Cuts Both Ways
1990: Gloria Estefan wrote and recorded the popular song “Cuts Both Ways”
Our love is like a knife that cuts both ways
It's driven deep into my heart each time (ouch!)
That I realize
How it cuts both ways
Can't be together, cannot live apart (both are painful)
We're heading straight into a broken heart
It cuts both ways
Cuts both ways
Human love cuts both ways: It hurts me and it hurts you.
Some kind of love! A love that hurts everyone?
But God's love is also like a knife that cuts both ways. Heb 4:12:
For the Word of God is alive, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
God’s twoedged sword that cuts both ways is His Word.
Depending on how we read it can be a BLESSING or a CURSE
Like the mirror of the Law that may reflect the image of the Lawgiver or our own image.
James 1:23 describes this principle.
The hearer of the word who stops there and doesn’t do what the word instructs us to do, Is like looking in a glass or mirror and then walking away and forgetting what you look like. A real hearer of the word, who then actually does what the word tells us to do, Is like looking through the glass “into the perfect law of liberty” and continuing to look at it, not forgetting what it says but also doing what it says. What do we see when we look?
2Cor 3:18 It’s like beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, (not just seeing our own reflection, but into the glass, into the law and seeing the image of the Lawgiver) until we are changed into the same image, his glory is then reflected in our face (we become a mirror!) and like the face of Moses will shine with the Spirit of the Lord.
The twoedged sword of the Word “divides asunder…soul and spirit.” Separating them.
It was the Word of God who separated the light from the darkness, the waters above from the waters below, the land from the sea. And the Word still divides to both separate and unite.
Cut away from this world, the “third rock from the sun” and unto the Rock that begat us. (Deut 32:18) His Words of comfort and promise to us, and our words of praise and adoration to Him.
1 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
But the scene changes, the words that cut away our chains and fetters to Satan’s slavery, now cut the other way: a twoedged sword in the hand of the saints...
Psalm 149:7,8,9 7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
How readest thou, saints? Shall we take up the sword and execute vengeance? Yes, the sword of the Word—not the sword of Peter, or Simeon, or Levi, or Joab...
He had "in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword."
Eph 6:17 It’s the sword of the Spirit (breath), which is the word of...God.
Matt 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone, but by evey word that proceedeth from the mouth of God."<
This Word is life to those who let the sharp twoedged sword circumcise our hearts to cut away the darkness and deceitfulness buried in them; but the same word is “a savor of death unto death” (2Cor 2:16) to those who refuse to “go under the knife” and allow the Divine Surgeon to do His purging work of excision, ablation, and amputation—severing the cords that bind us to the world and the prince of darkness.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
The sword proceeds out of his mouth because the sword is the Word of God.
And because He is the Word of God, He says:
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
The sword is twoedged; it cuts both ways.
A son is separated from his father; A daughter is separated from her mother.
One is cut away from the world—one is cut off from God.
He that finds his life in this world,
will lose it in the world to come;
He that loses his life in this world for Christ’s sake,
will find it in His Father’s kingdom.
Accept the word or reject the word; Like James and John who forsook all and followed him, Or like the rich young ruler who walked away saddened by the thought of giving everything away.
See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me:
I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal:
neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.
“You can’t have one without the other...”
the “brand plucked from the burning” (Zech 3) is separated, cut off from the burning.
But there are two kinds of burning: Psalm 39:1-3; Prov 26:23,20; Isa 9:18,19.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.
41 If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them that hate me.
Prov 8:36 All they that hate me (wisdom) love death.
It cuts both ways: the sword cuts off the enemies of God, and the last enemy is death. Those that turn to God and seek after His face are cut off from the world by “the great cleaver of truth” Letter 139, 1903
But those who cling to the world will be cut off from God— same sword, it all depends on where you are when it cuts both ways.
God weeps when He smites with His sword.
You have dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, saith the Lord. (You have departed from your Husband). A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. And the voice cries out, “Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings.”
Even from the days of your fathers you are gone away from my ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: (this knowledge cuts both ways)
16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; (death to an old life) and to the other the savour of life unto life. (awakening to a new life)
Jesus looked at Peter and it caused him to repent with bitter weeping;
The same look seen by Judas caused him to go and hang himself.
Eze 21:3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
Eze 21:9 Son of man, prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD; Say, A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished:
Eze 21:10 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter:
Eze 21:11 And he hath given it to be furbished, that it may be handled: this sword is sharpened, and it is furbished, to give it into the hand of the slayer. (King of Babylon verse 19)
Abraham appealed to the “Judge of all the earth” that it would not be right for Him to destroy the righteous with the wicked. Genesis 18:23
“Be it far from thee to do after this manner” Abraham told the Lord (verse 25).
So, finally the Lord agreed to spare Sodom and Gomorrah for ten’s sake.
But, alas, there were only found four…and one of them was really still back in Sodom.
And when the time came for the sword to cut off the righteous and the wicked, The righteous outside the city were separated from the wicked inside.
The twoedge sword cuts both ways, cutting them off from each other: on one side there was the savour of life unto life; on the other death unto death.
Then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory and before him shall be gathered all nations: And he shall separate them one from another: the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. Matt 25:1-3
Why are some goats? Why are some sheep? All we like sheep have gone astray like goats. But the true sheep hear the voice of the Good Shepherd. They are changed into the same image of the Lamb of God by beholding his character, his image, in the perfect law of liberty.
Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ
the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3