A double-edged sword is incredibly valuable in the video game world because of its increased power and efficiency in fighting the enemy. The word used for “sword” in Hebrews chapter 4, however, is more like a two-sided dagger or short knife. This imagery could describe a surgeon’s scalpel that skillfully cuts away the diseased and damaged tissue in a body. A gifted surgeon uses the scalpel because he or she sees what we cannot. The surgeon knows that any pain and rehabilitation is worth it when faced with the possibility of healing.
The Bible describes the Word of God as this double-edged sword or “scalpel” that is able to expose the darkness and weaknesses in our hearts and minds. Have you ever listened to a sermon or teaching where you felt as though the preacher was speaking directly to you? It’s an unnerving moment that comes from feeling completely exposed and discovering that God actually knows your deepest motives, thoughts, and desires. That’s the power of the Word of God.
So what else makes the Word of God powerful?
- It helps us discover which way to go. (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
- It corrects us when we veer off course. (2 Tim 3:16-17)
- The same passage can offer fresh insight over and over again.
- It applies to every age, race, ethnicity, and culture.
- Its ties to geography and history are unlike any other “religious” text. When it comes to the Bible, archeology is a friend.
- It’s survived over 1600 years.
In spite of all this evidence, so many of us continue to shy away from the convicting power of God’s Word. We forget the purpose of that conviction is not condemnation, but healing and wholeness. So instead of running from that uncomfortable tension, maybe it’s time to lean in and discover what it is that God wants to say – thru His written Word.