Summary: To show the importance of GOD's WORD in our daily lives.
Is the WORD of GOD powerful in you?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show the importance of GOD's WORD in our daily lives.
Hebrews 4:12 (Amplified Bible)
4:12 For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.
The WORD of GOD is alive, powerful, sharper, judges every thoughts and purposes of my heart.
WORD of GOD that GOD speaks
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. The WORD of GOD is alive and powerful
"For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective];"
Isaiah 49:2 (Amplified Bible)
49:2 And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand has He hid me and made me a polished arrow; in His quiver has He kept me close and concealed me.
Isaiah 55:11 (Amplified Bible)
55:11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Jeremiah 23:29 (Amplified Bible)
23:29 Is not My word like fire [that consumes all that cannot endure the test]? says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks in pieces the rock [of most stubborn resistance]?
Powerful is energes in Greek, meaning active, operative, and effectual. The WORD of GOD is active, operative and effectual in our daily lives, if we only let GOD's WORDs do it's course on us.
B. The WORD of GOD is sharper than any two-edged sword
"it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature],"
If a physical sword, however sharp it is, can only divide the physical body at it's extreme, GOD's WORD as a sharper sword can divide the soul and the spirit.
Psalms 149:6 (Amplified Bible)
149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their throats and a two-edged sword in their hands,
Revelation 1:16 (Amplified Bible)
1:16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp two-edged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday.