To understand the importance of the Word of God in our lives, we must have a sense of all it is able to for us, and in us.
So the Word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed. Acts 19:20 NKJV.
Word, logos, Strong’s #3056: A transmission of thought, communication, a word of explanation, an utterance, discourse, divine revelation, talk, statement, instruction, an oracle, divine promise, divine doctrine, divine declaration.
Jesus is the living logos (John 1:1); the Bible is the written logos (Heb.4:12); and the Holy Spirit utters the spoken logos (1 Cor. 2:13).
Read Psalm 19:7-14, this psalm paints an awesome portrait of the Word of God. Let’s look at the terms it uses to describe the nature of Scripture.
- God’s law is perfect. –it is flawless and free from blemish. Law is Torah: instruction, teaching, direction.—Perfect here means absolute, complete, entirely trustworthy.
- The Lord’s testimony is sure—firm and able to support us.
- His precepts are right-they are straight and upright. A rule of conduct.
- God’s commandment is pure –unstained and without error. A word to be obeyed.
- It is clean –the Hebrew word has the idea of being unalloyed. Nothing else is mixed in.
- The Judgments of the Lord are true—the Hebrew word for true speaks of firmness and stability.
- God’s truths are more desirable than gold and sweeter than honey. These statements are all focused on what God’s Word offers and is able to do in our lives.
- The Scriptures can restore our souls—our inner man, and can make wise the simple-minded, give joy to the heart and enlighten our way. They can warn us, but also point us toward reward as we obey what they say. The Scriptures can help us judge error, (see Delight in Truth’s post from Sept. 16), guard us from sinning intentionally, and so work in our hearts that our words and thoughts becoming pleasing to God. What an awesome book we have. A German writer described his relationship to the Word of God like this:” I have read many books, but the Bible stands alone—It reads me.“
To be continued tomorrow Lord willing.