In the first chapter of the book of John and in Revelation chapter 19 verse 13, Jesus is called the Word of God. Therefore the words that Jesus spoke in the Gospels are God’s words. These words from our Creator have the same power with which he spoke the worlds into existence in the beginning (Heb 1:2, 11:13). God spoke through his Son 2000 years ago with such power that even today they can change our lives and our eternal destiny.
IN OUR OWN WORDS
The words that we speak are also important, because Jesus said, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Mt 12:37) So our own words can also determine our eternal destiny. Therefore we need to be aware of our speech and realize the significance of what we say. When, at whatever age, we choose to disobey God’s law (that is sin, 1 Jn 3:4) we seperate ourselves from God. We’ve all done this and since sin will not stand in God’s presence, we are lost. Our words and our actions therefore have eternal consequences. None of our words, the fruit of our lips, are counted as good while we are sinners because that fruit comes from a corrupt tree from which it is impossible to bring forth good fruit.
“Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.” (Mt 7:17,18)
It is our heart that produces the words that we speak. We can’t be both good and evil: we are one or the other. If our heart is unrighteous then our words, no matter how righteous they may sound, are unrighteous also.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.” (Mt 15:18)
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.” (Lk 6:45)
[ A scriptural example is found in Acts, chapter 10. Cornelius was a devout man who feared God, gave alms and prayed. But all these “good” works were not counted as righteous until he received the words of salvation from Peter.]
Therefore to be justified by our words, our heart must be converted and that only comes by being born of God through faith in God’s redeeming work in his Son. No amount of self-cleansing and works of piety, or works of the law, will ever make a man justified and righteous before God. Righteous works can only come after salvation when we are made righteous in Christ Jesus.
“Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.” (Rom 3:28)
It is the word of God that brings us to that saving faith.
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom 10:17)
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (1 Pet 1:23)
Jesus said it is by his word, God’s word, that we will be judged.
“He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (Jn 12:48)
There are those who make a deliberate choice to receive God’s word and there are those who make a deliberate choice to reject it. Those who reject the word of God will in turn not be able to understand it.
“For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” (Mt 13:15)
“Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word.” (Jn 8:43)
MAKING THE WORD ALIVE
The Bible, the written word of God, has no more power than a rock or a board while it is just a book lying on a shelf. It is nothing until the words become alive in a living person. For the word of God to do its work it must be made flesh; be made alive in our mortal bodies. The Spirit of God, or the Action of God, is manifested in his word. It is this word, this living action, which stirs, convicts and converts the heart of mankind. And, it is the heart of man that determines his salvation. Our heart is revealed by our thought and words and actions. What we do, what we are, is what we believe, and belief is from the heart. We will be judged by our words and our works that we do in this present world, not what we do in the here after.
“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness,
deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
(Mk 7 21-23)
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works.” (Rev 20:12,13)
STRESS, ANXIETY, PRESSURE, WORRY
A person can put on a front, but under stress he will always reveal himself for what he is in his heart. Under stress a man will either praise God or curse God, all pretence is lost and he is revealed for what he is. The heart will speak its secrets. Whether or not we believe the word of God in our heart has everlasting consequences. Our openness to receive God’s word is paramount to our salvation. Many will not receive this word for it demands we choose to give up our life if we are to receive God’s life. We are to give up our selfish wants for his wants, our selfish desires for his desires. Our old heart, our old nature, must end for us to receive the new heart and new spirit that God longs to give us.
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezk 36:26)
God has provided all we need. We just need to repent and receive him by faith. It’s our choice.
“For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.” (Rom 7:5)
“For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” (Rom 8:13)
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Gal 5:24)
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” (Gal 6:8)
For those that choose to receive the word (the seed, Lk 8:15) with a good and honest heart, they will bring forth the fruit of righteousness unto God.
“Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy salvation, according to thy word.” (Ps 119:41)
After salvation the word continues its work to further cleanse and sanctify our heart.
“That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.” (Eph 5:26)
“Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” (Jn 15:3)
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (Jn 17:17)
“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” (Ps 119:9)
Those who have received this word (and Spirit) are motivated by God’s love to share it. It becomes alive from within and they are quickened to speak the words of God. With the prophet Jeremiah it was like a fire shut up in his bones. (Jer 20:9). A quick study of the book of Acts will show the great importance of the word and how it was preached and taught by the diciples and converts, and how it increased in those who received it. God’s word is so important in his plan for mankind that he has magnified his word above his name (Ps 138:2). We, in Christ’s stead, have been given this word so that those of the world can be reconciled to God.
“To wit, that God was is Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath commited unto us the word of reconcilition.” (2 Cor. 5:19)
The same Spirit that was in Christ is now in us also, and is always in agreement with the word of God. Jesus Christ and the word of God are the same. Remember John chapter one:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The same was in the beginning with God. (Jn 1:1,2)
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:14)
God, in the Gospels, walked and spoke his word through his Son and now he walks in his saved people to speak to this present world. The power with which he does this is up to the Christian and the amount of God’s Spirit he is willing to receive. But let no man deceive you that God is not speaking through his peole today.
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of his.” (Rom 8:9)
Jesus Christ is in the mortal flesh of all his people to preach his word and reconcile the world to God.
“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is in the world.” (1 Jn 4:2,3)
“For many decievers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an
antichrist.” (2 Jn 1:7)
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” (Lk 21:33)