THE Word, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14). His mission? To abolish the hostile division within mankind and to unify the divided soul and to make all “one new man”. (Ephesians 2:13-15).
Hebrews 4:12’s meaning has been quite allusive to me until I heard my dear friend, Paul, talk about the sword going through instead of dividing the spirit and soul. My spirit erupted and I knew I was shown the connection this passage had to its previous verses, “There still remains a Sabbath rest for God’s people”. (Hebrews 4:9). This concept was true rest.
So, how can this verse really be about piercing through, like a shish kebab, instead of dividing and separating? We’ve spent years trying to divide the soul and the spirit. I’ve preached it as many others have. Yes, this idea has been valuable in revealing where we have functioned out of the flesh instead of the spirit and understanding the difference. But, in reality Jesus came to make our spirit one with our soul and body bringing us into God’s unifying rest.
The traditional translation for Hebrews 4:12 is:
For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and quick to discern the thoughts and intents of the heart.
As I began to research the Greek words for this scripture I then wrote my own translation:
The word of God is alive and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, reaching through as far as the end of separation of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow and the decisive thoughts and intent of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Let’s examine the Greek so we can see how I came up with this translation:
The Greek word for piercing is diikneomai which means to reach through. Then there is the Greek word for to (as in even to) is achris which means as far as or until. This word is akin to the word terminus and its dictionary definition is the final point; the end. So the expanded idea is that the sword is reaching all the way through to the end of the other side of the divided soul and spirit and joints and marrow and the decisive thoughts and intent of the heart. The Word penetrates through and through the division of a man bringing him into wholeness, through salvation (sozo) which the Greek definition is whole, healed and delivered.
This scripture is about unifying us not dividing us. It’s about anchoring us into God. After all Jesus is the anchor of our soul, the sword piercing through our every part and nailing us into the Father even as His flesh was nailed to the cross. He seated us with Him in heaven as a whole man.
It’s time to be skewered by the alive and active sword of the Word!