THE WORD IS GOD SPEAKING TO YOU—Part 1
Heb 4:9-13; 1Thes 5:23; Eccl 12:7
Hebrews 4:9-13 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. (12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (13) Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
1Thessalonians 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
"Thus saith Jehovah" is repeated over two thousand times from Exodus to Deuteronomy.
God and His Word are one. The Word is always now.
Jesus is the Word. Jesus is the Living Word.
Hebrews 4:12, "The Logos of God is a living thing, active and more cutting than any sword with double edge penetrating to the very division of soul and spirit, joint and marrow--scrutinizing the very thoughts and conceptions of the heart" (Moffat).
And now, notice carefully v13: "And no created thing is hidden from Him; all things lie open, exposed before the eyes of Him with Whom we have to reckon."
The Word is called the Logos. Jesus is the Logos, and
The Logos is the Word of the ONLY living God…on the lips of the believer.
There is nothing hidden from Him, this living Word.
The Word searches out, and finds us.
This should be studied carefully.
THE WORD IS OUR CONTACT WITH GOD
The Word is our contact with God the Father.
It is His contact with us.
John 16:7-10 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (8) And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: (9) Of sin, because they believe not on me; (10) Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more.
WE ARE CONVICTED BY THE WORD
This conviction (reproof) can come from no other source than the Word.
IT IS A THREEFOLD CONVICTION (REPROOF).
First, He convicts of our union with Satan:
"Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged," that the natural man is judged in Satan, is a child of Satan.
Cp. John 8:44-45 with 1John 3:10. Note these Scriptures carefully.
John 8:44-45 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (45) And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
1John 3:10-11 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. (11) For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
Second, He convicts of Righteousness, showing that although we are children of the Devil, Righteousness is available and belongs to us.
Third, He convicts of sin because we believe not on Him.
1. There is only one sin for which the sinner will be judged; that is the rejection of Jesus Christ.
2. All other sins are the result of not believing on and accepting Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord of our life.
WE ARE RECREATED BY THE WORD
James 1:18, "Of His own will He brought us forth by the Word of truth, that we should be a kind of Firstfruits of His creatures." Read John 3:3-8.
1Peter 1:23, "Having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the Word of God, Who liveth" (ASV).
The Word imparts to us Eternal Life.
But for the Word, we would not know that there was a Redemption or a Substitution or a Reconciliation or a New Creation.
2Cor. 5:17-18, "Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new, but all things are of God, Who reconciled us to Himself."
OUR MINDS ARE RENEWED BY THE WORD
Romans 12:2, "And be not fashioned according to this age, but be ye transformed (transfigured) by the renewing of your mind, that ye may know what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God."
Colossians 3:10, "And have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of Him that created him."
The mind is renewed by studying the Word and by acting upon it.
One may study the Word for years, but if he does not act it, live it, is not a doer, the mind is not renewed.
James gives us the secret in James 1:22, "Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves."
Many Bible students are deceiving themselves because they are not acting, living, doing the Word.
THE WORD IS ALIVE IN US THROUGH CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD!
Colossians 3:16, "Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another...."
What does He mean by letting the Word dwell in us richly?
This is one of the most striking sentences in this epistle.
It means: John 15:7, "If ye abide in me, and My Words abide in you, ask whatsoever ye will, and it shall be done unto you."
The Word is dwelling in us, producing prayer fruit.
Read carefully John 15:8, "Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; and so shall ye be my disciples."
It is prayer fruit—it is the Word bringing forth its own kind in the believer's life.
It is not only committing the Word to memory, which is valuable,
But it is letting that Word become an integral part of our beings. IT LIVES IN US.
Ephesians 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, (18) May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (19) And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Christ and the Word are one.
The Word dwelling in you and letting the Word have right-of-way in your life is letting Christ have right-of-way.
The Word dominating you is the Lordship of Christ in you.
WE ARE BUILT UP WITH THE WORD
Acts 20:32, "And now I commend you to God, and to the Word of His grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you the inheritance among all them that are sanctified."
He commends us to the Word of His grace.
This Word builds the Christ nature and the love nature of the Father into the individual.
In other words, God is building Himself into us, making Himself a part of us as the Word dominates, rules, controls and satisfies our spirit nature.
You cannot build one up spiritually on philosophies or theories about the Word, or on the history of the Word.
We are only made spiritual by living in the Word and by the Word living in us.
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