Hebrews 4:12-13; What is the word?

Hebrews 4:12-13 tells us that the word of God is able to both pierce and lay bare our lives to the truth it delivers.  But what is the word.  In these verses “logos” is used to define what “word” is.  In verse 12 we see logos as the objective decree able to pierce and judge.  This is the written word of the Bible.  In verse 13 logos shows up as the last phrase of the verse in the original Greek and can be rendered as  “…to His eyes, for him to us is the word”.  Both eyes and for him personalize who the logos is here namely Jesus.   So in these verses we see 2 distinct forms of the revelatory word God uses to show His character and will to us; the Bible and Jesus Christ.  One does not subsume or become the other, they are both distinct revelatory words of God.  How does the Bible speak to us today as God’s word?  By locking into all time the eternal precepts He wants us to know about Him and us.  How does the word Jesus speak to us today?  By inviting us into relationship through Him with the Father.  As He is living and reigning now (Rev 4), as He is present where and when 2 or 3 are gathered in His name, as He is in our hearts through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16-21) and as He can physically and visually manifest Himself to bring someone to Himself (like Saul on the road to Tarsus), He is able to lay open and lay bare our need for new life in Him.  Let us heed the call of the word.

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