When Scripture Becomes Word

Hebrews 4:12 (ESV) 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.

While teaching the kiddies (grandchildren) about our calling in Christ Jesus, I built a foundation using Genesis 1 and the act of creation, along with John 1 The Word in creation. I highlighted that life comes from God and belongs to Him. So we do not ‘live for ourselves, to gratify our own desires[1]‘ rather our lives belong to God (1Cor 6:19,20). The Word, John 1 tells us, was made flesh and came into the world. In Him was life and the life was the light of men.

When I asked them, “who is the Word”? they replied “the Bible”. Well, I have always tried to maintain a distinction between Jesus as the Word and the Bible as Scripture, so I explained the difference. This led to the thought, when does Scripture become Word?

We know and believe that Scripture is inspired by God, yet we also know that simply ‘quoting’ scripture does not make it right. After all, if simply using or quoting scripture made our word God’s Word then satan, who quoted Scripture to manipulate Jesus’ actions (Mat 4:5,6), would also be true.

Such a thought is in itself contradictory because Scripture says satan is a liar and has been fro the beginning. So, if he uses Scripture it can hardly be ‘God’s Word’!

In Corinthians Paul says that the ‘word of the cross’ is folly to the perishing but ‘the power of God’ to those who are being saved. Scripture, like creation, speaks clearly about God so that every person is without excuse (Rom 1:20). But these same Scriptures, that are dead foolish words to those who seek their own desires, become ‘alive’ or ‘Word’ when the Spirit breaths life into them. He is at work bringing the power of Jesus’ life into Scripture saving, reviving and empowering those He is speaking to, making them alive in Christ.

So, when we seek justification from Scripture rather than from repentance through Christ and His shed blood; when we try to manipulate a person’s behaviour to suit our own desires, there is no ‘Word’ but words. However, When we are seeking Jesus Christ and His righteousness the Spirit bring Scripture to life… It becomes WORD of God.

The thought of our heart and our intent must be subjected to the scrutiny of The Word. Just as the devil is a liar and has been from the beginning, so too all men are of him and also liars (Jn 8:48; Jer 9:8). When subjected to The Living Word the heart is laid bare.

Is the purpose of our heart self gratification and glory or is it God’s glory? Will we ‘use’ Scripture to justify our death or will we seek The Word to lay ahold of life?

When Scripture becomes Word it produces life:

Hebrews 4:13 (ESV) And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

 

[1] Titus 3:3 (ESV) For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another.

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