The Power of His Word
Tonight I would like to take a few minutes to speak to you about your Bible. God’s communication to mankind in general, and to you specifically. Like no other book on earth, God’s Holy Word at once inspires, comforts, relieves and convicts us. In it is the best plan for a righteous life. It doesn’t promise lack of trouble, nor does it promise material blessings. But it does show us the best way through this life, the way to go home.
Attributes of God’s Word (just a few)
- Life-Giving: Reading the word, ingesting it and keeping it fresh in our minds renews and makes right our attitude towards the world and towards others. When we do not keep our mind submerged in the Light of the Word, we are exposed to corruption, and it comes from both without and within us.
John 5:24: “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”
God’s Word brings life. Romans 8:6: “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” How to best remain in a perpetual state of spiritual mindedness? Expose yourself to the Word of the Lord.
- Truth: Some men and women will search for truth all their lives. They will utter mantras, devote themselves to service and goodness, rely on the flawed faith of their fathers and of their nation. People will seek youth, meaning in entertainment, meaning in their work, meaning in their family. Comfort in food, in books, in rest. People will seek the supposed high wisdom of other people and will relish in others’ misfortunes. But the only thing that can set any one of us free is the inimitable truth of God’s Word.
John 8:28-32: Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
If we abide in His word, we are his disciples and we shall know the truth and we shall be free of the encumbrances of sin.
- Divisive: It forces us to make a choice. In Luke Chapter 11, Jesus gives us the Lord’s prayer and many effective parables. In verses 14-23, Jesus gives us the principle that a house divided against itself cannot stand.
Luke 11:14-23: “And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub,[e] the ruler of the demons.” Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls. If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.”
If Jesus is casting out demons by the power of another demon, that would mean that Satan would be destroying his own work. But Jesus remonstrates that He is the One with the power, that He is the one that will conquer Satan. And the closing of this parable, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.” Is telling in its meaning; the Word of the Lord divides men. Some will respond, others will turn away. The actions of those who respond: positive: gathering. The actions of those who resist: negative: scattering.
Which one are you?
In conclusion, the Words of Christ and God’s communication to us through the writings of inspired men bring us everything we need in this life to prepare us for the life to come. Using God’s Word as your crutch will make your legs stronger than they ever could have been before. But put down God’s holy word and your legs once more become feeble and weak, leading you to places that you do not desire to go.
Hebrews 4:12-16: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Through God’s Word we know of Jesus, our Savior, our answer. And finally, I’ll leave you with two last verses. If not for the love of righteousness and the desire to live a holy life, then we ought to be encouraged to read our Bibles through these two verses: 2 Corinthians 5:9-10: “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad”