The Word of God is living 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

This banner is an expression of Jesus as the Word of God. He is the Word Alive. "He is your shield and helper and your glorious sword" (Deuteronomy 33:29).

COLORS: Deep emerald green represents mature life (Psalm 92:14) and everlastingness (Revelation 4:3). Silver is a symbol of the Word of God and truth ("The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times", Psalm 12:6; "Your word is truth", John 17:17). Gold is the emblem of deity and the purifying fire of God. Red is a symbol of fire and life. White represents purity and holiness.

BACKGROUND: Rays of emerald green speak of the life that emanates from the Word of God. It also reminds us of the everlasting quality of the Word: "Your Word, O Lord is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens" (Psalm 119:89); "Heaven and earth will pass away but My words will never pass away" (Matthew 24:35). The background also suggests the emerald rainbow that surrounds the throne of God.

SWORD: Is the symbol of Jesus as the Word of God (John 1:1; Revelation 1:16). The hilt of the sword is in the shape of a descending dove (the Spirit of truth, John 16:17) declaring the truth that it is the Spirit who powerfully wields the Word of God ("Take the...sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God", Ephesians 6:17). The dove is "sheathed in" silver and gold according to Psalm 68:13.

FLAMES: The flames represent the fire and life of the Living Word. ("Is not my word like a fire," declares the Lord, "and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?" Jeremiah 23:29). The flames speak of the purifying work of the Word of God in our lives: "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you" (John 15:3). The Greek word for "clean" used here is "katharos", which means clean, clear, and pure as in our word "catharsis", implying that the dross is gone.

The Word of God divides between the soul and spirit, the joints and marrow, purifying, refining and stirring life within us with the unquenchable fire of God. "Did not our hearts burn within us while He talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" (Luke 24:32).

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