud

        Unbelievable stupidity….I do not have doubts. I also do not “believe” in talking donkeys. He’s a liar to children pretending to know what he cannot know. He is a parrot screeching from a delusional absurd book from the Bronze Age. I don’t read stupid religious propaganda…I’m not gullible

        • Matthew 22:37

          Then you are a lazy liar about claiming to need evidence when you can’t even read what a Harvard psychiatrist who is trained to oberve human nature (and knows it better than you) has to say about his encounter with the devil.

          You’re just a lazy troll that came here to insult people.

          A real truth seeker would at least examine the evidence without rejecting it out of hand. Peck examined the evidence.

          Your mind is closed and not even open to the evidence.

          • pud

            Thousands of people claim to have had anal probe by aliens too. Your credulity knows no limits. Some psychotic’s personal delusional experience is not evidence

          • Matthew 22:37

            Peck was a man of science. Not someone having a psychotic episode. He treated people for psychotic episodes.

            Your claim to need evidence is fake.

            Because you don’t examine anything that challenges your opinion. All you do is ad hominem attack without looking at the evidence.

            Don’t ever claim to be a rational person who needs evidence to me again. Because you just refused to examine the evidence.

            Peck not only examined the evidence. He wrote a book on it that challenges multipersonality disorder as the only explanation.

            Not only do you suppress a knowledge of God cf. Romans 1. You cherrypick evidence to support and favor your bias.

            That’s ok. Don’t examine the evidence. I feel sure you are too biased to exam it like a truly impartial person would.

            Just don’t expect me to believe your claim to need evidence to believe. It is clearly not true as your behavior shows.

          • pud

            You said yourself that he “claims”…well duh! Claims are NOT evidence. Millions of delusional irrational deranged people claim all sorts of supernatural nonsense and NONE of it qualifies as evidence. Every religious lunatic on the planet makes a conflicting “god” claim…well ya all can’t be right but you sure as hell can all be wrong! Claims are not evidence except to dim wits like you desperate to “believe” in something regardless of actual evidence or truth.

          • Matthew 22:37

            I would read Simon Greenleaf’s The Testimony of the Evangelists. He’s an eyewitness testimony evidence expert.

            You’re not an eyewitness testimony evidence expert are you?

            Evidence if you mean materialism is over rated.

            I have the gift of faith and believe I was born with the gift. Read Justin Barrett. People can be born believers.

            There was a really long time between me being born and being educated on the scriptures and I wasn’t that young and impressionable on conversion.

            So really all the delusional claims are hogwash. There is too much variation in people’s accounts of being converted to believing and atheists’ simplistic perjorative explanations do not explain them.

            Why you try to explain negatively something you never even experienced is presumptuous in the extreme.

            It would be better if you were perceptive enough to examine yourself.

            You can check for your own internal error a lot easier than classify someone else’s experience.

            You’re not even a licensed psychiatrist are you?

            Get the beam out of your own eye is what Christ said.

            Have a blessed day!

          • Matthew 22:37

            I will put you back on block now. I see no reason to debate when I can research and meditate for myself without someone insisting on passing me an erroneous and biased conclusion that they cannot even prove to my satisfaction.

            Have a good day!

          • Matthew 22:37

            You need to get a life and stop hating on Christians all the time.

            The Christian beliefs you like to dismiss as irrational may have helped save your life.

            At one time infanticide was practiced worldwide until Judeo-Christian beliefs put a stop to it.

            If Judeo-Christian beliefs had not ended infanticide then you and a lot of other people would be missing ancestors and might not have been born.

          • pud

            1. I don’t “hate” anyone..I have contempt for you and your child indoctrinating knowledge suppressing delusional superstitious religious cult as I do for all cults that reject reason for nonsensical “beliefs”

            2. Bullshit…religious cults have caused more harm to the progress of humanity than anything you can name. To this day you cultivate stupidity, ignorance, absurdities and make believe wish thinking instead of championing reason, logic, evidence, science and critical thinking.

          • Matthew 22:37

            I think you had better start dealing with reality. Stalin and Mao both engaged in cults of personality as atheist leftists and nobody as far as I know have higher body counts than they do.

            You keep denying historical reality and replacing it with your own version of things.

            If Christian beliefs helped beat the worldwide practice of infanticide then historically Christians did something great for the whole world.

