Full text of Zac Poonen’s teaching on ‘LETTER TO THE HEBREWS’ (Part 2) which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Let’s turn today to the Word of God in Hebrews 4, where we left off last night. We were thinking about entering into rest. That’s where we finished.
Hebrews 4:11: Let us be diligent to enter the same rest, lest anyone fall through the same example of disobedience.
Then we turn now to verse 12: For the Word of God is living and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrows, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Now, God’s Word is that which He has spoken, and here it’s spoken of as a sword that penetrates right inside and sees the thoughts and intentions of the heart. I told you that the book of Hebrews deals with a new covenant, showing how the new covenant is established on better promises. It’s a better covenant. We have a mediator, and everything is better than the old covenant.
In the new covenant, the important thing is what we read in the last part of verse 12—‘the thoughts and intentions of the heart.’ In the old covenant, the thoughts and intentions of the heart had no value at all. I mean, as far as the law is concerned, you could never find out what were the thoughts and intentions of the heart. How could you punish a person under the law for what he thought or what he intended?