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 The Energy Of Life   


"Somewhere in the Bible it says ..."  How often I hear these words spoken by those who have been Christians for decades?  "I've been a Christian for fifteen years," one man told me.  "Should I start reading the Bible?" he asked.  It amazes me that so many of us have so little knowledge of the Bible that we claim to be God's Word by which we are to live.  In light of this, read Hebrews 4:12, giving attention to the words "alive" and "active."


"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."


Whatever form God's Word takes at any given moment, which includes the Bible, Hebrews 4:12 states that it is a living entity, as the Greek word "zeo" translated as "alive" implies.  Since God's Word is a living entity, its purpose is to be productively active in our lives, as Hebrews 4:12 also states.  The Greek word "energes" is translated here as active.  We derive our English word "energy" from this Greek word, and energy defines "energes" perfectly. 


Energy is the process by which work is done, whether that work is kinetic, thermal, electrical, chemical, nuclear, or whatever.  Energy is invisible.  We don't see it, but we certainly experience its productive impact.  Humanity's very existence depends on energy.  Our bodies exert about six watts of energy at any given time.  When you think to turn on a lamp, energy produces that thought and the ability to turn on the lamp, and then, electromagnetic energy takes over and produces a lighted lamp.  Productive work, then, is fundamental to the essence of energy.   


In the Greek text of Hebrews 4:12, the Greek word "energes" is an adjective.  That means it describes the essence of God's Word to be pure energy.  God's Word, including the Biblical text, when carried to our minds and hearts by His Spirit works to produce its intended purpose in our lives.  


Hebrews 4:12 states that God's word is a living entity consisting of pure energy.  It's interesting to note that John 1:1 states that Jesus is also God's Word.  In fact the text states that Jesus is both with God and is God.  This leads me to conclude that energy is inherent in the very essence of God.  He, being energy, is the source of all forms of energy.  When God breathed the breath of life into humankind, divine energy produced life, and it is that energy that sustains all forms of life (Hebrews 1:3).  


Our survival depends on various forms of energy, which includes the energy that is God's Word.  That's why Jesus told us that we can't survive on food alone.  Our human existence as God created it to be depends on the living entity, the pure energy, that is God's Word (Matthew 4:4).  So, when we understand what we read in the Bible from this perspective, how can we not prioritize God's productive energy into our lives?  It really is the energy of life, more than most of us realize. 

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