The Word Of God

Posted by on Aug 5, 2007

By Mike Withem, Pastor

First Baptist Church of Ranson, WV

August 5, 2007

Sunday Morning

“The Word Of God”

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 4:12-13

Scripture Text: Hebrews 4:12-13

Introduction:

 

A.   I want to begin this morning by saying that the primary subject of our text this morning is not the Bible.

1. Now it’s true that the Bible is “quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,” however, the writer of Hebrews clearly did not have the Bible in mind when he wrote these words.

2. How can I be so sure?

3. I’m sure because it just doesn’t fit the context.

4. But someone says, “Wait a minute, pastor, doesn’t the first part of Vrs. 12 say, “For the word of God is…”

5. That’s true, however, the expression “the Word of God” doesn’t apply to the Bible only.

6. Now it’s true that the Bible is “the Word of God,” however, Jesus is also “the Word of God.”

7. He is the Living Word!

8. Do you remember how John’s gospel begins?

9. The Bible says in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

10.   Later, in Vrs. 14 of this same chapter, we read, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

11.   And so, while the Bible is, indeed, the written Word of God, Jesus is the living Word of God.

 

B.   Let me show you what I mean when I say that interpreting Heb. 4:12 as referring to the Bible doesn’t fit the context.

1. The key to seeing this is the very next verse.

2. Look again at Vrs. 13, it says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in HIS sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of HIM with whom we have to do.”

3. Vrs. 13 is clearly a continuation of Vrs. 12, however it is very clear in Vrs. 13 that the writer of Hebrews is talking about a person.

4. Why? Because of the use of two personal pronouns, “his” and “him.”

5. Again, the writer of Hebrews is clearly talking about a person here, and that person is none other than our Lord Jesus Christ, the Living Word of God!

 

C.   Now, with that in mind, there are three things that we can learn about our Lord Jesus Christ from this wonderful passage.

 

D.   First of all, we can learn that…

 

I.       Jesus Is Alive.

 

A.    Notice again how Vrs. 12 begins, it says, “For the word of God is quick.”

1. Now the word “quick” here doesn’t mean what you might think.

2. Today, if we say that someone is “quick,” we mean that he is fast on his feet.

3. However, the word “quick” here means something entirely different.

4. It is actually translated from a Greek word (zao), which literally means “alive,” and not just alive, but very much alive.

5. And so, when the Bible tells us that “the word of God is quick,” it means that Jesus is alive!!!

 

B.   (Illus.- As many of you know, last Sunday we were privileged to have Steve & Karen Miller with us, missionaries to Israel. After church, we talked about the work in Israel. I asked him, “Do you ever take time just to be a tourist and see the sights?” He said, “Yes,” and he told me about some of the places he had visited. He told me about a tomb that he visited that many believe is the actual tomb where Jesus was buried. I asked him, “Was it empty!” He smiled real big and said, “Yes indeed, it was empty!”)

1. Do you know why the tomb is empty?

2. Because Jesus came out of that tomb, very much alive.

 

C.   I am reminded of what those women discovered when, very early on Sunday morning, they visited Jesus’ tomb for the purpose of anointing His body with spices.

1. When they got to the tomb, they found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was open.

2. When they entered the tomb, they were met by two angels “in shining garments.” (Luke 24:4)

3. Do you remember the question that the angels asked the women? They asked, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen:”

4. If you are looking for Jesus today, don’t bother going to the tomb, because the tomb is empty!

5. He is not there, but He is risen.

6. And because He is risen, He is very much alive today!

 

D.   Not only is Jesus alive, but He is the giver of life.

1. According to the latter part of John 6, there came a time in His ministry when many of those who had previously followed Him “went back (home) and walked no more with him.” (John 6:66)

2. When Jesus saw this, He turned to the twelve and asked them, “Will ye also go away?” (John 6:67)

3. Do you remember how Peter answered Him? He said, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)

4. And so, not only is Jesus alive, but He is the giver of life (eternal life, that is).

5. Do you remember what Jesus told the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. He said, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” (John 4:10)

6. I love what Jesus said in John 10:27-28? He said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.”

7. And so, not only is Jesus alive, but He is the giver of life.

8. Do you possess this eternal life that He so freely gives???

 

E.   Not only does our text teach us that Jesus is alive, but it also teaches us that…

 

II.      Jesus Is Almighty.

 

A.   Notice again Vrs. 12 of our text, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful.”

1. The word “powerful” here is translated from the Greek word “energes,” which literally means “effectual or powerful.”

2. It is the same word from which we get our English word “energy.”

3. Now you have to understand that there are different degrees of energy.

4. For example, there is the energy that comes from a n 9-V battery, but there is also the energy that comes from an atomic bomb.

5. When the Bible says that Jesus is powerful, it’s talking about an energy greater than any energy known to man.

6. In fact, our Lord’s power (energy) knows no limits!!!

 

B.   Just how powerful is Jesus?

1. To begin with, He was powerful enough to create this vast universe of which we are a part.

2. I quoted John 1:1 earlier this morning, now let me quote Vrs. 3 of that same chapter. Vrs. 1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

3. Vrs. 3 says, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

4. I want us to jump ahead for just a moment this morning to Heb. 11:3, read it with me, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

5. You can’t tell this from the English, but the Greek word translated “word” here (“framed by the word of God”) is not the word “logos,” but rather “rhema,” which is the word from which we get our English word “rhetoric.”

6. So when the Bible says that “the worlds were framed by the word of God,” it means they were framed by the “rhetoric” of God (words spoken by God).

7. This is why we read in Gen. 1:3, “And God (Jesus) said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

8. And so, Jesus was powerful enough to create this vast universe of which we are a part.

 

C.   Jesus was also powerful enough to control the forces of nature.

1. On one occasion, Jesus was in a boat with his disciples.

2. There arose a great storm, so great that the disciples were in fear of their lives.

3. You might remember that while the storm raged, Jesus was asleep in the boat.

4. Eventually, the disciples woke Jesus and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” (Mark 4:38)

5. Do you remember what Jesus did?

6. The Bible says that “…he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39)

7. When the disciples saw this, they “…said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:41)

8. And so, Jesus was powerful enough to control the forces of nature.

 

D.   Jesus was also powerful enough to raise the dead.

1. You probably remember the time when a ruler of the synagogue named Jairus came to Jesus and told him that his daughter was dying. (Mark 5:22-23)

2. As Jesus made His way to the house, he was met by someone from Jairus’ household who said to Jairus, “Thy daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any further?” (Mark 5:35)

3. When Jesus heard this, He said to Jairus, “Be not afraid, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)

4. You might also remember that when Jesus entered the house and told the people who were gathered there that the girl was “not dead,” but rather sleeping, they “laughed him to scorn.” (Mark 5:39)

5. Their laughing, however, was short-lived.

6. Jesus then entered the room where the young girl’s lifeless body was lying and said, “Damsel, I say unto thee, arise.” (Mark 5:41)

7. Immediately, we’re told, “…the damsel arose, and walked,” and when she did, those who had laughed earlier “were astonished with a great astonishment.” (Mark 5:42)

8. This was not the only time that Jesus raised the dead.

9. In Luke 7:11-15, that Jesus raised a widow woman’s son in a city called “Nain.”

10.   And then, of course, there was Lazarus.

11.   Lazarus had been dead for four days when Jesus finally arrived at his tomb.

12.   You know what happened.

13.   Jesus stood before that tomb and said, “Lazarus, come forth.” (John 11:43)

14.   Immediately, we’re told, Lazarus “came forth,” still “bound head and foot with gravesclothes.” (John 11:44)

15.   And so, Jesus was powerful enough to raise the dead.

 

E.   Let’s take this a step farther.

1. Not only was Jesus powerful enough to raise others from the dead, but He also possessed the power to raise Himself from the dead.

2. Do you remember what Jesus told the Jews in the temple when they asked for a sign? He said, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” (John 2:19)

3. In another place, Jesus said, concerning His life, “No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again.” (John 10:18)

4. Did Jesus give the Jews the sign that they asked for? Did He raise Himself from the dead?

5. The answer is, “Yes!!!” and by doing so, He proved to the whole world that He was, in fact, Whom He claimed to be, the Son of God!

6. And so, our text teaches us that Jesus is Almighty.

 

F.    But not only does our text teach us that Jesus is Alive, and not only does it teach us that He is Almighty, it also teaches us that…

 

III.    Jesus Is All-Knowing.

 

A.   Notice again the conclusion of Vrs. 12, as well as Vrs. 13 of our text, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart….Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

 

B.   (Illus.- Have you ever know someone, maybe a parent, maybe your spouse, maybe a good friend, who seemed to possess the ability to “look right through you?” No matter how hard you tried, you just couldn’t seem to keep something [a secret] from them. Have you ever known someone like that?)

1. Well, the truth is, no mere human being, no matter how well they know you, can actually see what’s inside of you.

2. However, Jesus can see what’s inside of us.

3. When Jesus looks at us, He looks at us with eyes that pierce our outward (exterior) shell, and allows Him to see everything that is on the inside.

4. (Illus.- Have you ever gone to the doctor with an ache or a pain in one of your joints? If you have, you know that the first thing your physician will do is to order an X-ray. Why? Because He can’t see your joints. They are covered with both skin and muscle.)

5. Jesus has X-ray vision.

6. The writer of Hebrews tells us that Jesus can see both our “joints” and our “marrow.”

7. I believe this is partly what the psalmist meant when he wrote in Psa. 104:14, “For he (our Heavenly Father) knoweth our frame.”

 

C.   Not only can Jesus see inside our bodies, but He can also see inside our minds and our hearts.

1. Notice again the latter part of Vrs. 12 of our text, “…and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

2. The psalmist put it like this in Psa. 139:2, “Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.”

3. (Illus.- Not too long ago I was talking to a young man about his need for Christ. At first, he told me that he considered himself to be a good person. I immediately began to give him the “ten commandments test.” When I asked him if he had ever committed adultery, he said, “No.” I then quoted him Mat. 5:28, where Jesus said, “That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.” I asked him, have you ever had lustful thoughts. He answered something like this, he said, “Yes, but God doesn’t know my thoughts!” I said, “Yes, He does!”)

4. Not only does God know our thoughts, but our thoughts will be judged when we stand at the judgement seat of Christ.

5. Listen to 1 Cor. 4:5, “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.”

 

D.   Vrs. 13 of our text just further illustrates this sobering truth.

1. It says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

2. We may be able to hide things from other people, but we can’t hide anything from Jesus, including our innermost secret thoughts.

3. He sees all and He knows all!

4. This is why the Bible says in Num. 32:23, “…be sure your sin will

5. Solomon said it like this in Pro. 13:21, “Evil pursueth sinners:”

6. We can lie about it, we can try to hide it, we can try to run away from it, but one day our sin will catch up with us!

7. How much better to confess our sin, to deal with it in an open and honest manner, and receive God’s forgiveness.

8. And so, Jesus is All-knowing.

Conclusion:

 

A.   What have we learned about Jesus from our text?

1. First of all, He is Alive (“quick”).

2. Secondly, He is Almighty (“powerful”).

3. Finally, He is All-knowing (“sharper than any two-edged sword”)

 

B.   Do you know this Jesus???

1. This Jesus Who is Alive.

2. This Jesus Who is Almighty.

3. This Jesus Who is All-knowing.

4. Do you know this Jesus???

 

C.   (Prayer & Invitation)