For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb 4:12 AMP)
I really appreciate this version of the above Scripture passage. It amplifies our understanding of what the writer may have been thinking as this was written.
It makes it clear that God’s Word is alive and powerful; that God’s Word can read us, and it can reveal us to ourselves! Most of us keenly need God to do that for us, because we don’t truly know ourselves.
This is why the Bible tells us that the Word is like a mirror.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23-25)
Let us read the Word and allow it to introduce us to ourselves! As we come to know the Word more thoroughly, we will come to know ourselves more honestly. And we’ll experience the incomparable love of God, without which, we could not have been saved!
Love the Word; read the Word; embrace the Word—and LIVE!