31st May 2014

Words Through Life 

“…and the Word was God.”
John 1:1 (NKJV)

I agree with a lady called Rebecca Armstrong who recently wrote an article in the daily newspaper ‘i’.  She quite rightly pointed out that there are words and sayings that affect us as we travel through life. She mentioned that in our early years at school the words, “It’s sports day tomorrow,” or, “It’s time for a surprise maths test,” can really knock us back on our heels. Later on in life the words, “I didn’t get the job,” and still later, after becoming a house owner, “We need a new boiler!”  have a similar effect. 

Words can terrify, amaze, sadden, delight, comfort, excite, encourage, inspire and amuse us—but what about the word of God?  For us, words are just a vehicle for information.  We live in a world of words, especially in the technology of today with email, Face Book, Twitter and other social media. 

But when we consider the word of God we come to see that, first of all, Jesus is “The Word”—the Logos, the one who spoke the creation into being.  John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, (Logos) 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.”  So, this awesome being who spoke the world into existence, the One who became “God with us—Immanuel”, is the Word of God. Words for us are units of speech; sound-bites in the air or splatters of ink on a page. But God’s words carry power, the power of creation. “God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through him also He made the worlds.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)  Notice also Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 

God’s word is overwhelmingly productive.  It is indeed living and powerful, and He informs us through the prophet Isaiah that, just as the rain and snow come down and do not return until they have watered the earth, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) 

Again, Hebrews 1:1 reminds us that in these last days God is speaking through his beloved Son—but are we listening?

Our tender Father, thank you so much for the words of life, the words that you have sent into this world through our Saviour, Redeemer and Friend, Jesus.  Please help us to listen to him as he speaks to our hearts.

Study by Cliff Neill


About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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