God’s word

source: gci.org
source: gci.org

Numbers 27:14: because you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing to uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are the waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)

God did not forget the rebellion of Moses but punished him for it by depriving him of getting to the Promised Land.

Isaiah said: my ears you have opened and I was not rebellious. He said God wakes his ears every morning to hear like the learned (Isaiah 50:4-7).

Jesus said: he who has ears let him hear what the Spirit is saying (Revelation 2:7), and he also said that we should take the best advantage of what we hear (Mark 4:24), because it is what we do with it that will determine what happens in our lives.

You cannot be better that what you have learned of the character of God, via his word. In many “kingdom of God” parables as related by Jesus, a central part is the seed concept which Jesus described as the word of God.

There are different dimensions of the word. There is the eternal word, the word made flesh, the spoken word, and the letter of the word.

The eternal Word

The eternal Word is responsible for the detailed creation of the world. As a seed it formed the essence of everything seen and unseen. There is no existence apart from the Word (John 1:1-14). He created everything. The eternal Word is Jesus in his pre-incarnate state.

He is the creative genius of the Godhead. As the eternal Word he is God, without beginning of days. That really bring the crucifixion story into its eternal context, and why you should not blame Peter for saying that Jesus should not say he will go to the cross to die (Matthew 16:21-23). It was inconceivable even to angels that God will die. But because of His union with humanity through the incarnation and the role he has to play as the sacrificial lamb who takes away the sins of the world, he had to go through with it.

Micah said his (Jesus Christ) going forth was from everlasting (Micah 5::2). He is the seed from which existence itself. If you existed, it was because Christ made it so. That was what john meant when he said in him was life and the life was the light of men; the light gives individual creation their individual essences, whether you are an angel a trees or the fountains beneath the land; or the galaxies. He gives you the capability of self-awareness. That was what John meant when he wrote, in his was life and the life was the light (self-awareness) of all men.

He is the wisdom that Solomon described in his book which he said God possesses at the beginning of his creation work (Proverbs 8). That Wisdom (Jesus) said that his delight is with the sons of men. He has a special affinity for humanity.

The Word made flesh

In the fullness of time, the word of God became flesh and dwelled among us. That is the state he will assume forever. Jesus is “stuck” with the body he had when he was on earth. Of course he can chose to appear in other forms, since he is God and cannot be caged, but he had eternally identified with the human race, and his praise will resound for all eternity for rescuing us from the scum of sin and death, cleaning us up with his blood and setting us to be priests and kings unto our God (Revelation 5:9-10).

Jesus said that the reason he was sent was to make the blind to see. When the Pharisees asked him: are we also blind? He said that if they were blind, then they have no sin, but since they claim that they see, their sin remains with them (John 9:39-41).

They really were blind and the purpose for the coming of Jesus as light is to cure us of our blindness but that operation of the word made flesh can only be a reality in our lives if we acknowledge that we are blind in the first place, if we acknowledge that we need Christ. Otherwise, we will remain blind, claiming we see and getting ready to fall into the pit.

The spoken word and the letter of the word

While the Word made flesh is a living personal embodiment of God the Word, the spoken word and the letter of the word are disembodied, impersonal. They are verbal (spoken word) and static (letter of the word). While there is operational dynamism in the Word made flesh, the last two have no such thing. They have to be applied by people before they can serve any purpose, presenting the possibility of error.

For those who use the spoken word (e.g. the ministers of God) and those who read the bible (the letter), the aim should be to express the Word made flesh and connect to His realm of existence, the realm of God. The more consistently that is achieved the better.

That is why Paul said that the letter kills but the Spirit gives life (2Corinthians 3:6). When the letter is removed from its ultimate aim of connecting to the life of God, it lends itself as an instrument of death. That is why Jesus informed the Pharisees that though they were avid readers of the scriptures putting a lot of premium on it, it would not do much in their lives because they do not recognise that what they read point to the Word made flesh, who was standing before them (John 5:39-40).

There is nothing static about Christ, though he is the same yesterday today and forever does not imply being static (Hebrews 13:8), it means he is dynamism without end.

When the spoken word and the letter of the word do not connect the people to Christ, just to your pet ideas and the figments of your imagination all crafted to make you feel important, as somebody that should be listened to, if they are not hearing Christ in your voice, then it is all an exercise in futility, and at best a waste of the people’s time.

Isaiah wrote: if they do not speak according to this Word (there is only one word, which is Christ) it is because there is no light in them (Isaiah 8:20). Light does not come because you say something that is novel, neither does it come because you have read the bible; it comes if through those things you get connected with the Word himself.

The devil has zero connection with God but he can quote the scriptures, the letter of the word posed no problem with him. Therefore realise that as good as memorizing the scriptures is, let it be about a dynamism of relationship with God, let it be about connecting with the life of God (which Jesus is) through it.

The spoken word and the letter of the word are merely means for us to connect with the eternal dimension of God in real-time.

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