When someone talks to you about the Word of God, do you imagine a book…or do you imagine a person?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (Joh 1:1)
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Joh 1:14)
I am intrigued by the usage of the the word “Word” for both Jesus and what we commonly call the Bible. Actually, it is more accurate to say that the phrase “word of God” also applies to the teachings that come from God. But then Jesus also came from God. It is as if God said, “I can tell you” or “I can show you” and He choose to do both.
Jesus is not just the messenger but the message as well. Moses said that God would send a prophet that we need to listen to and those who do not listen will be cut off. (Dt 18) Jesus taught that he was the way, the truth, and the life and no one comes to the Father except by him (John 14) and so it is important that we listen to the Word. No, it is not important…it is essential.
We all have ideas of what God says or wants us to do…but if you really want to know what God wants from us, why not consult his Word? Paul wrote to Timothy that:
But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. (2Ti 3:14-17)
The Word of God is not just words on a page, it is living and active….it teaches and corrects, it teaches and equips. But it can only do that for those who choose to expose themselves to it.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Heb 4:12)
It can be painful or challenging to us to learn things we need to correct. Sometimes being convicted about this or that activity causes us a lot of difficulty but it is all for our own good…our eternal good.
This post has one purpose…encourage you to read your Bible! Listen to Jesus!