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 KJV)
“Piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit…” There is one word in this scripture verse that has captured my attention and is rolling around in my heart and mind; kind of like experiencing spiritual heartburn or having a migraine headache. As heartburn and headaches are an unsettling to physical health; spiritual heartburn is an unsettling or a searing questioning of a spiritual nature.
The word tumbling about in my heart and mind is the word divide or dividing. If I were to look this word up in a dictionary of this world I would find other words having similar meanings including: division, dividing, separate, partition, diverse, dissect, detach, split up, split apart, unconnected, remove, and isolate.
God says that His Word can be rightly divided.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV)
The word dividing in this scripture verse from Second Timothy means a straight cut or to dissect apart as in dissection of an animal in a Biology setting. This clearly means God’s Word can be dissected or sliced apart or divided according to the Truth rather than divided or be aligned according to the worldly teaching of man.
Sometimes God’s inspired use of a word in the Bible and the world’s use of the same word line up in comparison; and in other instances a word has been changed or altered over time. It is quite common for terms and definition coming from the world to change along with the formation of new words along with the updating of dictionaries according to use of slang and jargon made popular by whims of society which change often according to fleeting times we live in upon this earth.
We know, however, the Bible is a fixed standard built upon the foundation of the divine inspiration of God and does not ever change in word or meaning because God does not change according to Hebrews 13:8:
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8 KJV)
Hebrews 4:12 is speaking of the supernatural power of God’s living Word. His words are living and powerful; not just empty or ineffective words written upon a page. When His Word is spoken out loud it evokes His supernatural power serving to bring about the truth and the message of salvation. This supernatural power is all of God in a heavenly display of the colossal power of God of which mankind cannot ever fully comprehend or understand this side of heaven. Spoken scripture verses can bring about the power of God into everyday ordinary situations of life, without limitation, to those who can spiritually hear His Word it can cultivate faith in God according to His will. God’s power of bringing His Gospel message to mankind is not limited by anything upon this earth for bringing about the message of faith in God to mankind:
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)
The Bible defines His supernatural power in Hebrews 4:12 as “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…” This scripture verse points to His power as inwardly piercing to the dividing of man’s soul and spirit. His word does not just puncture the outer skin; leaving a small cut but it goes deep penetrating inwardly to the heart of the matter. Piercing the heart and discerning the intent of man’s thought and attitude of their heart. His Word punctures to the soul; like filleting man’s inner spiritual guts “piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow…” Inwardly piercing is a strong description used to further enhance one’s biblical understanding of the word dividing; that it is not just an outward manifestation man can hear with their ears, see with their eyes, or understand from a social, political, or worldly standpoint, but rather is a diligent work only God can perform on the inward parts to divide a person in the heart and mind towards the things of God as they hear His Word with spiritually tuned ears.
It is a holy working to inwardly separate or divide man from the things of this world directing him unto the things of God. Man lives upon this earth with freewill; having the choice to follow God’s inner leading or to suppress this righteously pointed pricking and filleting of his soul. Those who have this inner GPS guiding their life are in God’s spiritual family having placed active faith in Jesus Christ’s finished work upon the cross, thus being rightly divided according to the righteousness of God rather than the self-righteousness of unregenerate man.
Those who suppress this inner working of God’s leading choosing to live in a miserable existence propelled by their self-will never allowing the presence of God to reside in and work within their heart. Instead they are divided towards the evil and darkness of the god of this world rather than the holiness of God.
The world often chooses to wrongly divide according to such things as race, color, political affiliation, financial class, geographical location, language spoken, heritage and tradition, manner of religion, personal belief through exercising their personal choice. These are flimsy standards which will not hold up according to the sure foundation of God’s holiness. People are separated, classified, or divided, or being categorized together in like-minded groups according to societal trends, passions, and perceived norms according to the standards and morality of this world; far removed from the biblical standard of God who divides according to godly and ungodly living.
