Dear Friend of Vision
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The word for “word of God” is logos (vs Rhema or Graphe), which can be interpreted as thought, intention or purpose, even meaning. According to some lexicons, the best view of the word is “expressing the thoughts of the Father through the Spirit”. It is the thoughts of the Father, spoken to us by Holy Spirit as we encounter the Lord and his word; that is able to discern our hearts, and judge our thoughts. This is not for the purpose of condemnation, but loving correction and encouragement in the journey of life. His word is life and light, as we walk in the light (see 1 John 1:7) we are ultimately conformed to the image of Christ, through our fellowship with him and each other.
Why is this important? Well, in the context of the letter to the Hebrews, a church already scattered and under persecution, the most important thing to pursue was what has already been obtained for them through the cross…peace…rest…shalom. Anxious hearts, troubled minds by the cares of the world, thoughts that are focused on making it through the day need to be refocused by a living word, the logos of God, Jesus himself revealed through the word to get us back on track.
Part of our responsibility as leaders is to be a purveyor of light, one who brings a word in season, usually a rhema word, but one taken from the Logos word, which will help our brothers, sisters, parishioners, and students move forward in their God given calling, unhindered by thoughts that need to be taken captive to the obedience of Christ (2 Co.10). So, lets pray for each other, to be open to the sharp word of the Lord that is able to help us, strengthen us, guide us, heal us, deliver us…a living word, not dead letter.