God's Two Edged Sword
by George Kirkpatrick
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Many times when things are going good we'll forget God and His Word. We act like we deserve everything He has given us. When this happens we need a reminder, a refresher course, in what we should be doing:
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword. Piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and the morrow. And is a discerner of the thoughts and intents o f the hearts." Hebrews 4:12
First we discover the Word of God is quick. The word quick means "alive, to breathe, to enjoy real life." Through the Word of God we can know how God intended for His creation man to live. Paul revealed to the Corinthians how we are to live:
"But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the Word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth, commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God." II Corinthians 4:2
The word renounce means "to speak against." We are to speak against the hidden things of dishonesty, those things to be ashamed of.
We are not to walk in craftiness. The word craftiness means "dishonest in one's dealings with others." We are to be honest and above board in all our dealings, our talk, and our actions.
We are not to handle the Word of God deceitfully to get what is not ours. Our words should always manifest the truth of God and His Word. Paul revealed to the Hebrews:
The Word of God is powerful. The word powerful means "to be effective and active." God's Word should be effective and active in our lives.
The Word of God is our guidepost. Everything we say and everything we do must line up with the Word of God.
"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" II Corinthians 10:5
We need to cast down our imaginations, those thoughts that are not of God. We also need to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bring every thought into captivity. When we have thoughts and imaginations that do not exalt God or our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we need to bring these thoughts and imaginations into captivity so they do not cloud our minds with things of no importance. Paul revealed:
"For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. The phrase two edged means "two mouthed, or double mouthed." In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul tells us what this two-edged sword is:
"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:" Ephesians 6:17
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. As Paul stated, the two- edged sword, or the Word of God, pierces or penetrates the soul and the spirit which is the soul (natural man) and the spirit (the spiritual).
The soul is the innermost part of man. The soul is the mind of man. The mind operates the fleshly part of man, his thinking, his mode of operations. The mind detects between hot and cold. The mind gives the impulse that makes the heart pump the blood, etc.
The spirit of man is the life of God that makes the mind work. The spirit of man is the conscience of man to know good and evil. So the two- edged or two-mouthed sword speaks and separates between the soul of man and the spirit of life in man. The two-edged sword is what overcomes the fleshly part of man so we can live by the Spirit of God.
The Word of God divides the soul and the spirit, or it ministers to what our soul (mind) should think and how the Spirit should direct our lives so we may be pleasing to God.
The two-edged sword, the Word of God, also divides the joints and the marrow, or it divides the moral and spiritual sense of man. Without the two-edged sword, man would have no direction between right and wrong, what is moral and immoral. Without the sword of the Spirit in man's life, he would act as a beast, doing what pleases himself and his flesh. We see this all around us in those who do not live by the Word of God. Peter speaks of these:
"But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;" II Peter 2:12
Those who do not have the sword of the Spirit active in their lives are natural brute beasts who live by the law of the jungle and will perish in their own corruption. These continue to speak evil of things of which they have no understanding. They cannot understand the things of God because the Spirit of God is not active in their lives.
One thing we know for certain is that God is going to judge the house of God and the world by His Word. He will start at the house of God, then the world:
"And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God." Revelation 19:15
The fierceness of God's wrath will be spoken into existence by His mouth, and His mouth will proclaim His Word. When you think about it, the only way God can judge righteously is by the Word He gave His creation to live by. He, alone, will tread the winepress of the wrath of God. Isaiah proclaims:
"I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger, and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment." Isaiah 63:3
"Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth." Revelation 2:16
Jesus has called His people to repent. If we do not stay in a place of repentance, then as Jesus revealed, God will fight against us with the sword or the word of His mouth. When God fights against us, the first thing we lose is His blessings and protection. This will drive us to our knees to repent.
God also expects us to have this two- edged sword in our mouth. When we speak and minister, it must be by the Word. The prophet Isaiah knew this:
"And He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand hath He hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in His quiver hath He hid me;" Isaiah 49:2
Our mouth should be a sharp sword. Our words should pierce between that which is soulish and that which is spiritual.
As Isaiah reveals, we are hid in the shadow of His hand. The word shadow means "protection." If we are in the Father's hand, then nothing can touch us. Jesus related this to His disciples:
"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.
My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand." John 10:27-29
If we are His sheep, then we know His voice, and are hid in the shadow or protection of His hand. No man can pluck us out of God's protective hand. The only way we can get out of the Father's protection is when we fail to keep His Word and refuse to repent.
