The word of God reveals a world of revelation. It is the gateway to understanding God’s heart, a panorama of His love, and a mirror to our souls. It is wisdom, a sword, and a resource for life. More specifically, it is a guide to the kind of life we have in the fullness of Christ.
[John 1:1-4] – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”
What is the word of God, and what is its function? I believe the primary goal of God’s word is intimacy; that is, intimacy with God. The word of God always speaks about God – His character, His desires, what He does, how He does it, what He sees in us, and what He thinks of us. As we read His word (the Bible), and hear it (through the Holy Spirit), we come to understand more of who God is, to love Him and draw closer to Him.
Think about someone you know well – a family member, or friend. Do you know what they like? Do you share the same passions? Do you enjoy sharing moments with them – an afternoon tea, looking at holiday snaps, reminiscing on past adventures, and planning new ones? Do you know what frustrates them, or what foods they dislike?
Do you know who God is? Could you testify to understanding His character, and enjoying His presence? God knows us fully and completely. He fashioned us in His image and desired that we should also know His fullness. In the Bible, there are two Greek words used to refer to the ‘word of God’ – logos and rhema. Logos refers to the “written” word of God, and rhema, to the “spoken” word. Logos is also used to describe Jesus in that Jesus, the Word of God, is indeed the Message of God – salvation and restoration of the close relationship God purposed man to have with Him. Rhema is like the Holy Spirit who allows us to hear and understand what God speaks into our lives – identity, love, purpose, direction and the revelation of who He is.
[John 5:39] says – “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me.”
Many are on the search for eternal life, not realising that this life is found in Jesus. And, not just eternal life, but eternal life lived in the wonder and glory of knowing God and being in His presence forever.
[Hebrews 4:12] – “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
We can reject the word of God, but we cannot hide from it. God’s word searches our innermost being. It sees the attitudes of our heart, reveals our intentions and unveils our character. He knows what we are really like, even when others don’t, and even when we do not know ourselves. He convicts and encourages continuously.
[Isaiah 40:8] – “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”
God’s word never fails. It stands true in every situation, through every age, and into eternity. We have a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and yet is never old-fashioned. He is Lord and His word declares His truth forever.
Have you heard God’s voice recently? Have you had a revelation of His nature?
Ask God to speak, and reveal His word to you today!