Hebrews 4:12 says, “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.”
In other words, whether written or spoken, the Bible is “living” and active and has a spiritual power that accomplishes God’s purposes. Isaiah 55:11 tells us that the preaching of the Bible brings about God’s desired effects. The Bible is not like any other book because it has the power to bring about genuine and lasting, supernatural change within a person.
Romans 10:17 says “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Jesus compared the Word of God to the seed in His parable of the sower found in Matthew 13:1–23. A farmer’s seed, as is the Bible, is not dead, but living, and it has the ability to bring us abundant life just as planted seeds multiply and produce a harvest. The Bible, as the LIVING Word of God, is not inert or powerless. Hebrews 4:12 tells us “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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.”
The Bible reaches deep within us and examines our hearts and motivations. We see the living Word of God in action in the pages of the Bible. In Acts 4:4 it says, “Howbeit many of them which heard the Word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand.” The Bible is the living Word of God because it is the message given to us from the “living God.”
Hebrews 3:12 says, “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” Ephesians 6:17 says, “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” John 6:63 tells us, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”
John 17:17 points out that Scripture brings out the truth. “Sanctify them through Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” 1 John 2:14 says that God’s word literally lives within us: “I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known Him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” We see the living Word of God in action every time a sinner confesses their sins and turn to Christ and the believer’s changed life reveals confirmation as to the living, active power of the Bible. The living Word is active in the lives of those who receive it. Psalm 1:2-3 tells us, “the person who meditates on and delights in the Word will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.” The Word of God is still powerful and very much alive today and forever.