Friday, August 3, 2012

The Word of God is Living

The word of God is living and active. In the world there are so many words flying around, ideas and philosophies trying to convince us of their truth and value. Some Christians say that the Word of God is not contemporary enough. "People don't want to just hear about the Bible and go to some boring old church where they talk about the Bible all the time," they say. So many leaders in the church today have messages of health and happiness, how to be financially responsible and how we should protect the environment. Obviously, I don't think those things are bad, I live here, too. But, as Christians, we have in our possession the very Word of God to humanity, and it is alive. Many generations have come and gone, their contemporary cultures dying with them (those roaring 20's were hip once upon a time). But God is the same yesterday, today and forever. What we are doing now, that seems so hip and so now, in the future will look the way the roaring 20's look to us now; outdated and far removed. But God and His Word is always now, always contemporary. His Word speaks into our lives now because it is Him speaking through it to us. In fact, the Scripture says that the Word of God can discern what is happening in our hearts and that we've been born again through it.

Hebrews 4:12 says that "the word of God is living and powerful (active in the NIV) and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. In 1 Peter 1:23-25 Peter says, "we have been born again through the word of God... which lives and abides forever." Peter then quotes Isaiah 40:6-8 which roughly says "that the glory of man is like a flower, it's glory falls away, but the Word of the LORD endures forever."

In eternity, there will still be God's word. This current, foolish world will be changed and the Lord will reign in righteousness and peace. Should we be listening to men's wisdom or should we turn to the Living Word? Should we be trying to please people with our own cunningly devised anticdotes or giving them the eternal, life giving Word of God? Paul said in Romans 10:17, "faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

The Bible says, "where is the wise? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world (1 Cor. 1:20)?" Paul also says, "I did not come to you with excellence of speech or of wisdom, for I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:1-2)." "The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God (1 Cor. 3:19)." "We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us." Do ambassadors take their own words or the words of the one who sent them? And what is the word? "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor 5:20-21)." "We do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake (2 Cor 4:50)."

There is a watered down Christianity out there. There is a "Christianity" that isn't even Christianity! And it's not that I am judging or saying I am any better of a person, I know that I am not. But "how will they hear unless someone preaches the word?" This "contemporary" culture we live in is only temporary. Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun. There is only One that never changes, and His message is the same as it was 2,000 years ago from the cross of Calvary, and His plan of the redemption of mankind was known to Him before creation.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Col. 3:16).

That He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word (Eph. 5:26).

Receive with meekness the implanted word (James 1:21).

Holding fast the word of life (Phil. 2:16).

Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you (2 Thess. 3:1).

For You have magnified Your word above all Your name (Psalm 138:2).

Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth (John 17:17).

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