            Now prove you could be here today without Judeo-Christian help.

          • pud

            It is you who is delusional and willfully distorting the truth. All dogmatic ideologies from your cult to communist dictators spawn genocides. No one killed more than your fictitious “god” who even killed plants and baby animals in his psychotic rage…per your make believe storybook. NO ONE EVER slaughtered masses of people in the name of “non belief” in an invisible deity or a stupid ancient book…NEVER. This is just more proof of your willful manipulation to support your dysfunctional cult culture.

            You wouldn’t be here without the “Enlightenment” …you would still have ignorant priests treating your disease with exorcisms and blood letting. Religion has given the world exactly NOTHING

          • Matthew 22:37

            Well I will let you go. I think your xenophobic tendencies makes you prone to cherrypick history to suit yourself but why you have to take it out on people you don’t know is beyond my comprehension.

            It’s not rational showering people you don’t even know with contempt on a public message board.

            Have a blessed day! I will leave you to your cherrypicking because you don’t convince me and I don’t enjoy reading historical lies.

            What atheists leftists did in the Soviet Union thru the League of the Militant Godless is a historical fact.

            Some of your Enlightenment Era thinkers weren’t that benevolent either. Several of them are linked to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror where hundreds of thousands were killed.

            I suggest you actually learn some history and study up on the cult of personality. Atheist Stalin engaged in a cult of personality. So did Mao.

            So did the atheist Reverend Jim Jones. Read Jones’ taped statements about his beliefs. In spite of his deceitful adoption of the title “Reverend” he was not a Christian at all.

            He ran an atheistic communist cult in Guyana.

            Bye. I will put you back on block . Have a nice day.

          • Matthew 22:37

            You’re really not that enlightened a thinker.

            Science was impossible without a biblical world view as Rodney Stark explains.

            Superstition comes from the mind of man.

            God could be enlightening and releasing us from superstition over time.

            I will block you in a few minutes. I feel like I am talking to a child throwing a temper tantrum.

            You don’t need to be rewarded with attention for your bad behavior. You need a time out.

            Peace Be With You. Bye!

  • If God exists, I cannot see how he can be a God who commanded the slaughter of defenceless women, little children and babies. Yet the bible has god command the children of Israel to slaughter the Amalekites. I am not defending what the Amalekites did, but why would God command the slaughter of little children and babies? Were they responsible for the evil the Amalekites did?

    Would the Jesus of the Gospels have slaughtered little children and babies? If Christians believe that Jesus is the supreme revelation of God to humanity, then aren’t Christians meant to take their view of God from Jesus and not some of the abominable passages of some parts of the OT which portray God as a violent and angry God who seems to have a temper tantrum which appears to contradict the God of love presented in most (but not all) of the NT (excluding the violent book of Revelation).

    If when Jesus died on the cross unjustly by being nailed to it by wicked Romans with many Jews backing them, then if God is a God of peace and non violence (that we see in Jesus in most , but not all, of the Gospel passages) would not this be the death of the concept of the OT which in many places portrays God as a violent warrior?

    Greg Boyd argues that the cross is the place for Christians to read the rest of the bible from. It is the non violent Jesus who shows God’s supreme love for the world at the cross. In the OT God accommodated himself to the barbaric human capacity of the Israelites at certain times in their history (Joshua, Judges, I and II Samuel, I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles). So God is not like this (a violent barbarian) because he is revealed in Jesus as the compassionate, caring and peaceful revelation of God.

    So when Christians say that the bible is the Word of God, don’t they really mean the Jesus of peace and compassion, not Yahweh accommodating himself to the barbaric and violent capacity of the Israelis at certain times in their history? Why not read Greg Boyd’s book called The Crucifixion of the Warrior God?

    Boyd believes in the inspiration of all of the Scriptures, but for the life of me I cannot understand how God could inspire passages that command his people, Israel, to slaughter little children and babies?

  • Matthew 22:37

    Bible Verses About Triumph, KJV

    Romans 5:1-6 – Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

    1 Peter 2:9 – But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

    2 Corinthians 2:14 – Now thanks [be] unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

    Ephesians 1:7 – In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    John 16:24 – Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

    2 Corinthians 10:3 – For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

    Galatians 5:1 – Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

    Ephesians 5:8 – For ye were sometimes darkness, but now [are ye] light in the Lord: walk as children of light: