Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Hebrews 4:12- 16 God's Word Given to Transform not Inform

KEY TEXT: Heb 4:12-13 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. 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. 

KEY THOT: God gives us His word not just to inform us but to transform us. When inspired and anointed by the Spirit, the Word of God becomes a two-edged sword—it pierces, divides, discerns and exposes our hearts. It divides between soul (natural) and spirit (supernatural), joints (outward) and marrow (inward), thoughts (mind) and intentions (heart). In other words, the anointed Word exposes the real motivations that drive our acting and thinking. 

For example, we may raise intellectual objections to faith, but behind those objections may be the motives of fear or pride. Or we may resist change by raising theological objections, but behind these theological objections may be again fear of change or pride in our theological systems or traditions. Or those who engage in sexually immoral lifestyle may rationalize it using scientific and psychological arguments while the driving motivation is essentially demonic rebellion or hatred of Christ. 

We study God’s Word so that it would not only inform us (fill our heads with knowledge) but transforms us by exposing our real motives so we are naked before God. Whenever we do something or say something, we have to let God’s Word help us divide what is from our soul (human reason and emotion) and what is of the spirit (Spirit-inspired convictions). Two persons may say the same thing or act the same way, but only the Spirit-anointed Word can expose the real intentions and motivations behind those words and actions like a double-edged sword.

When studying God’s word to teach or preach it, I have to careful not to share something from the Scripture to advance my own personal agenda in the name of Christ. Even though my teaching may sound very politically or theologically correct, the Holy Spirit cannot use the words I speak as His Sword, because the source of my thoughts is my soul, not my spirit. The Holy Spirit will only anoint God’s Word and turn it into the sword of the Spirit when our agenda is aligned with God’s kingdom agenda. The reason why the teaching of God’s Word sometime lacks convicting power is when the teacher is operating out of his soul (human dimension) rather than out of his spirit (Holy Spirit dimension). I believe the key to an anointed and powerful ministry of the Word is learning how to discern and walk by the Spirit’s revelation and wisdom.

Everytime I open the Bible, my prayer is: “Holy Spirit, illumines Your word. What it is that You want to say to me and through me?” Nothing of myself is worth listening to for it all come from the human soul. The only thing worth listening and is life-transforming is whatever that comes from the Spirit. The Word of God must be the Word OF GOD, not OF MAN. 

Father, help us take Your Word and Your Spirit seriously, for one cannot work apart from the other. May You make Your Word ministry powerful in our lives, that it may be like a double-edged sword, dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrows, thoughts and intentions of the heart. Amen.

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