The Word of God
By Michael Zaucha
The Word of God is pure – every word of God is pure (Prov. 30:5). Thy word is very pure (Ps. 119:140). God’s word is free from all falsehood and error for it comes from the God of truth (Deut. 32:4; Ps. 31:5; Isa. 65:16), who cannot lie (Tit. 1:2).
It is given to men by inspiration of God (II Tim. 3:16), which alone gives men the only true revelation of God Himself – of His name, of His nature, of His person and ways. It reveals God’s Beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ in all His glory and majesty being shown to be the One who did and is doing the will of God (Heb. 10:7).
Every teaching of the word of God is pure. Every doctrine and promise is very pure. Its purity is made known in that it is true. To all that believe it, it is living and active, quick and powerful (Heb. 4:12). It is the means through which men are born again, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever (I Pet. 1:23). And those that are born again, live by their continued ingestion of it (Deut. 8:3; Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:4), for they have found it to be good having tasted it for themselves (Heb. 6:5).
These new creatures hear the word of God and keep it, and they are blessed in it (Lk. 11:28). They speak the word of God with boldness, and in so doing, it does increase, yea even to its multiplication within them (Acts 12:24). The word of God is preached to the people of God and they truly do have a desire to hear it. Whole bodies of such people come together to hear the word of God, so mightily grew the word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20).
The prevailing of the word speaks of its might and power upon those who hear it and believe it for it truly is of might to turn one from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God (Acts 26:18). It is of power to break the bonds of sin that entangle men and make them free. And the word of God prevailed – continuing in its power to usward who believe to do much work; to accomplish in the believer that which God hath sent it for, even unto the attainment of eternal life. For it is written: it is the word of God “which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (I Th. 2:13).
The word of God is not bound; neither can it be (II Tim. 2:9). Evil men can bind up the Apostle Peter, yet the word of God grew and multiplied (Acts 12:24). All the Apostles can be handed over to death, yet dead they still speaketh (Heb. 11:4). Even though the saints of God do suffer tribulation in this world, the word of God is not bound for Jesus has overcome the world (Jn. 16:33).
Testifying of Jesus. The Apostle John was given grace to bring all these wonderful truths concerning the Word of God – its purity, its power and might, its sustainment to God’s people, and its glory – and ascribe it to the person of the Lord Jesus Himself.
“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God” (Rev. 19:11-13).
The Purity of Jesus. Jesus Himself did this declare: “the prince of this world hath nothing in Me” (Jn. 14:30). His apostles would also affirm this truth concerning Jesus’ purity: being Him “who knew no sin” (II Cor. 5:21); “He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15); “a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Pet. 1:19); “He did no sin; neither was guile found in His mouth” (I Pet. 2:22); “In Him is no sin” (I Jn. 3:5). Jesus truly is very pure.
The Power and Might of Jesus. The deadliness of sin is that it has and still does separate us from God and that is the condition from which no man is able to recover himself from in his own strength (Isa. 59:2). Apart from Christ, all are truly dead in trespasses and sins, but God would bring men back to life through Jesus Christ our Lord, even unto eternal life.
Jesus declared: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. For as the Father hath life in Himself; so hath He given to the Son to have life in Himself; and hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation” (Jn. 5:24-29).
The apostles would minister this wonderful working of God through Christ Jesus to glorify God and also to edify and strengthen the people of God in that He has done a great and mighty work in you. “And you hath He quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1); “And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses” (Col. 2:13); “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (I Pet. 2:24). Jesus truly is quick and powerful.
The Nourishment of Jesus. While Israel was nourished by manna for forty years in the wilderness, those in the new covenant are in need of a better and more enduring substance for them to endure to the end. Jesus Himself is that very provision from God.
“Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst” (Jn. 6:31-35).
There is no other provision that is able to bring God’s people through this world that lieth in wickedness except Jesus Himself. But to all that partake of God’s nourishment, of Christ Himself, and continue to do so is held out the promise of eternal life.
“Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him. As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of This Bread shall live for ever” (Jn. 6:53-58). Jesus truly is the One that we live by.
The Glory of His Very Person. His Heavenly Father heard His Son’s prayer on that last night Jesus was with His Apostles for Jesus prayed according to the will of His Father: “Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.” Jesus’ intention for the prayer was not self-centered, but rather to glorify His Father and Jesus would do so in the accomplishing of His Father’s eternal purpose for His people: “that He (Jesus) should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him. And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the Only True God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent” (Jn. 17:1-3).
His Heavenly Father answered accordingly as Jesus had prayed, this being revealed by the Apostle Peter, speaking of God, “that raised Him (Jesus) up from the dead, and gave Him glory” (I Pet. 1:21), and again affirmed this truth by the Apostle John while he was on the Isle of Patmos who was given to see Christ’s exaltation and that which was given Him: “worthy is the Lamb to receive . . . glory” (Rev. 5:12).
Therefore, being at the right hand of God exalted (Acts 2:33), Jesus would continue to be about His Father’s business in the bringing of many sons to glory (Heb. 2:10), even preparing them to the uttermost for it. The glory God had given Jesus- and our beholding Him - is that which prepares His people and changes them from glory to glory, as it is written: “we all, with open face beholding, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Cor. 3:18).
Our beholding Jesus now – the glorified Christ of God – is that which is accomplishing our change, beginning now in this life – it must begin now! (Rev. 22:11) – with the promise of being fully completed when Jesus comes again and we see Him as He fully is – in all His brilliant glory! Then, when we see Him face to face, our final change shall come and we shall be like Him (I Jn. 3:2). For Jesus alone is the brightness of God’s glory and the express image of His person (Heb. 1:3) for God will show Him to all creation on that day for who He truly is: “The Blessed and Only Potentate, The King of Kings and Lord of Lords” (I Tim. 6:15).
Men who seek to know God unto eternal life do so in vain apart from their beholding Jesus - for only in the face of Jesus Christ is the glory of God revealed and seen (II Cor. 4:6). Beholding Jesus is not a work of the flesh, but one which is accomplished by the Spirit of the Lord given to all that are in Christ Jesus (Acts 2:38-39, 10:45; Rom. 5:5; Tit. 3:5-6).
The Holy Spirit accomplishes His work in us now through the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ (II Cor. 4:4), the record God has given of His Son (I Jn. 5:10), opening up the significance and preeminence of Jesus – in the revelation of His very Person, and of His workings, of the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, and of His accomplishments before God in our behalf even to our being saved now to the uttermost by His exalted life at the right hand of the Majesty in the Heavens (Rom. 5:10). As we behold the Jesus the Holy Spirit reveals and declares, as we believe and continue to believe all that is in His record, you are being changed and readied for the glory to come.
Conclusion. Therefore, the words of Jesus still stand vital and necessary to each of us in our being brought to glory, to be sustained and prepared that we might endure to the end: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (Jn. 15:4-7), for Thou hast the words of eternal life (Jn. 6:68).
Let us all heed the exhortation given us unto our enduring to the end that with purpose of heart, cleave unto the Lord (Acts 11:23); build up yourselves on your most holy faith (Jude 1:20), be not moved away from the hope of the gospel (Col. 1:23) and when Jesus comes again, you shall in no wise be disappointed. Amen.