The names of Jesus in the Book of Revelation – Part 39
“The Word of God” contd.’
(2) The word of God also has the power to sustain creation. In the words of the writer to the Hebrews, God sustains “all things by the word of his power” (Heb 1:3; see also Ps 147:15-18). Like the creative word, this word is related to Jesus Christ, for Paul insists, “by him [Jesus] all things consist [hold together]” (Col 1:17).
(3) The word of God has the power to impart new life. Peter testifies that we are born again “by the word of God, which lives and abides forever” (1 Pet 1:23; cf. Jas 1:18). It is for this reason that Jesus Himself is called “the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).
(4) The word of God also releases grace, power and revelation by which believers grow in their faith and in their commitment to Jesus Christ. Isaiah uses a powerful picture: just as water from the sky causes things to grow physically, so also the word that goes out from God’s mouth causes us to grow spiritually (Is 55:10-11). Peter echoes the same thought, when he writes that by drinking the pure milk of the Word of God, we grow up in our salvation (1 Pet 2:2).
(5) The word of God is the sword He has given us by which we may fight Satan (Eph 6:17; cf. Rev 19:13-15). Note how in the story of Jesus’ victory over Satan’s temptations, each time He defeated Satan by declaring, “it is written” (i.e., “it stands as God’s infallible Word”; cf. Luke 4:1-11; Mat 4:1-11).
(6) Finally, the word of God has the power to judge us. The OT prophets and the NT apostles frequently spoke words of judgment received from the Lord. Jesus Himself said His word will condemn those who reject Him (John 12:48), and the author of Hebrews writes that the powerful word of God judges “the thoughts and intents of the heart” (see Heb 4:12). In other words, those who choose to ignore God’s word will one day experience it as a word of condemnation.
(6) The word of God sanctifies. (Jn 15:3; 17:17; Eph 5:26; 1 Pet 1; 22) sanctification is becoming more and more like Jesus Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit.
(7) The word of God is healing (Ps 107:20) in the four Gospels, Jesus healed people just by His word.
(8) Finally, the word of God has the power to judge us. The OT prophets and the NT apostles frequently spoke words of judgment received from the Lord. Jesus Himself said His word would condemn those who reject Him (John 12:48).
Our Reaction to the Word of God. The Bible describes in clear and unmistakable language how we should react to the word of God in all its different forms. (1) We must eagerly hear God’s word (Is 1:10; Jer 7:1-2; Acts 17:11) and seek to understand it (Mt 13:23). (2) We must praise God’s word (Ps 56:4, 10), love it (Ps 119:47, 113), and let it be our joy and delight (Ps 119:16, 47). (3) We must accept what the word of God says (Mark 4:20; Acts 2:41; 1 Thes 2:13), hide it deep within our hearts (Ps 119:11), trust in it (Ps 119:42), and put our hope in its promises (Ps 119:74,81,114; 130:5). (4) Above all, we must obey what it commands (Ps 119:17,67; Jas 1:22-24) and live according to it (Ps 119:9).
(5) God calls those who minister the word (cf. 1 Tim 5:17) to handle it correctly (2 Tim 2:15) and to preach it faithfully (2 Tim 4:2). (6) All believers are called to proclaim God’s word wherever they go (Acts 8:4).
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