THE WORD OF
GOD AND ITS POWER, PS 107:20
By way of
definition a word is the unit of language but in biblical terms the Word is the
Gospel Message. In theological terms the Word is God Himself. It is also His
begotten son, Jesus Christ the Saviour, John 1:1-3
Message is therefore the Word which Jesus Christ sowed into human heart. Those
whose believe it are saved. Those who do not are condemned because they reject
the offer of salvation and eternal life, John 23:16-18.
Such is the
power in the Word that all that God needed to do was to deploy it, to counter
the darkness and chaos that satan, the fallen archangel had imposed on the
earth, following his disgraceful expulsion from heaven, Rev. 12:7-12, Lk.
the Word and the earth was restored to its original perfect state. The forces
of darkness, of which satan was commander-in-chief, were defeated for the
“And God said, Let there be light
and there was light,” Gen. 1:3
light the follow-on creation of plant and animal life, and the creation of man,
God’s “image and likeness,” Gen. 1:26, would have been a waste and God knew
that – as they would not have survived. In any case, Jesus the co-creator with
the Father, and the Light of the World, John 1:6-12 was present. Darkness had
to give way to light.
The Power of the Word
1. It heals
those who are physically and spiritually sick, men and women who may be heading
for destruction, Ps. 107:20.
2. It delivers
those who are oppressed by satan. The Madman of Gadara was totally lost. He had
turned his back human habitation, living among the dead. If he had any family members
at all they had abandoned him as the legion of demons in him and turned him
into a wild animal, more or less.
Jesus saw him all He had to do was speak the word in the form of a command to
the ravaging spirits in him:
Come out of the man thou
unclean spirit, Mark 5:8
left their host pleading for divine mercy. No demon can
look at the face of Jesus and stand. If they tried to destruction awaited them
instantly. It did not matter at all that they were 5000 or 6000 in number, the
power in Jesus and His word subdued them, Mark 5:9-13.
there is power in the Word. Jesus and His disciples were in a boat and there
arose a tempest. The disciples were afraid, worried that the boat might be
turned over by the angry waves. But Jesus was sleeping unpertubed until the
frightened disciples woked Him up. He rebuked the winds and the sea, thus
making both of them look foolish for upsetting His disciples. He had power over
the elements, Matt. 8:23-27.
4. He brought
the dead back to life in a way that shamed death and its sponsor, satan. On
being told that His friend, Lazarus, was dead He simply said he was sleeping.
When He reached the graveside He didn’t address death or satan nor did He worry
about the rotten flesh of the deceased. He simply conversed with His Father and
thereafter spoke the word.
Lazarus come forth John
And he who
was dead came back to life. Not only that, a few day after Lazarus sat at table
with Him sharing a meal, John 12:1
can one say about the Word, either as the Bible or a gospel message? If you
allow it to dominate your life it will keep you away from sin, Ps. 119:11, Ps.
22:1. When you are sick you remember God’s promise concerning your health, 3
John 2. When you are weak the Word gives you strength, Isaiah 41:10-13. The
Word truly heals. Study and mediate on it as God told Joshua, Joshua 1:8 and it
shall do wonders, even today, John 14:10.