The word is alive! It might sound metaphorical, but the Bible tells us otherwise; in fact, the word is actually identified throughout Scriptures as a spiritual entity.
In the past couple of days, I've been dedicating myself to studying the word and prayer. The more I researched this topic, the more I came to realize and understand that the word is a spiritual entity by his own right. In fact, the Bible identifies the word in this manner: "For Yahweh's word is alive and powerful" (Hebrews 4:12a, NLT).
Now, think about that for a moment. Let the idea settle within you that Yahweh's word is both alive and powerful. Not only is the word alive, it also has an extraordinary ability: Yahweh's word "exposes our innermost thoughts and desires" (Hebrews 4:14c, NLT). Not only is the word alive, the word is also capable to discern who you are! In essence, the word is also capable of reaching into the core of your being and making your innermost thoughts and desires be made manifest to light. The word interacts with who you are!
Many people read Hebrews 4:12 and overlook the idea that the word is a spiritual entity. Maybe perhaps they don't know any better? Maybe they haven't meditated on these verses and gave it much thought? I don't know! The fact is that Yeshua himself taught the idea that the word was very much a spiritual entity: "The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63b, NLT). Unlike many who believe that the word and Yeshua are one and the same person, the Bible has led me to understand that the two are distinct from one another so much so that the word, as a spiritual entity, revealed himself as such to Abraham the Patriarch (reference Genesis 15:1-4). How did Yahweh's word identify himself? He identified himself in the following manner: "Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great" (Genesis 15:1, NLT).
Just as much as the word is a shield to those who takes confidence in him, so too he is the one who will judge the nations of the earth. Some argue that G-d alone can judge people while others reason that Yeshua will be the one executing judgment; however, upon closer inspection of what the Bible says, you'll come to learn that it is the word who will execute judgment. Yeshua himself admitted to this idea!
"47 If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day" (John 12:47-8, NLT).
If you were to research this information out, you too may realize that this spiritual entity known as the word will execute judgment upon the nations of the earth. Unlike the word who judges the nations of their wickedness, Yeshua's function is not to judge; Yeshua's function is to preserve the world from the eminent danger that the world is in. Granted, some may reason the both Yeshua and the word are one and the same person; however, I reason otherwise. In Revelation 19: 4-11, we read again about how the word is coming upon the face of the earth to judge the nations. Unlike Yeshua's expected return to the earth seated on his throne of glory riding on the clouds of heaven, the word comes riding on a white horse, a quite unique and different coming compared to that of Messiah Yeshua.
"11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called Yahweh's Word. 14 And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. 15 From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of Yahweh, the Almighty" (Revelation 19:11-5, NLT).
While this spiritual entity identified as the active, living word of Elohim attempts to execute judgment upon the face of the earth, the Bible is rather clear on what Yeshua will one day do. It just so happens that amidst all the confusion, many haven't really given it much thought and confused Yeshua as being one and the same entity as the word. So, what says the Bible? The Bible says, "Yahweh sent his Son [Yeshua] into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Yeshua" (John 3:17, NLT).
So, instead entertaining the idea that either Yahweh or Yeshua will one day judge the world, I'm under the great impression that the word, a spiritual entity separate and unique from Yeshua, will come to judge. As the word is pouring out his wrath upon the nations of the earth, Yeshua will make himself manifest to save the world from such a devastating destruction.
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