“THE POWER OF THE WORD”
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
There has been a debate raging for centuries as to the “true” Word of God. Truthfully, it is not even a debatable issue whatsoever. Jesus is declared to be the “incarnate” (flesh) Word in John 1:1, 14. Again, in I John 5:7, we see the Word as He is manifest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” Then, in the book of Revelation when Jesus is returning to earth to do battle with the devil’s crowd at Armageddon, He is portrayed as the glorified Christ and referred to as Faithful and True, and His name is revealed as “The Word of God”. “And he was clothed in a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God” (Revelation 19:13). There is absolutely no doubt as to the awesome power of the “incarnate” Word, Jesus, because in Him we see He is the Creator of all things. “All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3). For even more emphasis of His creative power, Paul writes to the church at Colosse, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him:” (Colossians 1:16). We know also of the many, many miracles Jesus performed when His ministry was on earth. He astonished and astounded people with His power to heal, to control the weather and even raise the dead. His power was so great that hundreds of people would follow Him daily so that they could witness His miracles.
The actual meaning of “word” is, “the manifestation of a thought.” We have already seen that Jesus was the physical or incarnate Word and that He had “all power”. Now, we think about the written Word and again realize the awesome power it displays. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” There are many scripture passages that give irrefutable evidence to the power of the written Word of God. Some of the most common verses that proclaim the power of God are conclusive in their demonstration. “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jeremiah 20:9). It was obvious to Jeremiah that he could not disregard the power of God’s Word. “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:32). These disciples are saying, “We certainly cannot dispute the power of the Word of God.” “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). This is plain to all that true deliverance comes through the power of the Word of God.
Jesus states in Matthew 28:18, “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” For those of us who truly want to experience the power of God we must make sure we stay with the Word, incarnate, and in the Word, written.
Pastor H. Preston Parker