Social division serves to drive apart people those who are living according to the biblical standards of God from those who are living according to the precepts of the world as polar opposites: worldly thinking and rationalization heads off in an entirely opposite direction from righteous and godly based truth and precepts of His Word. This type of dividing is based on distinguishing differences, animosity, and hate and weaving them together in like differences. This division is rooted in rebellion against God causing striving and dissension towards God and His people; serving to alienate all godly thinking individuals and groups to stand apart and ostracized or persecuted from the “normalized” stinking thinking from the god of this world.
The holy and perfect dividing that comes from God, on the other hand, is rooted in His unconditional love, mercy, and grace. It is a pattern of dividing that serves as a spiritual adhesive or glue; bringing together in spiritual unity whosoever chooses through faith to believe in this supernatural power of God from the beginning of time, to the finished work of the cross, to the end of time to come. His divine dividing brings about a band of spiritual inseparableness according to the binding of His Word upon the hearts of His spiritual family; upon this earth and for all eternity.
All things are founded and based upon God and His perfect will and way but not all things or people in this world serve to recognize or acknowledge God as The Creator and Son of God and the Savior of all mankind. God calls His spiritual family to separate or divide, out of love, living as peculiar people set aside or apart from the darkness of this world apart from those who insist upon existing in enmity or against the pure light and holiness of God; finding a dwelling place in the darkness of this world.
The god of this world continually endeavors to dwell in opposition or in division away from the Truth of God. He covers or conceals his counterfeit agenda, which parades with an appearance of operating in love and devotion, but inwardly is rooted in hate, towards the things of God; serving to spiritually wedge or divide the things of God and man. God always has the best desire at heart for man according to His perfect will; Satan never has man’s best interests at heart but cloaks his dark agenda in a pseudo love which only serves to draw or divide men away from the things of God and into the control of the dark power of the god of this world.
The biblical meaning of divide is in great spiritual contrast to construed definition of this word in this world and must seem surreal or bizarre to those who are existing spiritually dead, not affected in their understanding to the holy things of God due to a seared or injured conscious. The Bible tells us that God’s Word and His teachings seem like stories and nursery tales instead of Truth to all spiritually dead people:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (Matthew 13:10-15 KJV)
Holy things are clearly not discernible, and after a time are not even in reach for those whose ears are shuttered to the Truth by God, because they are spiritually circling the drain according to their own choice spiraling towards certain physical death and judgment by God instead of being spiritually enlightened and obediently choosing to follow the Truth of God’s Word.
Television and Hollywood producers and authors who seek to be creative, not truthful, develop fancy fairy tales, science fiction horrors, or fantasies by distorting the Truth of God’s Word by compromising and twisting biblical accounts to fit snugly into their boldly contrived script or plot. These fabricators take actual biblical accounts such as creation, the flood, and the events of end times starting with the return of Christ unto the end of the world and mold them into clever dramas and fantasies that will hold the attention of the world; stirring up their feelings and emotions, creating entertaining experiences for their viewing pleasure but all are in enmity to the holiness and inspiration of God.
These altered biblical accounts, loosely based upon actual biblical events but filled with schemes of the god of this world, serve to confuse and muddle even many modern biblical illiterate professing Christians who cannot seem to rightly divide or discern between godly truths and evil disparity and lies of this world. For those individuals who do rightly desire be more intimately familiar with the things of God these depictions serve to cloud over any biblical truths they might have stored in their mind and heart causing false teaching, doubt, and disbelief to come in virtually unnoticed taking root and spreading into their thinking and actions which serve to divide and spiritually conquer the spiritual mindset of many who profess to be Christians in this world because many have failed to hide scripture’s of God’s Word inside their heart and mind.
The power in God’s Word is made alive and exercised in a professing Christian through actively seeking the Truth of scripture in conjunction with the inner working of the Holy Spirit dwelling inside the mind and soul of saved individuals. The Holy Spirit residing within a person is that inner voice which begs to ask important questions and serves to lead an individual in the direction of God; dividing spiritually appropriate according to the truth of God’s Word but man must be spiritually inclined to act upon the leading of the Holy Spirit working inside of him.
The Bible tells us His own will hear His voice and are able to discern His leading and teaching:
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (John 10:27 KJV)
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:10-14 KJV)