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. (Heb 4:12 ESV)
What does “living” mean? It means:
- alive [full of life];
- animate [having life], or
- sentient [aware; able to perceive or feel things].
This passage of Scripture tells us that the written Word of God is alive and active—even that it is able to recognize and to perceive the plans and objectives of our hearts. That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it? As we read God’s Word, His Word reads each one of us.
The Bible is the message given to mankind from the Living God, who is our Savior and Redeemer. Jesus spoke of the life-giving characteristic of His Words: “The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” (Joh 6:63)
Other Bible verses showing that God’s Word is alive:
- It sustains man. (Lk 4:4)
- It gives faith. (Rom 10:17)
- It is unlimited. (2 Tim 2:9c)
- It produces spiritual birth. (1 Pet 1:23)
- It abides in believers. (1 Joh 2:14)
We can see that the life inherent in the Word produces much fruit:
- in the lives of sinners who have repented;
- in removing sinful habits from people’s lives; and
- in signs, wonders, and miracles.
Don’t take the Bible for granted. Don’t relegate it to the background of your life, but keep it front and center. Read it, study it, and enjoy it! It is the veritable power of God in your life.