Biblical Reflections: Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 4:12 – 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.

People often don’t like the truth. We say it hurts or stings. Deep down most people secretly realize that they are prone to vanity and foolish thoughts. The truth cuts through all the silly notions that we hold. Sin is especially sensitive to the effects of truth.

The Scriptures say that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness…”(Romans 1:18). We are accountable to God to acknowledge the Truth and live accordingly. The Truth was manifest in Jesus and the Holy Spirit (yet another aspect of God) lives within believers.

Jesus put it this way, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:15-17). If we call Jesus the “Flesh” of the Truth, then the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Therefore, Jesus dwells in Spirit in the heart of the saints. How wonderful! Our bodies are indeed the Temple of the Living God (1Corinthians 3:16).

With this power comes responsibility to obey and witness to the hope within us. At times the Truth is lovely and beloved. At other times, the Truth reveals ugliness and evil. At these times, the Truth is often rejected and the witness to it is persecuted.

The Apostles were often accused and abused for speaking the Truth about Jesus. They were beaten and commanded to cease teaching in the name of Christ. Peter’s response to his accusers was clear, “We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5:27-33). The Jewish leaders were so affected by the Apostle’s word that says, “They were cut to the heart , and took counsel to slay them.” (Acts 5:27-33)

While we must be sure to follow the example handed down by Christ and His Apostles. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man” (Colossians 4:5-6). Speak the Truth in love, but speak the Truth!

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