The Word

To Christians when we say “The word’, it can have two meanings.

One is the written word “The Bible”, and the other is the living word “Jesus”.

Even though they are both different they both have similar actions.

 

The Bible is the inspired word of God as given to men who recorded it for our benefit.

When we read the word we not only see the history of the beginning and the history of the Israeli nation with God but we also see so many examples of how to live and how to trust God and the fact that everything that He does is for the benefit of His people. By reading and studying it we are enlarging our knowledge and understanding of God.

  • Knowledge is the illumination of the mind.
  • Understanding is knowing what the knowledge is.
  • Wisdom is using the understanding of the knowledge.

We are told like Solomon to ask for wisdom.

Another way of saying this is:

  • Knowledge,                        knowing that God exists
  • Understanding,                 knowing how God works
  •  Wisdom,                            putting God into action.

2Ti 2:15  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

 

Jesus is also  “The Word “

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

Joh 1:14  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

Jesus is the living word and by being one with Him we also get  a greater understanding of God.

What we read in the written word has an effect on us by the living word.

 

We are told to take up the word as a sword as part of the defensive weapons that we are given for spiritual warfare.

Eph 6:17  ….. and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Heb 4:12  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.

This we use through the understanding and wisdom but also through the name of Jesus.

 

In Psalm 119 we are told of numerous things that the word does for us:

It purifies – cleanses.

Psa 119:9  Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

It stops sin.

Psa 119:11  Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.

It revives us.

Psa 119:25   My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.

It strengthens us.

Psa 119:28  My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

It saves us.

Psa 119:41  Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word.

It gives hope.

Psa 119:49  Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.

It gives comfort.

Psa 119:50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

It gives life.

Psa 119:50  This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

It is sweet.

Psa 119:103  How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

It sustains and uplifts.

Psa 119:116  Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope.

It gives light.

Psa 119:130  The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

It is pure.

Psa 119:140  Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

It is truth.

Psa 119:160  Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

It gives understanding.

Psa 119:169  TAU. Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.

It delivers us.

Psa 119:170  Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word.

 

In Jesus prayer to God for each one of us He asks God to sanctify, makes us separate and holy, by His word.

Joh 17:17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

 

The word of God acts as a mirror reflecting who we are.

Jas 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
Jas 1:23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
Jas 1:24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
Jas 1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

God’s word washes us to prepare us to be presented to Him without spot or blemish.

Eph 5:24 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
Eph 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
Eph 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
Eph 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

God’s word makes us clean.

Joh 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

We need to apply equally the written word and the living word to our lives that we may become what God desires of us.

 

The Bible is the recorded word of God.

It is God’s operating manual for man.

Many people believe that because the Bible says it, it is so, but to make it so we have to apply it.

We cannot just take particular promises or verses and claim them for ourselves; we need to make sure that we are taking them in context and also following the terms and conditions that go with them.

Terms and conditions often start with “if” or “but”.

In the bible there are approximately 1595 ifs and 3994 buts, that is a lot of terms and conditions.

When we believe a scripture is for us personally we need to check it out, look for the origination and check the context and then look for the terms and conditions, if not with the verse they will be around somewhere.

The bible shows us the potential we need to apply it to make it the experiential.

 

In Deuteronomy chapter 28 Moses lists the blessing and cursing of God.  There are 14 verses of blessing and 54 verses of curses. Moses gives us the good and the bad.

The first major preaching that Jesus did, “the sermon on the mount” was based on Deuteronomy chapter 28. Jesus took it and updated it, He also adds a way out, ‘seek ye first the kingdom of God.”

All the doctrine that Jesus preached came from the Old Testament, God never changes; He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

 

One of the best known chapters of the bible and most probably the most recited is Psalm 23:

“The Lord is my shepherd.”

An interesting fact about this Psalm is that it implies seven of the compound names of God:

 

Psa 23 A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd;

 

 

I shall be lead Jehovah Rohi
I shall not want. I shall Lack Nothing

 

Jehovah Jireh

 

  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

 

I shall not Lack Provision

 

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

 

I shall not Lack  Peace

 

Jehovah Shalom

 

He restoreth my soul: I shall not Lack Restoration Jehovah Rophe
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

 

I shall not Lack Guidance

 

Jehovah Tsidkenu

 

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

 I will fear no evil:

for thou art with me;

I shall not Lack Courage

 

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me I shall not Lack Comfort

 

Jehovah Shammah
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: I shall not Lack Protection, Preservation and Honour

 

Jehovah Nissi
thou anointest my head with oil; I shall not Lack Joy

 

my cup runneth over I shall not Lack Fullness of Blessings

 

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: I shall not Lack Devine Favour

 

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever I shall not Lack A Heavenly Home

 

Do you give God the prominence or do you take it for yourself?There are two ways to read Psalm 23, which way do you read it?

 

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David.

 

The LORD is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Yea, thoughI walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil:

for Thou art with me;

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.

 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

Thou anointest my head with oil;

my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David.

 

The lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

 I will fear no evil:

for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil;

my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the lord for ever.

 

Who is the master of your soul?