God’s Word In Our Salvation

So what have we learned from the Scriptures so far ?

Here is what we have learned…

God The Father is the first source of the Word; 

Jesus is its teacher; 

the Holy Spirit is its revealer; 

and the apostles and prophets of Jesus are its inspired recorders.

And to ILLUSTRATE how the WORD of GOD works in our lives the Bible describes the Word in several different ways. The Word of God has a very special nature.

In the New Testament, the Word of God is viewed as seed.  In the parable of the sower, Jesus spoke of the word of God as seed which, when planted in the hearts of men would produce fruit to the glory of God.

Luke 8:11

11 “Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.

From this we learn that as seed must be planted to produce a crop in the natural world, so the world of God must be planted in the hearts of men to produce fruit in the spiritual world.

This should make us realize the necessity for preaching the gospel to people who have never had an opportunity to hear it.  And it should cause us to feel the importance of studying the word for our own growth in spirituality.

Not only must seed be planted, but when it has come us in the form of a plant, that plant must be cultivated if it ever produces anything.

And we also notice in the New Testament that…

The Word is spoken of as food.  Peter speaks of the word of God as milk:

1 Pet. 2:2

2* like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation

The Hebrew writer uses the same illustration when He writes:

The Hebrew writer said:

Heb. 5:12-14

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food.

13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.

14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.

And Paul uses the same illustration when he says…

The apostle Paul said:

1 Cor. 3:1-2

1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ.

2 I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it. Indeed, even now you are not yet able,

As the human body needs food to cause it to grow, so the spirit needs God’s word to grow.  If the human body goes long periods without food it will get weak, so the spirit will get weak in its fight agains evil if it goes long periods without spiritual food, the word of God.  Old people need to continue to eat food to keep their physical strength; so aged Christians need to continue to take spiritual food to maintain their spiritual strength.

We also need to notice that the Bible describes the word…

As light.  The Word of God is light  David spoke of the word of God as a light to guide his feet

Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Proverbs says:

Proverbs 6:23

23 For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life

The apostle Paul said:

2 Cor. 4:4

4* in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Light is a great blessing.  Blind people are to be pitied because they are deprived of the beauty and guidance of light.  So those without the word of God are to be pitied because they have no spiritual light to guide them and to show them the beauties of heaven and heavenly things.

And we should also notice that the WORD contains power…

The Word of God contains the power to save.  We are told that the word of God is able to save the soul

James 1:21

21* Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

Paul said that the gospel is the power of God for salvation:

Rom. 1:16

16* For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

I want you to see this point clearly – there are a number of passages that illustrate the great power in God’s Word…

CONSIDER THE POWER – Jesus appeared to Paul to make him a minister and a witness and a preacher to the Gentiles, and the book of Acts says:

Acts 26:16-18

16* ‘But get up and stand on your feet; for this purpose I have appeared to you, to appoint you a minister and a witness not only to the things which you have seen, but also to the things in which I will appear to you;

17* rescuing you from the Jewish people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you,

18* to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Me.’

From that time forward Paul went about preaching the word and changing the lives of people, turning them from Satan to God.  He tells us of the people at Corinth, who were changes from vile sinners to saints:

1 Cor. 6:9-11

9* Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals,

10* nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.

11* Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.

And the Hebrew writer tells us that the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword:

Heb. 4:12

12* For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

We need to learn how to use THAT POWER in our own life and for the salvation of others.

The WORD OF GOD HAS GREAT POWER and it is intended…

To edify or “build up.”  The apostle Paul said:

Acts 20:32

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 those who are sanctified.

By speaking the truth in love we may build up the body of Christ, the church, so that members will no longer be children – Paul tells us in Ephesians…

Eph. 4:13-15

13* until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ.

14* As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;

15* but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

In 1 Cor. 14 the apostle Paul contrasted the gifts of speaking in tongues and prophesying, showing that the power to prophesy, speak the truth by the guidance of the Spirit, was more to be desired than the power to speak in a foreign tongue, because the hearers would be edified if they heard God’s word in their own language.  Then he said he had rather speak five words that people could understand than ten thousand words in a tongue they could not understand

(1 Cor. 14:13-19).

This illustrates that people will be edified more by hearing five words they can understand than they will by hearing ten thousand words they cannot understand.

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