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Hebrews 4:12

"For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." [ESV]

I used to read this Bible verse and say, "Word of God   —   sword of the spirit   —   got it.   Just like Ephesians 6."   But is that what this author is really saying?

Ephesians 6:17 says that the sword of the spirit is the word of God.   But Hebrews 4:12 says that the word of God is sharper than a sword.

In other words, Hebrews 4:12 says that the word of God is UNLIKE a sword.   In what way?   Well, a sword is dull; the word of God is sharp.

What is sharper than a double-edged sword?

A scalpel.

The word of God (in this description) isn't a crude slashing instrument.   It performs delicate exploratory surgery; it lays bare the human heart, revealing its thoughts and intents.