Jesus urged that we make Him our life so that we would be alive with His life and minister in spirit and life – not just in words, knowledge or theologically correct information.
AVOID WASTED EFFORT
‘The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you--they are full of the Spirit and life’ John 6.63 NIV. The flesh that counts for nothing is living and ministering from the externalities of the law.
ATTENTION GRABBING MAY NOT BE ALIVE
We can if we choose present a witty and attention grabbing sermon that contains little of the life of God because it is not spirit and life. We become rivers of spirit and life in oneness with God- which is ours when we are alive in God’s perichoresis and dead to the law. This Greek word simply means that in oneness with God we are fully ourselves, yet fountains of His spirit and life in the unique ministry of Bob or Jane, because we are one with the spirit of life.
It’s significant that Paul speaks of the One Spirit referring to our union with God and to our communion with each other. In the One Spirit we as sons/daughters are living manifestations of God – sons actually who speak His life in the moment and the season because we are His life. Karl Barth illustrates who we can be branches and fruit of the One Vine.
WORD OF GOD
“In Barth, Jesus Christ, scripture, and preaching were all referred to as the Word of God, but they were not all the Word of God in the same way. There was one threefold Word of God, Barth taught, but these three forms were ranked in relation to each other. Jesus Christ was the one Word of God in the strict and proper sense. Scripture was God’s Word in a secondary and dependent sense, and preaching was then tertiary and dependent on scripture. Scripture and preaching were said to be indirectly identical with the Word of God (Jesus Christ) (see I/1, 88-124)”. (1)
Thus when Paul speaks of the word that is ‘sharper than a two-edged sword he is primarily referring to Christ as the Word, to those who speak Him out in oneness with Him and to the witness of scripture spoken by those who are alive in oneness with God.
This alerts us to the reason for blind guides who are familiar with scripture, yet misconstrue it into what it is not. Not only are their inferences wrong but they are without spirit and life. Paul is saying that in being one with the Living Word we are able to penetrate the issues of life and separate between life and death, flesh and spirit, religion and spirit and life.
(1) Hunsinger, George. Evangelical, Catholic, and Reformed (pp. 100-101). Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.. Kindle Edition.