Hebrews 4:1-13
Hebrews 4:12


"For the word of God… piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit…"



The human spirit/soul is the immaterial part created by God’s breath, so it is immortal, whereas animals die and are no more. Thus, only human beings need God’s salvation. After being born again with a new spirit and a new heart, the human sinful nature is still there, so there will be a conflict in the hearts of born-again believers until they find the victory through the Lord Jesus Christ alone (Rom 7:18-25). God’s Word will help believers know the functions of their spirit and soul. "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" (Heb 4:12). And their whole being needs to be sanctified. "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Thess 5:23).

The spirit is the part of man that can know God, communicate with God in prayer and in reading of God’s Word, trust in God, love God, glorify God, worship God, serve God, live by and live for God and His Word, etc. An unregenerate person’s spirit is separated from the life of God, so it is dead spiritually (Eph 2:1). If we ask unbelievers, "Do you pray to God, read His Word and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ?" They will be uncomfortable or even upset. However, if we are truly born again, we are like a baby growing in the knowledge of God our heavenly Father. Our spiritual senses will be developed and get sharper. Our spiritual eyes can look unto the Lord Jesus and see God’s truth (Heb 12:2; Ps 16:8; 119:18). Our spiritual ears can discern our Shepherd’s voice from the strangers’ voice (John 10:4-5). Our spiritual sense of smell can detect the fragrance of holiness as well as the odour of sin. In godly fear, we will avoid ungodly environment and temptations. Our spiritual taste of the Lord’s grace (1 Pet 2:3) and our spiritual touch of faith (Matt 9:21-22) will be sharper day by day.

THOUGHT: Are my spiritual senses getting sharper each day?
PRAYER: Lord, may Thy Word sharpen my senses.