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The Divine Energy


Hebrews 4:12 reads:


"For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."


I could write pages dissecting this verse but I won't.  I will only comment on the word "active" as it relates to God's Word effectively penetrating the core of who we are.  This might sound like New Age philosophical religion, but it's not.  It's Biblical theology.   


According to John 1:1, Jesus is the Word of God.  His eternal existence, as if it were words, speaks and defines the very essence of God.  According to Hebrews 4:12, God's Word, as just defined, must be effectively alive and active within the Christian.    


Our English word "active" in Hebrews 4:12 is translated from the Greek word "energes," which is derived from the Greek word "ergon," meaning "work."  Our English word "energy" comes from the Greek word "energes."  In both the Greek and English, energy can be defined as the capacity of work performed by a certain force.  In scientific terms, energy is seen in thermal energy, radiant energy, chemical energy, nuclear energy, electrical energy, motion energy, sound energy, elastic energy, and gravitational energy.  In New Age philosophical religion, energy is the work performed by a person's intuitive inner nature that is meant to inspire creative maturity in the person.  In Biblical theology, energy is the work performed by God's Word, the Divine Nature that is meant to create the character of God within the Christian.  Despite our human limitations to comprehend the totality of God's essence, you might say that He being spirit (John 4:24) is the source of all energy that is meant to work His will in both the material and spiritual universe.   


The apostle Paul wrote about this Divine Energy in Ephesians 1:18 and 19.  


"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the mighty working [Greek energia - English energy] of his strength."


Paul and the author of Hebrews 4:12 correctly concluded that the Divine Energy as seen in the Word of God must penetrate our hearts to such a degree that God's character becomes visibly evident in our lives.  


If God's Word is going to work effectively in our lives for all to see, it will take more than a mere few moments of daily meditative devotionals.  It will take all of our Holy Spirit empowered human energy to burn God's Word into our brains.  From there it can energetically penetrate our hearts to such a degree that we will think and live the godly character qualities of our Lord Jesus Christ. 



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