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4/19/2017 Message: Only Words

by jpack, April 19, 2017

A simple question was posed to our youth: Where is your Bible right now?

It’s something we don’t spend a lot of thinking thinking on, but it helps us understand how significant we consider God’s Word.  It’s one thing to say we believe and honor God, but do we really treat God’s Word with the respect it deserves?  Time and time again in the scriptures we see the power of God’s Word as the physical embodiment of God’s Will and presence with His people.  The Jews celebrate an entire festival at Pentecost surrounding the receiving of God’s Word.  At one point when the temple is being rebuilt in Jerusalem, the Ark of the Covenant possessing tables of God’s Word is shown to the people of Israel and instantly thousands of people fall to their knees in worship.  Now ask yourself again: where is your Bible right now?  Are you treating it with the honor and respect it deserves?

God’s Word Creates

There is a lot of power in God’s Word because God’s Word is God’s Will.  That’s a powerful connection.  Throughout Genesis, we see God’s word pop up several times.

Genesis 1:3,6,9,11,14,20,24,26,28,29…

  • Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
  • Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.”
  • Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened.
  • Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened.
  • Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years.
  • Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”
  • Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened.
  • Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
  • Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”
  • Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.

Who else can claim that their words have been able to create something from nothing?  Besides creating drama, most words don’t create much on their own.  God’s Word has the power to create in the way that only the creator can.  The ability to create confirms God’s supremacy.

God’s Word Is Eternal

God’s Word is God’s Will and God has always had Will.  We see this in the beginning of John.

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. (John 1:1-5)

When we realize that God’s Word has existed as long as God himself, we realize that God’s Word is just as divine as God’s nature.  His words never change and never fail.  How comforting is it to know that no matter what we are going through, most of us have the eternal word of God sitting somewhere in our bedrooms or on our phones?  At a moment’s notice, you get to interact with God in a way that is far deeper than just letters on a page by getting a glimpse of the truth that has always existed.  When you read from your Bibles, you are reading God’s Will which has never changed.

God’s Word Is Living

Similar to being eternal, God’s Word is living.

For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades.  But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)

Isn’t that a crazy thought!  The Word of God, the Word which creates and the Word which is eternal, is also a Word of life.  What type of life?  In the way we interact with it, eternal spiritual life free from sin.  When we don’t just read God’s Word but adopt it into our life, it shows us that ‘narrow path’ which leads to everlasting life.  God’s Will leads away from death and towards eternal life.

God’s Word Is Final

The last thing we learn about God’s Word in the Bible is that His Word is final.

And the one sitting on the throne said, “Look, I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.” And he also said, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. (Revelation 21:5-7)

Wow.  God’s Will is that there will be an everlasting and eternal state to things and the way we have screwed up creation with sin is NOT how He intended it.  God’s Word shows us the final state of things to come.  The kingdom which Christ shall establish and the newness that He creates in our lives.  The life that His Word brings will also bring final peace and order to the chaos that sin has created.

When you look at the finality of God’s Word, how it has the power to create, how it has lasted throughout eternity, and how it leads us towards everlasting life, it really makes you look at those little leather-bound books a little differently, doesn’t it?  When we hold a Bible in our hands, we are being blessed with the privilege to look into God’s Will and interact with God on a different level.  We should take care to ensure we do not cheapen how we look at God’s Word and that we treat it with the honor and respect it deserves.

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