“And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the Word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that His commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto Me, so I speak.” John 12:47-50
The Word of God, our Judge, our Jury, our Executioner, and yet, our Only Way to Heaven was given to show us all of these attributes. First, we know by the written Word that all of what God says is true and of a certainty. The earth, moon, sun, stars, light, heavens, animals and plants were created by Him. All of these things were simply spoken by God and they came to be. There is nothing more powerful, more reliable, than God’s Word. The Word of God is a Rock to be stood upon. The foundation Stone of a faith created within us by the very God that speaks.
Because God is the only true righteous Being to exist, we know that it is His Word that all which we do, and all of who we are must be compared to. The Word is a mirror and it rightly divides the truth in us. We can see our own sinful selfish natures and the things that separate us from God. His Word is good and righteous and holy, and by comparing ourselves to it, with open honest hearts, we can see that we are not good, nor righteous, nor holy apart from God. The Word of God is our balancing scale, and in it we are found wanting, even being measured twice.
Within God’s Word are the commandments to do right. He has spoken His expectations to us, that we might know what it is He desires of us. And since God is righteous and holy, He would never guide us wrongly. He would never lead us to do evil, or to do anything that would cause more harm to us. His ways are holy and perfect, and in the commandments is life everlasting. In the wisdom and knowledge of the GodHead is perfection and life more abundant than the life lived apart from Him. He gives us the guidance, but it is up to us to follow. He knows, however, that none of us can live this life without making mistakes that separate us from Him. Even if we somehow managed to follow His every decree, we would each still carry upon us the original sin brought upon by Adam. But that doesn’t make the Law bad. The Law is still righteous and holy, for it was by the Word of the Lord.
So, the Word became flesh, and He lives among us, praise God! And as our representative Man, Jesus, the Word made flesh, came not to continue the judgement of the Old Testament, but to save us from ourselves and our inabilities to do as God desires to intervene on our behalf. He has done it all for us. The Word of God lived the perfect life which we could not, because He was born without Sin and never sinned in thought, word, or deed. This made the Word of God able to stand up for the test of being the Sacrifice for our sins. And, having been found acceptable as a Sacrifice, Jesus laid down His life that He may stand in the gap for us, our mediator, our atoning Sacrifice.
God’s Word in the Old Covenant was designed to show us our helplessness, our weakness, and our need of a Savior to intervene. Jesus came to us and He did intervene, the very Word become flesh Himself. His coming ushered in the New Covenant, the better Covenant. And the Word became simpler to interact with, simpler to understand, and easier to follow. Jesus does not talk down to us. Every Word from His mouth is given by the Father, and is perfect, cutting the marrow from the bone, yet gentle and loving. He came to save us, and no matter what others may say about Him, or about us, His Word says we are found acceptable, justified, by our faith in Him to have accomplished it for us. By His Word, we hear that what we must do is to believe in Him, and to continue to believe. We are to believe in Jesus, the Word of God, for He alone is faithful and true.
It is by His Word that we know and understand that God loves us. He loves us so much that He tells us the truth about ourselves. And then He sends His Only Begotten Son to speak to us face to face and to die for our sins. It is by His Word that we can believe it. It is by His Word that faith is spoken into us. He authors it within and He dwells there, too, having spoken our new names when we were newly created again after our second birth. We are His, and He is ours, and we know it by His Word.
May God’s Word dwell in us. May our faith rest in His saving Word.
Thank You for the gift or Your Word. Thank You for all that You’ve spoken and the lives You have graciously given to us. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, the Word become flesh, and for what He did for us at Calvary. Thank You, Lord, for loving us so much as to guide us each and every step of the Way by Your written Word. Strengthen us, Oh Lord, that we may dwell in Your Word and abide by the righteousness of it. Continue to guide us, Oh God, with Your still small Voice, lest we become like lost sheep. Help us, Abba Father, to live the lives you have called us to live. May we follow your every Word, to the least jot and tittle, and bring glory and honor to You. We give You all of the praise and honor and glory, now and forevermore.
In the precious and holy Name of Jesus, Amen.