A. Hebrews 4:12-13
“For the Word that God speaks is alive and active; it cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword: it strikes through to the place where soul and spirit meet, to the innermost intimacies of a man’s being: it exposes the very thoughts and motives of a man’s heart. No creature has any cover from the sight of God; everything lies naked and exposed before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”
B. Ephesians 6:17
(A Letter to the Ephesians from Paul)
“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
C. Song of Solomon 2:4
“He has brought me to his banquet hall, And his banner over me is love.”
The Word of God:
From A-C I see three analogies for the spoken and written word of God. One is that the Word of God is a Living Sword of the Spirit as though a sentient being that is actively moving around the globe cutting to men, women, and children’s’ hearts for the sake of the Kingdom of God as we are revealed truthfully before it and it is revealed truthfully in our hearts- to our innermost being.
While the Word of God (the Logos and Rhema of God in the Greek) travels around the earth- the Dunamis (Dynamite having its derivative in this Greek word for “the Gospel Preached”) too goes and moves with great power along side of the Logos and Rhema like a force no man has seen nor heard except when a life comes to Eternal-Life and quakes the earth while being transformed by the Dunamis- the Gospel of Christ of God.
Secondly, as a Christian who experienced the New Birth from Above, I see God’s word as a banner all around me and not unlike a banquet table. “Taste and See that the Lord is good.” His Book loaded with Promises – His Banner over me- what He speaks over my life is His Banner. It suggests to every tongue, tribe, people, and nation saying, “this is my beloved son and my banner over Him is my love.” So- yes, I do spend time in God’s written word (inspired word) because it is like a banner, a sword, a wall of living stones with God’s promises each stone having one all around me. When my enemies comes in like a flood, “He makes me wiser than mine enemies.” But- I have God’s promises to quell any harm when the enemy comes in like a flood for the battle belongs to the Lord.
D. Timothy 4:14 (A Letter to Timothy from Paul)
“Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done.”
(A Letter to the Romans from Paul)
“Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
It is an altogether mystery how Paul speaks to us and tells us not to gossip, endure evil, and overcome evil with good and then he mentions the very name of one of his many enemies (and remember- this letter and that man’s name and career would have been circulated in the whole region perhaps even damaging his biz- still Paul stepped into an Antinomy…a universe of antinomies where opposites seem to exist in harmony.)
Still, Paul did not take revenge. Ever been swarmed? During Paul’s whole ministry he was swarmed with those who mocked him- but, he was also at times swarmed by those who wanted the Jesus Paul preached to live in their hearts. Though swarming isn’t woven through every last string in our society- it exists- and yes, it does hurt when those who have ill-intent for our lives or see themselves as acting-out some great vengeance actually doing God a great service. On the playgrounds in our schools they are called Bullies.
When we are hurt on the one hand we might tell the name of the one who deeply hurt us and on the other hand we may “just leave it alone…let God be the judge and sort-out that person.” We need wisdom every day to know when to “just leave a bad situation alone and the person’s name out of it” or when it is time to blow a trumpet metaphorically.
This thing I do know- after all the grace, love, kindness, tenderness, loving-kindness, mercy, peace, and on and on and His Son- after all of God’s Patient-Investment in my life I wouldn’t want to be on the wrong end of things bullying and persecuting and double-talking-to-death to one like myself because He does and will repay whether people see and acknowledge whaasup is God’s “I will repay.” Rather- I just knowingly hang-out on and behind God’s Word and sometimes expose this or that…but, I know my Father and yours believer- He knows every detail. It is better to suffer harm than dole out every time someone does something cruel and to do good to those who harm us is simply leaving them with no defense or excuses when they stand naked before the Almighty- the Living God on That Day.
Suffering-Harm & God’s Promise of Revenge:
“Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign Lord. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live.”
G. Phillips N.T. 1 Corinthians 13:6
“It does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people.”
H. A Letter to the Corinthians from Paul
“On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.””
Disposition: Our Disposition?
At the end- our disposition over all these things is to be one of love your enemy and do good to those who spitefully use you. You see, our God takes no pleasure when a sinfully-wicked person dies- he takes no pleasure in that. He doesn’t say, “Oh, goody- there goes one more enemy down the drain.” No, it grieves God to see people hate His Ways so much right to the bitter end.
When our enemies fall down- we as Christians- are not to gloat over them and say, “good, he/she really had it coming.” Sometimes when I see God’s hand move upon His enemies, His children that are living like there is no God, and the innocent and good- I simply cry-out for them, raise my hand to heaven, and over a situation or person and listen to the Spirit of God as I do what I’m told to do- “pray for/do good to those who spitefully use…” This is no fluffy candy floss fluffy cloud sort of vain activity- prayer. My list of answers and amazing things answered in prayer would take up more time than I have.
The Two Witnesses
[These verses are for another time for me to speak on Transitional-Dispensations and The Administrative-Hand-of-God and how it differs from The Redeeming Hand of God]
“And I will give authority to my two witnesses to proclaim the message, clothed in sackcloth for twelve hundred and sixty days.”-6 These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands which stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone tries to harm them, fire issues from their mouths and consumes their enemies. Indeed, if anyone should try to hurt them, this is the way in which he will certainly meet his death. These witnesses have power to shut up the sky and stop any rain from falling during the time of their preaching. Moreover, they have power to turn the waters into blood, and to strike the earth with any plague as often as they wish.
Prayer: Father, I just release signs and wonders and all manner of the gifts of One-Spirit- Yours- upon this earth as a testimony to the truth I am speaking here. Father- in Jesus Name