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Living in victory, part 9: Spiritual surgery

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NASB95)

12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Sometimes people might hire a housekeeper for a day or so, and the lady of the house will clean up before the housekeeper gets there. She doesn’t want to be embarrassed by having the housekeeper see her house a mess.

There may also be people who are sick, and want to wait until they feel better before going to the doctor.

There could be many reasons for his type behavior.

One might be plain old pride, wanting to appear as not needing any help.

Another might be embarrassment.

Another might be shame, feeling that one must measure up somehow.

We can see the folly of this pretty easily, but can we see the folly of how we often act in spiritual matters?

We all have a nasty condition called sin, even nice upstanding Christians. No matter how we straighten it up, or how we dress it up, we still have this nasty condition and there is only one cure – radical surgery.

The Word of God is intended to open us up and cut out the sin that is in us by exposing it to the light of the word.

The Word of God is often called the Bible, and it is to an extent, but that isn’t what the writer is getting at. Here the “word” is the Logos. It is the same Logos, or “word” found in John 1:1. It is Jesus Christ, the essence of God.

It is this that is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword. It cuts to the heart of the matter … dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, thoughts and intentions. It takes a very sharp knife to do something like this. But that is what God has promised to do for us if we will submit to his surgical blade.

It may be a bit painful, and even messy, but it is the surgery we must have in order to have all of God. The sins must be exposed by the light of the Word before they can be dealt with. (See John 1:4-5, and 3:19-21)

And verse 13 tells us that He sees everything already anyway.

So let us not try to dress ourselves up for the housekeeper, or wait until we feel better before we go see the doctor.

This is a part of what entering God’s rest is about.


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