“Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.” (Hebrews 4:12- 13)
Words – my words, your words – are just words. But the Word of God is different. In some cases it is the bible – the words that have been passed down through different languages, dialects, translations and paraphrases – but still retains the authority they had when first penned. But that is because they were words that were inspired and tested by the Spirit. And it is that Holy Divine Spirit that is the modifier and power that is living and active, so sharp that it pierces and divides. Furthermore, that Spirit judges thoughts and intentions. For the Spirit is of God and is God. There is no getting away from it.
What “defense” and “shield” do we have from this sharp piercing word? For we who are fallible and sinful humans need an explanation for how and why we have fallen short of following the word of God.
“Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Verses 14-16)
We do not have to be afraid of what the Word might show about us and judge us by. It is not by any skill or attribute that we are saved though. It is by the same piercing power of God’s word that we are saved by. Christ our Lord meets and fulfills God’s word. Where our account of ourselves falls short, and we have no recompense to offer, Christ’s offer of redemption meets and satisfies the judgment of God’s word.
Now, you may say, what do we have to worry if Christ “covers” for us? Well, that is the tricky thing. If we do not believe in Christ and the power that Jesus was imbued with by being Divine, we are not covered by it. Our belief confirms and conforms us. As we believe we are counted amongst those who are saved by Christ. And our behavior is to be conformed to Christ’s example. It is at the juncture point of belief that we are judge for – believing and following God’s word and taking God’s word as the template and guide for our lives.
I realized this is a circular argument, and I make no apology for it. God and Christ do not let any ends dangle. Unless of course, we deliberately place ourselves outside of God’s and Christ’s grace. Then we are subject to the full weight of God’s word and judgment.
May you, beloved reader, appeal daily to Jesus Christ who is our Great High Priest. Selah!