What Does It Mean That The Bible Is “Alive”?

In Hebrews 4:12, the Bible describes itself as being alive. Yes, alive as in living. It is this facet that gives the Bible its inexhaustible nature. But what does this mean, “alive” or “living”? How can a book be alive?


Let me give you an illustration: suppose you had a choice of spending every day for the next 50 years with your spouse vs. spending every day for the next 50 years with a stuffed animal.

After awhile, you would grow very bored with one (insert marriage jokes here) and fall more and more in love with the other. What is the difference?

The difference is that one is alive and one isn’t.

Things that are alive hold our attention much better than things that aren’t. That’s why we have pet dogs and not pet cement bags. Thats why we have warehouse grocery stores exclusively for pets. You won’t see a store of that size anytime soon catering to the care of your stuffed animal.

Living things engage us in ways non-living things do not. There is something about life.

There is something about God’s Word that makes it different from any other book in my library – life. Because of this, people can devote their entire lives to studying and learning the Bible, never exhausting its resources.

Living things communicate, respond, interact with us.

The Bible is alive, and it speaks to us and teaches us as if it were a living, breathing instructor before us.

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