“For 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.” (NIV)
How is God’s Word “sharper than any double-edged sword”?
We genuinely receive the Word of God into our minds by reading, listening to, and “spiritually consuming” the words of the Bible. In other words, receiving Scripture is much more than an information-gathering pursuit. In fact, Bible study alone will not give us eternal life. Remember the Pharisees in Jesus’ day? They often memorized entire texts, yet they failed to experience the truths found in God’s Word.
Instead, we must metabolize God’s life-giving words. We allow His message to become ours; we invite His life to surge through us. The goal is to know Jesus better, to walk with Him, to become like Him ... to have a deeper relationship with Him.