God’s Word

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. John 1:1-3

The Word has always been there, even before creation came into being. The Word was not only with God – it was God. Note how God speaks about Himself in creation as a plural God:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. Genesis 1:1-3

God was there, the Holy Spirit hovered over the face of the waters, and Jesus was the Word that brought it all into being when God spoke. That is why, in the verses below, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image…”

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Genesis 1:26,27

We learn from these verses that, although God is one, He is expressed in three persons. This is hard for human minds to understand, but our minds were not made to understand Him. The symbol below was designed to make it easier for us to grasp God in three Persons:

We understand, from other places in Scripture, that God exists as:

The Father – God above us
The Son – God with us (Immanuel)
Holy Spirit – God in us

In this study we want to focus on the Word of God, Who, as we have seen above, is Jesus. The Word of God is a Person, and His name is Jesus. He, the Word that later appeared in the flesh, was there when God created everything in the beginning. Look at the verse below:

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:3

Micah, the prophet, speaks like this about Jesus:

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, Though you are little among the thousands of Judah, Yet out of you shall come forth to Me The One to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth are from of old, From everlasting.” Micah 5:2

John 1:14 explains that Jesus is the Word of God made flesh, and this gives an entirely new meaning to the Word. Everything that Jesus said and did was God’s Word coming to us. God cannot be separated from His Word; He is one with His Word, and because God doesn’t change, His Word cannot change.

And the Word became 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. John 1:14

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89

The Word cannot lose its power or validity because God never loses His power! He is the same God today that He always has been. That tells us that the Word that we read is more than letters on a page – it is a living thing, and Jesus confirmed it to be so:

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63

Since God and His Word are one, and cannot be separated, we understand that God cannot do anything contrary to His Word. If He did, He would not only contradict Himself, but also be called a liar. And if that were the case nobody would ever put their trust in Him. How can you trust anyone who is not true to his word? We are as good as our word – and so is God!

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8

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

The same Word that created everything that we see – including us – is also the Word that upholds, sustains, maintains, and takes care of us:

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1-4

How does that happen? The Word takes care of us when we believe it to be true, and allow it to influence our lifestyles, decisions, words, and general behaviour in a practical way.

“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. Matthew 7:24,25

Life will always have challenges, storms come at us, but we can overcome when we live according to God’s Word. This means we must set aside our own opinions and preferences, and follow the Word of God in everything. The Bible that we hold in our hands is God revealing His will to everyone of us – for our benefit.

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