Hebrews 4:12 - "For the word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart."
The first action of God's word is to wound, to cut, to divide.
In the soul -- the natural life has its seat;
In the spirit -- the spiritual and divine.
Sin has brought confusion and disorder; the spirit is under the mastery of the the soul -- the natural life.
Divides and separates.
Wakens the spirit to a sense of its destiny as the faculty for the unseen and eternal;
Brings the soul to a knowledge of itself as a captive to the power of sin.
Cutting deep and sure, discovering the deep corruption of sin.
As the knife of the surgeon, who seeks to heal -- pierces even to the dividing of the joints and marrow where it is needed -- there is not part of the inner being to which it does not pass.
The heart that will but yield itself to be searched by God's word -- to have its secret thoughts and intents discerned and judged by it -- will be freed from its erring and unbelief and quickened and cleansed and made a living tablet on which the word is written by God Himself.
How blessed to yield our hearts to the judgment of the word.
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