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.
I was reading over the “verses of the month” archives found on our old “Alive in Christ” website, and noticed something. For several years, from 2002 to 2007, I would post a few verses as the verses of the month. As I was reading through these verses, I noticed that, while the dates of the verses were nearly a decade ago, the Scriptures themselves did not seem old. Indeed, the Scriptures felt new and fresh and powerful. The dates are past, but the inspired text is yet present.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matt 6:19-21
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. Matt 6:24
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. I Tim 6:8
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Heb 13:5,6
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. Ps 57:1
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. I Cor 10:12
The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
I Cor 15:34
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Christ Jesus.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I Cor 15:57,58
– Sample from the AIC Verse of the Month archives.
Reading this, we see that we can’t really put a date on Scripture. It cannot be dated. The dates do not adhere to the sacred text. They don’t stick. God’s word is dateless, timeless and ageless. It is eternal. It is preserved forever. It is ageless. It does not age. It does not grow old. It is still as fresh as it was the day that the Lord inspired the human writers to compose it. It is still as anointed as it was the day that it was penned. It is still powerful. Scripture, like God, exists outside of time. It existed long before He inspired holy men to write it. It is ancient, and yet modern. It is still relevant, despite cultural claims to the contrary. Those who see it as only an ancient book are merely looking at it through carnal eyes. (Or not looking at it at all.) While written thousands of years ago, it is still new today.
It is the Word of Life (Phil 2:16; 1 John 1:1). It is alive, and it makes us alive (Ps 119:88). The Gospel is still leading people to salvation. It is quick and powerful. It is sharper than any double-edged sword. It discerns the very thoughts and intents of our hearts. What other text can do this? Certainly, nothing dead can. The word “quick” here means that it’s living. It is living and it is powerful. It has the power to save souls and change lives. It is not, as the world puts it, a dead letter, an ancient text. One who truly studies it out will see that it is indeed ageless. It is the Word of Life. It lives and gives life to those who read it. It was not written by the will of man. It is written by a God who loves us and wants to reconcile us to Himself.