Hebrews 4:12 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.
Each week the Bible is intentionally opened at Cornerstone Church. Every class and every sermon is taken from the Bible not because it is part of an ancient religious tradition but because God has made His Word alive! Yes, alive with God’s mighty power. The first word in a Greek sentence heightens the significance of the word. Hebrews 4:12 begins with the Greek word, “alive.” So a literal translation would be, “Alive is the Word of God and active...” In the current series, Sermon on the Mount, we have experienced God’s living “two-edged sword” at work in our lives doing the necessary spiritual surgery that we need to be spiritually healthy.
Each week I hear from many Cornerstone worshipers who are experiencing the wonderful things God is doing in them as they learn to trust and obey. Marriages healed, past hurts resolved, guilt and shame released, hope revived and peace restored. The living God stands behind every promise and every principle of His Word with His infinite power. He makes sure that His truth accomplishes what He sent it to do because the truth is God’s most powerful weapon on earth.
Natan Sharansky, Israel’s former justice minister, went back to the Soviet Union where he had been isolated in solitary confinement for years. He arrived at the prison where they had kept him. His wife was with him, and as they were about to enter, he turned to his wife and asked: “Could I go in for a moment please, because this is where I found myself when I was all alone. There was no input from anywhere else but what was inside me.” She honored his request, and he went into the dark confines and spent a few minutes in there. When he came out, there was a battery of microphones waiting to hear what he might say. He told the reporters, “Please allow me to first go to the grave of Andre Sakharov before I make my statement.” Andre Sakharov is the scientist who gave the Soviets the atomic bomb. Sharansky went to the grave and laid a wreath and said this: “The reason I wanted to honor this man is because of what he said in the closing days of his life. Sakharov said, ‘I always thought that the most powerful weapon in the world was the atomic bomb. I have changed my mind. The most powerful weapon in the world is not the bomb. The most powerful weapon in the world is the TRUTH.’”
Two thousand years ago Jesus said this to some of His followers: “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) The idea of applying biblical principles is often misunderstood. It’s not simply a process of hear, believe, apply—as if one were putting on a new biblical truth like a borrowed overcoat. Two steps are missing between believe and apply: explore and discover. To explore a biblical truth means studying Scripture to understand what the surrounding context is, what the proper interpretation is, what the truth means for us, and what it reveals about God.
Furthermore, we must consider how any principle relates to the rest of the Bible. Digging into the Word softens hearts and minds so that the new truth can be believed and applied deeply.
The deeper we go into Scripture to explore, the new truth rises off the page and becomes real to us. We discover how the principle works and the proper way to apply it to our lives. As we do so, the rich truth becomes internalized. It isn’t simply tacked onto our actions as an external behavior; rather, we take the truth into our hearts and minds, enabling it to impact us from the inside out.
Making God’s principles an integral part of our lives is a delightful experience. Instead of feeling a passing fancy for a new biblical concept, we make truth our own, and we rejoice in it because God is alive and His Word is making powerful changes within us. A believer who has little evidence of God’s work in his life is probably not applying Scripture. Simply hearing and believing doesn’t make a concept yours. A principle is yours when you explore the truth, believe the truth, discover its place in your life, and apply the concept so that God can make it work. The most powerful weapon on earth is God’s two-edged sword.
"The living God stands behind every promise and every principle of His Word with His infinite power. He makes sure that His truth accomplishes what He sent it to do because the truth is God’s most powerful weapon on earth."
"To explore a biblical truth means studying Scripture to understand what the surrounding context is, what the proper interpretation is, what the truth means for us, and what it reveals about God."
"A principle is yours when you explore the truth, believe the truth, discover its place in your life, and apply the concept so that God can make it work."