The Word of the Lord
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. ~1 Peter 1:25
The Bible is the Word of the Lord! It is God’s Word in its entirety. It does not become God’s Word when we read it: it is God’s Word, period! Peter said that we have been given a more sure Word. Paul said that all Scripture is God-breathed and “is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” Peter wrote this epistle to exhort us concerning the authority of God’s Word in our lives.
We see its purpose.
“And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” The gospel is God’s Word telling every sinner of his need of salvation. It is God’s clearly-revealed instructions on why and how a sinner can get saved. It is the compass that points a sinner to Heaven. Philip asked the Ethiopian eunuch, “Understandest thou what thou readest?” He replied, “How can I, except some man should guide me?” God’s Word is “thus saith the LORD” for salvation.
We see its power.
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” God’s Word is instrumental in saving the sinner. Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” The water is God’s Word. God’s Word is incorruptible seed that finds its way into the soil of a man’s heart. A sinner must have faith in God’s Word to save him. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Thomas confessed to Jesus, “Thou hast the words of eternal life.”
We see its perpetuity.
“But the word of the Lord endureth for ever.” Unlike mortal man, God’s Word liveth and abideth forever. “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” The Word of God is forever settled in Heaven. It is endless. It is timeless. It is eternal in its content, its meaning, and its message. It does not need to be added to, and it should not be taken away from. It is forever relevant. It is forever righteous. It is forever perfect. It is forever God’s Word.
We see the passion.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” We are commanded to have an appetite, a craving, and a passionate desire for God’s Word. Babies are continuously hungry. They are under a feeding schedule. They communicate to their mother that they are hungry by crying and being fussy. When we get anxious, critical, fussy, and full of our self, it is a spiritual indication that we need to be fed the sincere milk of the Word. Just as a mother feeding her baby gives that baby comfort, God’s Word gives us comfort. Having the craving of a newborn baby is critical for spiritual growth and success. Are you hungry for the Word of God?
Let us remember that the Word of the Lord is “perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart.” It is our authority for our faith and practice. It is the first and last word on all things.
Have a Word-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Deuteronomy 8-10