Sola Scriptura – The Power of the Word
Sola Scriptura = Scripture Alone in Latin
PART TWO OF SIX
“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of the soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
There has been much debate on exactly what the word of God here means. Is the passage speaking of the divine Logos spoken about in John 1:1, or does it mean the inspired word of God? The fact that Word is capitalized in John 1:1 and is not here, gives us an answer. But, as Charles Spurgeon said of this passage, “It may be most accurate to interpret this passage as relating both to the Word of God incarnate, and the Word of God inspired. Weave the two into one thought, for God has joined them together, and you will then see fresh lights and new meanings of the text.”
So, with that being said, what must first be seen is not only is it the word of God, it is the Word of God. Jesus, the Word of God, is central. The word, Scripture, and the Word, Jesus, go hand in hand; one can not be had without the other. The word is written to declare the Word. The blood of Christ serves as the power of the word.
The word is alive; the Word is alive. The word is living; the Word is living. This book breathes and speaks to man as no other. It is not just a book; it is holy. How many times have you read a certain passage of Scripture you had read dozens of times before, only to see something completely new you never noticed before? That is the Word teaching through the word.
The word is active. The Word is active. The word has an energy and enthusiasm like nothing else. After all, the Greek word entheous, where we get our word enthusiasm, means “God within.” This energy and enthusiasm convicts men of sin and freedom can only be found through the word (Word).
The word is sharp. The Word is sharp. The Gospel cuts like nothing else. Porter Barrington stated, “The Bible claims dividing power as a sword. The Bible will separate man from sin (Psalm 119:11), or sin will separate man from the Bible (Isaiah 59:2).” One cannot hear the message of the Gospel without some sort of response; it will either draw a man near or cast him further from God. For the believer, the word (Word) helps a man in righteousness and separates him from sin. It’s hard to live in sin with your nose in the Bible. On the other hand, for the backslider, sin keeps the Bible gathering dust. Return to the word (Word), for it is sharp and has dividing power.
The word is piercing. The Word is piercing. Not only does the sword have two sharp edges, it has a point that can pierce like no other. It can pierce even the hardest heart. What else can divide soul and spirit, the outer man and the inner man? The outer man is concerned with the things of this world, and the inner man is concerned with the things of God.
The word is discerning. The Word is discerning. The word (Word) knows our thoughts and the intentions of our heart. Who are we when no one else is looking? The word (Word) discerns our innermost thoughts and exposes them. This happens constantly in a Christian’s life as one strives to be Christlike. I believe it a big part of sanctification, and how the Lord molds and makes us.
Let the word (Word) criticize you and cling to it (Him). Let the word (Word) separate you from sin. Let the word (Word) guide you. Let the word (Word) be your weapon. And…..
Just for today, let the word (Word) live through you.
Tune in tomorrow for Part Three…
Barrington, Porter. The Christian life New Testament : the New King James version : Master Outlines and Study Notes. Nashville TN: T. Nelson Publishers, 1984.