God will never withdraw his breath from his word

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Scripture is the active voicing, breathing, saying, and speaking of God. God’s words have a unique quality:

They continue to speak.

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God’s word isn’t like milk.
It doesn’t have a shelf life.

They don’t pass away, and they don’t fade.

They are not evanescent. They aren’t like milk on the shelf.

Hebrews feels completely comfortable using active, personal terms for it:

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Because it is God’s personal word, we can’t divide it from him to say:

“I trust you, but I don’t trust your word. I submit to you, but I won’t submit to your word. You change me, but your word doesn’t change me.”


Today his word is alive and active and penetrating and dividing and judging. Now and today, not just back when it was originally written.

This is why we shouldn’t relegate the Bible to a dead book, or a mere past voice, or a mere historical incident. We go back to the original context to understand the authorial intent. It’s a dual-authored book (God and man). And we aim to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). But God’s voice doesn’t expire or fade. It continues to speak, and his breath hasn’t been withdrawn from it.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Matthew 24:35)

Compare God’s breathing of life into man:

All subsequent conception of children is still attributed to God’s creative act, his breathing. And all continued existence of man is attributed to God maintaining his “breath” in us. While God may withdraw his breath from us, and thus we die, he will never withdraw his breath from his word.

For his word to “pass away”, his breath would have to be withdrawn from it. But it continues to be “God-breathed.”