Friday, February 16, 2007

The Discerner

(This is taken from Days of Praise and is written by the late Dr. Henry Morris.)

Heb. 4:12 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.

The word of God (both the written Word and the living Word, Jesus Christ) is "living and energizing" and is the double-edged sword of the Spirit, piercing into the deepest recesses of body, soul, and spirit, where it "discerns" even the very thought and intents of our heart.

This discernment, however, is more than just understanding or insight. Our English word "critic" is derived from the Greek word for "discerner" in the Bible, and this is an important dimension of its meaning. Its discernment is a critical, judging discernment-one which convicts and corrects, as well as one which understands.

It is paradoxical that men today presume to become critics of the Bible, when it should really be the other way around. There are textual critics who sort through the various ancient manuscripts of the Bible, trying to arrive at the original text [God already has promised in His word that He would preserve it for all generations]; there are the "higher critics" who critique vocabularies and concepts, trying to show that the traditional authors did not actually write the books attributed to them; and then there are many other purely destructive critics who criticize the Bible's miracles, morals, and everything else, hoping thereby to justify their rebellion against the word of God [allowing them to enjoy their sin since there is really no God in Heaven that will judge them in the future-Satan's great lie].

But the Bible still stands!!! It stands in judgment on our lives and our subconscious motives. It will have the final word; Rev. 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

It is far better to heed the constructive criticism of the word of God now, than to hear its condemnation later.



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