God’s Living Word
GOD AND HIS WORD
The Lord has been dealing with me as I have been meditating on Him. He has been speaking to me about the word of God. What does God have to say about His word? What makes it a living word? What is the importance of God’s word, especially to us today?
In Hebrews 4:9-12 we read: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of god....” Here in verses 11 and 12, the writer of Hebrews connects unbelief with the word of God. Without the word of God, there isn’t much operation of a spirit of unbelief. Unbelief comes into existence because of the word of God. If you are full of unbelief, it’s the word of God you don’t believe. You can have your opinion about me, whether you like me or not, believe me or not, and that isn’t particularly unbelief. But, when you don’t believe the word of God that is unbelief.
THE WORD IS ALIVE
Hebrews 4 goes on to say: “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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.” The word of God is quick – that means alive. It doesn’t mean fast, it means alive. A lot of people set themselves up as being judges of the word of God. They want to judge the word. We don’t judge the word of God, the word of God judges us. We do judge prophecy as it comes forth, to determine whether it is a word from God. If it is a word from God, then we believe what the Lord says. We judge prophecy to see whether the word is from man, the enemy, or a word from God.
The word of God was first spoken by God himself. Genesis 1 says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then it talks about the void, and the spirit of God moving upon the face of the deep.
Gen. 1:3 says: “And God said let there be light, and there was light.” Nine times the phrase occurs “And God said....” The fact of God speaking is important to the writer of Hebrews and this book will be the most important book in dealing with the subject of the Word of God.
THE WORD AND THE WORLDS
The book of Hebrews was written to a people who claimed to believe the word of God. It was the living word of God, which was among them, and that they were beginning to drift away from. The early church was drifting back into the old covenant and old order of that which was passing away. Therefore, the writer of Hebrews was dealing with them very strongly on this word of God. In Heb. 11:1-3 it says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Now notice that faith did not create the world. Yet, through faith, we understand that the word of God framed the worlds. The word of God brought into existence all the things that we see. Everything that the world would say has substance, came into being by the word of God.
No physical being or substance created this world. It was the invisible word of God that created the universe. In Psalms 33:6-9 we read: “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” So we see that God’s spoken word brought into existence everything that we see with our eyes. We were not created and brought into existence only by a mother and father. There was something behind that. They and the life substance that was in them was brought into existence in the beginning by the word of God.