Wednesday September 8, 2006
Hartsville News Journal
Page 2C
"God’s Word draws us to Him"

Let us continue to understand God’s use of symbology as John writes of a twoedged sword. Revelation 1:16 KJV begins: “And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.”

Here God describes His tongue to John as a two edged sword; sharpened by His truth. Like a sword, God’s truth cut’s two ways and it is easy to visualize His expression as described, shining with the strength of the sun.

John adds clarity as Revelation 1:17 and 1:18 KJV reads:

“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.”

God, our creator, is the first and the last (eternity). He defeated death on the cross through His Son Jesus Christ and He alone (on judgment day) holds the key to our future. We feel His presence as He shares Himself with us through His living word, our bible.

The Old Testament also embraces His truth as we move to the book of Proverbs. His truth beams forth in Proverbs 4:05 KJV as it reveals: “Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.”

Understanding His word is wisdom as the mouth of God instructs us to obtain and retain His truth. Clearly we see His desire for our attention.

Proverbs 4:07 KJV describes wisdom as it reads:

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.”

Here we see that reading God’s word is only the beginning; we are required to read with understanding. It helps to utilize our Strong’s Concordance and Webster’s Dictionary as they will clarify many scriptures.

Proverbs 4:08 KJV illustrates: “Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.”

When we seek wisdom, we are promoted to a position of understanding as He honors our effort to communicate with Him. There is nothing God desires more than our communication.

Proverbs 4:01-02 KJV concludes this point as it reads:

[1] “Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.”

[2] Knowing and understanding His doctrine gives us direct access to His door. There is no turning




back as we benefit from this added closeness with God.

Returning to the New Testament, we seek Paul’s view and understanding of the “sharp twoedged sword” witnessed by John. Hebrews 04:12 KJV is where Paul reflects:

“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.”

Yes, the “twoedged sword” is God’s truth that He presents to us throughout our bible. We clearly see the sharpness of His truth as it reveals precisely what He expects.

We do speak the same language as we close with this thought:

Wisdom will be our “reward”

When we respond with “action”

Our bible gives the “connection”

To God with “understanding”



Pastor Billy Johnson can be reached by email at or viewed online at