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7. A Two-edged Sword

The Word of God is the “two-edged sword.” Whence “two-edged”? It speaketh of things temporal, it speaketh of things eternal. In each it establisheth what it saith, and whom it striketh, it separateth from the world. Whatever is promised us in time, belongeth to one part of the sword; whatever to eternity, belongeth to the other part of the sword. Our Lord came then, bearing a two-edged sword, promising things eternal, fulfilling those of time. For therefore also they are called the two Testaments. Do the two Testaments belong to the “two-edged sword”? The Old Testament promiseth things earthly, the New eternal. In both the Word of God is found true as a two-edged sword.

ST. AUGUSTINE (415)