Rev 2:12 KJV And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
In the letter to the church at Pergamos, the Lord describes Himself as “he which hath the sharp sword with two edges. “ As we have seen in a prior devotion, this sharp two-edged sword is a symbolic representation of the Word of God. This is not the only place where the Word is described as a sword…
Heb 4:12-13 KJV – “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
In this Hebrews passage we can learn much more about the Word and why it is symbolized as a two-edged sword. Please notice the main points of this passage…
The Word of God is pictured as a sword because it’s work involves:
- piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, – can clearly separate between physical and spiritual natures of a man
- piercing even to the dividing asunder of the joints and marrow – can clearly separate between the joints and marrow of which they are made
- a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart – can clearly reveal the calculations and motives taking place in the mind
In all the above the basic idea is that the Word can clearly divide, expose and bring to recognition the most intimate, secret and personal aspects of the human being. It is much like a scalpel being used by a doctor to open the patient and reveal the innermost body parts and their condition.
No one can fool the Word of God. When an individual uses the Word for self-examination, he will be able to clearly see his innermost condition. When brought into the light of the Word all sinfulness and depravity are brought into clear view. This is why we are told that the lost “will not come to the light”…
Joh 3:19-21 KJV – And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Folks, may we always be willing to open up ourselves using God’s Word to expose and bring to our mind the sin that we harbor in our lives. Once the see our sin in the light of the Word may we confess it and turn from it, relying on the Lord to cleanse us and give us victory over it.
It is only through this process that we may keep ourselves “unto honour, sanctified, meet for the Master’s work , and prepared unto every good work”…
2Ti 2:19-21 KJV – Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: