Hebrews 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.
This verse starts with “for”, so, it connects to a previous thought, which is found in Hebrews 4:11.
Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief,
So then, let us labor to enter, let us not fall because of unbelief . . . because . . . the word of God is alive and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword.
The word of God is the means by which we enter into His rest, and it is also the means by which we keep ourselves from falling through unbelief.
It is interesting that after exhorting us to labor to enter into God’s rest, and to not fall by unbelief, the writer immediately brings up the word of God.
It is the word of God that we take into our hearts that is like a sharp sword that cuts away our unbelief. Unbelief arises out of our natural thinking. But the word of God clears our thinking and aids us in discerning what is of the soul and what is of the spirit.
The antidote for unbelief is faith, and faith comes one way, by hearing God’s word.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
The word of God is a purifier. It examines us. It penetrates the hidden places of our heart. We will not spend much time in the word of God when there is sin in our life, because the word of God will shine a light upon that sin.
The Bible says that the entrance of His words give light. But light can be rather uncomfortable.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
The light of God’s word reproves and corrects us.
The beginning of Hebrews chapter 3 states that Jesus is the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, or, that is, the High Priest of the things we profess to believe. This role as our High Priest comes up again in Hebrews 4:14.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Hold fast to your stand of faith in Christ because we have a great High Priest. This is one of the underlying themes of this section of scripture, to hold fast to our faith, and to not fall away because of unbelief.
In the Old Covenant, the priest was the mediator between God and man. If you wanted to approach God and give an offering, you would go to the priest to do so. And the High Priest was above all the priests.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Christ has taken the place of the High Priest in our lives as our mediator. As our High Priest He went into the heavenly Holy of Holies with His own blood to pay for the sins of the world. He took a position between us and the wrath of God that is upon sin. He mediated with God for us. He came to God in our behalf.
And now our relationship with God the Father is in Christ Jesus. He is our Lord, the one we serve.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
How could God ever fully understand what it feels like to be a man and understand man’s struggles without becoming a man Himself? He was in all points tempted like as we are. And so, He fully understands the feeling of our infirmities, or what it feels like to go through the situations we face in life. He sees, He feels, He understands.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Because we know that He sees and feels and understands, let us come boldly, with great confidence, to His throne of grace.
Grace is what we need. Grace is what will bring the answer to our prayers. With His grace, we can face and overcome anything that comes our way.
Grace is not only God’s unmerited or undeserved favor, but it is also His divine enabling or His divine ability to do in our life what we could not do without His grace. Let us come boldly to His throne of divine favor and supernatural enabling, that we may obtain mercy.
Mercy is, by definition, kindness that is given to someone who deserves otherwise, or someone who may, in fact, deserve punishment. God is merciful, and He is the giver of mercy. It is not about what we deserve or do not deserve, it is about the goodness of God and His mercy. That is what we approach His throne of grace to receive.
. . . that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Again, it is about His grace, the grace that He gives more of to those who humble themselves by simply trusting in His willingness to be merciful and to give us grace to help in our time of need.
James 4:6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
He gives more grace to those who will approach with the humility of trusting Him.