What the Word of God is able to do

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.

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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.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 02:51:33

    Anyone who says the Bible isn’t relevant for today is gravely mistaken.

    All of those adjectives (pure) and nouns (honey) that the Psalmist uses makes this another special section of scripture.

    The Word does read us as it lives in us. Although we never get it down perfectly this side of heaven, God’s Word becomes part of us.

    Thanks for a well done exposition of a part of God’s Word that tells us how excellent it is.

    God’s blessings…

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  2. Delight in Truth
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 00:19:04

    This may be one of your most important word studies, Manny. So important because I have been debating (on FB) with liberal Christians about the importance of the Word and His revelation in the Bible. These guys are so left-field that they do not hold the Bible as the ultimate revelation. They say they hold on to Jesus, but they do not see that God’s Word and the Word (Jesus) cannot be separated. So frustrating to deal with them…

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    • Mannyr
      Sep 19, 2013 @ 13:34:31

      It is sad to deal with folks “who are thoroughly mixed and set as concrete.” Especially when they are believers.Their liberal stance is a safe haven for their lifestyle. Their problem is they have no root in Christ. Oh, they believe but pay lip service to a valid walk with the Galiaen. To say Jesus is separate from His Word is very dangerous. After all He is the Logos (communication of the Word in the flesh).As a matter of fact He is the express image of that Word.Lived out for us because we are as filthy rags.
      I see the problem as they have not experienced transformation. The Hyper- Calvinists just believe that all there is folks —-yeah tell it someone beaten from pillar to post and see if that helps them, o yeah don’t forget to tell them to smell the Tulip. I believe my Savior rolls up His sleeves and is ready and willing to heal a person who comes to Him in humility and desires to appropriate what Jesus has done for us. If you really trust Jesus do what He says in the Word. That is my definition of The Word of God bringing light to someone with no hope and after hearing the word they act. Far too many intellectuals spoil the broth.

      Please hear me, many intellectuals are right on and when shown the error of their ways they repent. Delight what is your FB name? If you want send it private e-mail.

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