July 17, 2011

The Living Word / The Word of Life – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.” (Philippians 2:16).

What role does the Word of God play in your life? We should realize that we cannot have a higher regard for God than we have for His Word. It is sad to see so many claiming to be Christians who know little of and care less for the God’s Word. Perhaps it would help such careless attitudes, as well as our own, if we realize that Christ and the Word are inseparable.

There is such beautiful correlation between the Living Word (Christ) and the written Word (the Bible) that certain Scriptures could well apply to either one. Such is the case with our text. The Philippians were exhorted to hold forth the Word of life, which presumably could mean either Christ, the Living Word, or else the Scriptures, which speak of and lead us to eternal life.

The same potential dual meaning can be discerned in such texts as II Timothy 4:2 (“Preach the word”) and Hebrews 4:12 (“The word of God is living, and active”). We typically think of these passages referring to the written word but we must preach Christ (I Cor.1:23) and He is certainly alive and active (Gal 2:20).

In fact, there are many beautiful figures of speech that are applied in the Bible to the ministries of both Christ and the Scriptures in a believer’s life.

For example, Christ is “the light of the world” (John 8:12), but also, “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching is light” (Proverbs 6:23). Similarly Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), but He also said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God” (Luke 4:4).

The Lord Jesus Christ said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come unto me, and drink” (John 7:37). God also promised that “as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, . . . So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

Both are described as the very personification of truth. Jesus said, “I am . . . the truth,” and He also prayed to the Father: “Thy word is truth” (John 14:6; 17:17). Finally, both must be received: “receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21), for “as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

All of this sheds light on and amplifies the beginning verse of the gospel of John. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

 

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