As Isaiah related, "We are a polished shaft." The word polish means "chosen, choice and proven." God has cleansed our lives so it causes no friction in His intended purpose for our lives. We are a polished shaft in His quiver, or God has made us His arrows of deliverance. We are polished so, as a polished arrow in the hand of God, we can hit God's intended target for our lives. In God's hand, we can hit the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. The prophet Jeremiah declared God's two-edged sword:
"Is not My Word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 23:29
God Word is like a fire. Fire cleanses or destroys. No man can gainsay or resist the Word of God. It is like a fire when they hear it. It will have a cleansing effect in their life and it will destroy any objections they have of God's Word. The prophet Malachi relates
"But who may abide the day of His coming? And who shall stand when He appeareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:" Malachi 3:2
It is the fire of God's Word that cleanses us like fuller's (laundry) soap. It is only through this cleansing process that we can be acceptable in the sight of God.
God's Word is like a hammer. It will break down all resistance to the two-edged sword God has put in our mouths. The people may not receive God's Word coming forth from our mouths, but they cannot come against it. Isaiah declares what God is going to do:
"But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked." Isaiah 11:4
After all, the meek are going to inherit the earth. This cleansing process is necessary to prepare us to rule and reign with Christ for 1000 years and then for all eternity.
God's judgment is coming, but it will be with righteousness, equity, justice and equality. How will He do this? He will do this with the rod of His mouth. The word rod means "authority." How does God use His authority. It s by judging by His Word. God says it is by His breath or RUWACH (Spirit) that He will slay the wicked. The wicked cannot stand in His presence.
God speaks much in His Word about His two-edged sword:
"Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;" Psalm 149:6
The high praises of God should always be in our mouth and His two-edged sword should be in our hand at all times. This is how the world is to know we belong to Him.
"For the Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Hebrews 4:12
Everything up to the last part of this Scripture is to lead up to what the two-edged sword is to be in our lives. The two edged sword is a discerner. The word discerner means "relating to judging, fit and skilled for judging." We must allow the two-edged sword to judge every thought and intent of our heart. Every thought, and all our intentions, should line up with the Word of God.
The Strong's Concordance says the heart denotes the center of all physical and spiritual life, the soul or mind, as it is the fountain and seat of the thoughts, passions, desires, appetites, affections, purposes, and endeavors. We need to ask ourselves, "What are the thoughts and intents of our inner most being?" This is what God sees, and this what God judges. Let's look at a few Scriptures concerning our thoughts. Jesus is our example. It is said of Him:
"And needed not that any should testify of man: for He knew what was in man." John 2:25
We need to ask ourselves, "Does God know what we are thinking?" David understood God knew every one of his thoughts:
"Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off." Psalm 139:2
God knew when David sat down and He knew when he got up. He knew David's every thought. David thought:
"Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it." Psalm 139:3-6
You may ask, "How does God know our every thought?" It was beyond David's knowledge, as it is beyond our understanding. All we need to know is that God knows, and we need to take every thought into captivity.
God knew every move David made. He knew what he was going to say before he said it. When Jesus was on earth, he, too, knew what people were thinking:
"And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?" Matthew 9:4
Jesus know their thoughts were evil.
"And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?" Mark 2:8
Again, Jesus knew the thoughts and intents of their hearts.
"And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:" Matthew 12:25
Jesus knew they were double minded, desiring the things of the Kingdom and at the same time still desiring the things of the world. Because their kingdom was divided it brought desolation. The same is true for us. If our thoughts are divided between the things of God and the things of this life, then our kingdom will be brought to desolation. We to be single minded in the things of God.
Then Jesus gave us insight. If our house is divided against itself. It, too, will not stand. We are the house, the temple of God. We need to be single minded with our mind stayed on God's Kingdom within:
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do." Hebrews 4:13
The word creature could have been translated creation. Everything God created is manifested or brought to light in His sight. All things are naked (laid bare) before His eyes. Like David, God knows our down sitting, our uprising and our laying down. He knows every word before we speak. Jeremiah, too, knew the power of God concerning His creation:
"I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings." Jeremiah 17:10
God searches the thoughts and intents of our hearts, and He will deal with us accordingly. He always witnesses the fruit of our doing, or what fruit we are producing. Jesus spoke to John:
"It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." John 6:45
How are we taught? It is only by the Word. God's Word is the only way back to God. The only question we need to ask ourselves is, "What are the thoughts and intents of our heart?" Is our two edged-sword speaking God's Word, or does it talk about everything else? We need to always make sure the thoughts and intents of our hearts are towards God.
The thing we need to know is that the two edged sword pierces the soul and the spirit. Man does not change from the outside. Man cannot change himself. Man must change on the inside. The only way this can be accomplished is by God's Word. The more we seek God in His Word, the more we will change. The change is in the way we think. When our thinking changes, than we change.
This is why God's Word declares the Kingdom of God comes from within and comes without observation. We change because our thinking changes. When our mind changes than our actions change. This is what Paul was trying to relate when he wrote about the two-edged sword.
When we are carnal, we fight change.
But when our mind begins to change, we accept change.
When our desire is to come into the image of God, we demand change.
This is when the Word of God has done its miracle work in our life.
This is when high praises of God are manifest to our God because we have the two-edged sword in our hand.