For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
This is a comprehensive verse that talks about the word of God. It encompasses 2 metaphors, 2 qualities and 2 functions of God’s word.
Let’s start out with the qualities. In this verse, God’s word is stated as being living and powerful. It is so wonderful to see how it is true even in our own lives, that the word written thousands of years ago can enlighten us, providing light in our darkness and powerful enough to awake and strengthen us. The opposite of living is dead and the word of God is not dead, but living and abiding in us. (1 Peter 1:23)