Hebrews 4:12 — “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

I was watching a murder mystery show on television recently in which the victim of the crime had extra DNA in his blood.  It turns out that he had a bone marrow transplant to cure a disease, and the process gave him extra DNA: his own and the DNA of his donor.

When the Son of God came to perform a life-giving procedure for us, He added to us His DNA. We usually consider that giving our life over to Christ is a loss, and in a way it is, but our loss is a dead and diseased life. We rarely realize the immensity of what we gained with the transplant of His blood, His life in us.

In separating the soul and the spirit, joint and marrow, we tend to see the loss. We must allow the Lord to transform our seeing. When God comes, He adds. We must ask from the position of gaining what we didn’t previously have and relinquish the unnecessary thing that has been standing in the way.

If the Kingdom is a paradox—die that you might live, the last shall be first, etc.—then God’s subtraction from our life will surely add to us. 


Gwen Gibson serves as the Pastor for the HOPE CENTER—the place at HRock where we encourage and offer hope for those struggling through the tough places of life. It is her joy to help others discover the freedom they long for and know how much they are loved by God.

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