“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.” – Hebrews 4:12
We live in a Christian world today where everybody seems to be always hearing a “word” from the Lord or getting some new revelation from God. Because of those claims, some people wonder, “Does God regularly give additional information about Himself outside the Bible?” The answer to that is very clear in Scripture.
Jude 3 says, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.”
Or also in Hebrews 1 verses 1-2 where we read, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son…”
Jude says there is a body of true doctrine called “the faith” that has been delivered. The tense of this verb suggests a completed action. It is important to understand that the Bible is God’s living revelation.
Now, I can believe that Webster’s Dictionary is perfect, complete, and accurate. I can believe it contains every word I will ever need in life. But how likely am I to open a copy of Webster’s Dictionary and start reading? Even though it is perfect and complete, the dictionary is not living. That is what distinguishes the Bible from every other book.
For 2,000 years, God’s people have gathered regularly, sometimes under great persecution, for one reason: to listen to the Word of God. Why? It is because God’s Word is living. Hebrews 4: 12 says, “The word of God is living and active.”
That word “active” means it is full of energy. God’s Word is always doing something to people who listen to it or read it. It is God’s living revelation to us.