I wish to be found in Him. Are there not some who would be ready to own that sermons have occasionally had on them a mighty and almost overcoming effect; so that they have felt constrained to give full assent to the truths uttered in their hearing, though these truths have convicted them of heinous offences, and proved them placed in terrible danger. It cannot become this till it has made itself audible to the conscience. (Preacher's Promptuary of Anecdote. It was typified in the promise of Canaan — typified, but certainly not fulfilled — more certainly not exhausted. 1. We send a missionary to a barbarous tribe; he settles down amongst the savages; but he can employ no miracle; he can work no wonders to fix the attention, and win the confidence of his wild auditory. We stand in a very intimate connection with Him. The characteristics of the Divine Word as given in the text, which we have endeavoured to illustrate, should induce the individual inquiry, What am I doing to obstruct or to sustain its influence in my own soul? If any of you perish, you perish, not as heathen, bat as professed and baptized Christians; and how this will turn into a source of remorse and " the worm that never dies," if you perish with the name of Christian, with the Cross of Christ, upon your brow! It searches out what has hitherto lain buried in the heart, and uncovers the false and transient from what is true and eternal.3. How much more cautious ought you to be when you know, not a holy man, not an angel of God, but God Himself, the Holy One, is inspecting your heart, your tongue, your hand, every moment, and that He Himself will surely call you to account for all yea think, speak, or act!(J. H. Spurgeon.I. He did not become simply the Son of man, but the Son of men — the Son of mankind. We have yet further to do with this great God as our JUDGE. We also are passing through a great crisis. "Against Thee, and Thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight." He sees and knows all we think or do or say, End yet bow many people act as though God were both blind and deaf. "Sanctify them in the truth: thy Word is truth." Just to carry to God Himself, in the nightly confessional where we meet the one Judge, just the very thing itself which we did wrong, which we said wrong, just in so many words, that very day which is now being gathered to its parent days — ""hat is the Christian evensong. The text moreover declares that the Word "is sharper than any two-edged sword." "(Samuel Hayes.) We have to do with Him in anticipation, that we may be like Him for ever. The Word of God is a personal word — it speaks to the personal being, as God made and as God sees him. By the former he is related to the brute creation; by the latter he is related to angels and to God himself, who is the "Father of spirits." If we did not make ourselves, if we did not string the harp, we cannot keep it attuned; if we did not form the mechanism we cannot keep it from decay and dissolution. It comes not to flatter and to soothe; it comes not to encourage us with half-true, half-false encomiums; it does not call the flesh Spirit, but condemns it as flesh and enmity against God. Listen to Hebrews 4 using the KJV Bible online. The Word of God enters the conscience to convert or to smite.2. )God with usBaxendale's Anecdotes.Horace Bushnell woke up in the night and said, "Oh, God is a wonderful Being!" This is only because the hearers are utterly inattentive; because they give no heed whatever to the statements of the preacher; but go through the business of the sanctuary as a matter of form, in which they have no interest. )The mighty power of the WordW. So judging ourselves, we shall not be judged. The men happened to know this, and it often quickened them in their various duties to know that the master's eye from the little attic window might possibly at that very moment be resting upon them. I. On, where is Christ? THESE IS ALSO A WORD OF OURS TO GOD. But I do not. The conversation is not between two equals, either of whom must contribute his share to the instruction and enjoyment of the meeting. "As a man talketh with his friend," was God's own account of His communication with the hero-saint of Israel — then it was the privilege of the one or two, now it is the very birthright and citizenship of the promiscuous world of the redeemed. Thus we reach the double text, which tells of the impossibility of eluding God's judgment by any differences of circumstance, or by any counterfeits of character. I believe in a personal God. in those three thousand souls, when, pricked in their hearts, they went to the apostles? How ought we then to estimate it? So judging ourselves, we shall not be judged. But, now, there remains a most important question — how comes it to pass that if the Word of God possess this dissecting power, so that it lays man bare and exposes to his own eye all the secrecies of his soul — how comes it to pass that so little effect is actually produced? In any operation even the women sit unmoved. We can see the power or energy of the Word when it fills those that hear and receive it with strong emotions, filling them with fear and terror, with grief and contrition; we can see its power in the sudden and striking changes it produces, when the thoughtless and worldly, the selfish and depraved, are arrested and quickened by its mighty power. "The Word of God," His utterance in judging, His discernment of character, His estimate of conduct, is no dead or dormant thing; it is living and active; it is sharper than any two-edged sword; it divides and discriminates where man sees only the inseparable; " soul and spirit," the immaterial part of us in one aspect and the same immaterial part of us in another aspect, it can cleave in twain; thoughts and feelings, exercises of intellect and exercises of affection, it is apt and quick to distinguish between and to pronounce upon. They sometimes begin to question if God loves them. Hebrews 4:12-13 For the word of God is alive and active. we have to do with Him as our LAWGIVER. We live not on mere notions and impressions; we begin to apply our knowledge to our actual state and to our daily walk: we are delivered from hypocrisy, which is since the Fall the great disease of mankind. If we want to discriminate at any time between the soul and the spirit, and the joints and marrow, let us go to the Word of God for discrimination. The speech of God is to thee — His discourse, His self-disclosure, His mind uttering itself, His Spirit breathing itself in converse. 2. I cannot call my "holy things" holy, for they are full of sin. "That is your affair," I replied. Was it not mighty in David, making him cry, "Peccavi"? Its power is as fresh as if God spake it but yesterday.". We should be induced to employ the most zealous efforts for the circulation of the Divine Word by means of printed copies, and the support of Christian ministrations, both at home and abroad.3. "(Pasteur Hirsch. That we discriminate by its means between truth and falsehood. What pains do we take to please, to give satisfaction, to win applause, to be admired if it may be so, at all events to avoid censure one of another. It is no marvel if to such as these the Word of God should not be as a "sword." He has given a law; and all things — the sun, the moon, the planets, the stars — have laws; summer and winter, autumn and spring, have all their laws and appointed times — the clouds have their laws, and the light above — everything has its laws; and do you Suppose the moral world hath no law, that the great God hath left the mind and spirit without anything to control or guide it? Yet there is a patience that I believe to be harder—the patience that can run. And my dreams about teaching or preaching in my birthday suit indicate that fear of exposure still runs deep … Continue reading "Commentary on Hebrews 4:12-16" Today's sermon to the Hebrews hits close to home for us in contemporary America. II. To tills we come when we are sick to death and broken down. The speech of God is to me, and my speech is to Him. Hewitt. We have to do with God, or, at least, we may have to do with Him — we have if we are wise, we have if we are saved — as OUR RECONCILED FATHER, "the Lord our Righteousness," in whom we are chosen, in whom we are sealed, in whom we are at peace with God. On the contrary, it addresses itself to man's reason and conscience, in order to erect the supernatural upon nature. I lost sight of her for three weeks. )God a PersonJ. We have yet further to do with this great God as our JUDGE. When the Word thus dwells in us, we give glory to God, and we are spiritually-minded. The text says of this crisis, of this trial, that it is the interchange, so to speak, of two "words" — the dialogue, I had almost said, of two speakers — the word of God judging, and the word of the man making answer and giving account. They may be said to clothe themselves in that thick armour, the armour of indifference, and though dissection may be going on all around, they ward off from themselves the knife of the anatomist. It is so. "Even to the dividing of soul and spirit;" not dividing the soul from the spirit, but dividing the soul itself and the spirit itself. We have to do with God fundamently and pre-eminently as our CREATOR Whence came we? Strange that men live on year after year and go up and down, sleeping and waking, toiling and resting, mourning and rejoicing, and yet they can forget how it is that they live and continue in life; how it is that reason still holds its seat; how it is that the heart still throbs; how it is that the harp strings are kept in tune; how it is they are not continually tormented with anguish, distemper, and distress: can any man account for this? Revealing.II. Its adaptation to all ages and all peoples. And yet all these are external, as such, to the very "spirit of the man that is in him." We have to do with Him, "groaning within ourselves, and waiting for the adoption: to wit, the redemption of our bodies"; and we are able to testify that it is through His grace that He has made us His children. Oh I to have to do with God in peace, and reconciliation, and adoption; to have to do with God, not because we must, but because we would be "made willing in the day of His power," to have His love constraining us so that we yield ourselves to Him as "those that are alive from the dead, and our poor members as instruments of righteousness unto God." c. The seed contains the DNA code to reproduce the original tree, or flower or shrub. However, it is helpful to view Hebrews 4:12 … "Sir," said a poor maniac, that had escaped from bedlam, and was passing along the streets of London, to a gentleman he met at the angle of one of the streets, "did you ever thank God for reason?" The Word of God is frequently compared to a sword. Wisdom Literature We also are passing through a great crisis. )The self-evidencing power of the BibleH. Minor Prophets The two "words" of which the texts tell are not independent words. That we let it criticise us, and our opinions, and projects, and acts, and all about us. It is a living and incorruptible seed. I tell you no. THE LESSONS WHICH WE SHOULD LEARN THEREFROM.1. The Word of God came, and the word of man made reply on the strength of it. This verse reminds us that there are no secrets from God. It is doing what all the philosophy in the world could never do. The Word comes forth like the sun, and introduces the knowledge of Christ and of His gospel into all the world. The lines made by sin were erased, and God gave them a new countenance. But it is not the only one. The Word of God is discriminating. It is that of which our Lord said, in reference to the volume of His own evidences, "Yea, and why even of yourselves," without waiting for sign or portent, "judge ye not what is right?" And the Word which proceedeth out of the mouth and heart of God, the Word of which Christ is the substance, and which is given and watched over by the Spirit, is also living; for God's words are spirit and life. Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV) Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. And lastly, since this Book is meant to be a discerner or critic of the thoughts and intents of the heart, let the Book criticise us. There is no independent life but in the one Fountain of all life, and all other life is a life of dependence — a dependence of the creature on the Creator, of the thing made upon the Maker, of the thing living on Him that gave it life. The Old Testament The operation of truth is sometimes remarkably " quick " as well as "powerful." But, thankful as we ought to be for this great privilege, do we know also the majesty and the power of the Word of God? Without the Divine and mighty Ruler of all, what would take place? What an independence, what a dignity would it give to it! "Sir," said a poor maniac, that had escaped from bedlam, and was passing along the streets of London, to a gentleman he met at the angle of one of the streets, "did you ever thank God for reason?" of Scripture. How much more guarded and serious should our deportment be, seeing that we are ever watched by Him whose eyes are like a flame of fire!(C. The Scripture, as the written Word, is according to Christ and of Christ; and by it Christ is heard, received, and formed in the soul. What haste do we make to explain, to excuse, to apologise for, to daub with obtrusive whitewash, our little dubious acts, our little unfortunate speeches. The conversation is not between two equals, either of whom must contribute his share to the instruction and enjoyment of the meeting. in Josiah, making his heart to melt? Then how sweet to have to do with Him as our SANCTIFIER — Our portion for ever; our Sanctifier, restoring us from the ruins of our fallen race, and raising us again to be a temple meet for His own habitation; beautifying us with grace that shines in the Adam here, and that will shine more brightly in the Second Adam. No one is going to explain away their bad behavior by making excuses before God. THE CONCLUSIONS TO BE DRAWN FROM THESE STATEMENTS.1. Universal anarchy, chaos, and desolation. A. Spurgeon. I believe in the beautiful summary of our Creed, and in the scriptural voice of our Chinch, "first, I learn to believe in God the Father, who made me and all the world; secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed me, and all mankind; thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God." On the contrary, it is a trumpet call to decision. 4. Then again, with regard to the conscience, the Word of God is quick and powerful, for it annihilates the spirit of self-defence, extenuation, and apology, together with those self-righteous principles which exist in the unregenerate man.3. And clearly it relates to an operation upon the soul of man, to some new state of being generated and produced. How ought we then to estimate it?2. The very conception of the spiritual is enshrined in the bosom of God's Word. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. There is a Word of God in Providence. Johannine Writings The Old Testament The Word enters the heart and makes an impression there; it pierces through even to the spirit, and works mightily there. Our word of account is to God. And, therefore, with all the differences which there may be amongst men, differences in dispositions and tempers, partly from nature and partly from education, we still take the Scriptural characteristic as actually belonging to every one; and holding up this characteristic, we affirm that we hold up the perfect image or likeness of each man or each woman, without a solitary exception; and we boldly make our appeal to every hearer of the Word, and demand of him whether the preacher do not morally affect such an exhibition of him to himself, that that Word may most justly be described as — "a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart"? The Word and its accompanying grace, with its doctrines, and promise, and ordinances, with the manifold ministrations of the Spirit, brings the mind altogether into a new condition. "Effects of the BiblePasteur Hirsch.A dealer in low publications taunted me about the Bible. )Quick and powerfulG. in those three thousand souls, when, pricked in their hearts, they went to the apostles? I realize that the road they once travelled was leading them to destruction, and I praise God for the power of His word, that has given them new life. A remarkable instance of its quick and mighty operation is recorded in the conversion of Paul.5. "The Word of God," His utterance in judging, His discernment of character, His estimate of conduct, is no dead or dormant thing; it is living and active; it is sharper than any two-edged sword; it divides and discriminates where man sees only the inseparable; " soul and spirit," the immaterial part of us in one aspect and the same immaterial part of us in another aspect, it can cleave in twain; thoughts and feelings, exercises of intellect and exercises of affection, it is apt and quick to distinguish between and to pronounce upon. It is thus a "discerner of the thoughts.". Pauline Epistles Yes, preservation.III. But experience is all against you when you would conclude that Christianity cannot make way without miracle. No one can for ever despise it with impunity. The phrase "all things" indicates the universal range which the eye of Jehovah takes. Melvill, B. D.)The Word of GodJ. And my speech is to Him — my discourse, my self-disclosure, my uttered mind, my soul expressing itself in audible thought. Stanford, D. D.A leader of thought in Germany, famous as a poet, famous as a man of letters — who had through his long literary career fought against the idea of a personal God — when poor in purse, paralytic in body, and in his last week of life wrote thus to one of his old class-mates, and under its style of banter I detect a pathetic minor of earnest feeling. It searches the whole of man's nature most rigorously. 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