The Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

In this opening verse of the book of John, “the Word” is the Lord Jesus Christ. John 1:14 The Word, or Logos, as presented in the Greek text, means the mind of God, the revelation of his will and characteristics. John calls Jesus “the Word” because he is the fullest revelation of God to the world. In Jesus the man, they saw and touched God incarnate as the Word became flesh and dwelled among them. John 1:14 Since then, for 2,000 years and counting, the revelation of God in Christ is found in the Holy Bible, 2 Timothy 3:16-17 in ministers accurately preaching the Word, Romans 10:15, Isaiah 52:7 and by the Holy Spirit of God who lives in us and opens our minds to the truth. Ephesians 1:17-19

The Word’s capacity to convey meaning, direction, and the truth of spiritual reality is inexhaustible. A lifetime can be (well) spent plumbing the depths of its treasure, but the headline is this:  no man is righteous enough to escape hell on his own; Romans 3:10-12 the only way to heaven is belief and submission to our Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:6

But sadly, the instinct of an unregenerate man is to follow his desires and reject the light of the Word. Man’s inherent draw to darkness is fed by temptations of fleeting worldly pleasures, delusions of self-righteousness, and the deception of religious liars that lead souls away from the truth of Christ. John 3:19 Man can also be derailed from the faith by attempts to reconcile what little he knows in the world with the Word of God. Learning, reasoning, questioning, and even doubting are not bad things, as intellect and analytical ability are gifts from God, elements of his likeness in which we were made. Genesis 1:26 But many will dismiss the good news when they stumble over something they cannot comprehend or reconcile. This fatal display of ignorance is based upon an assumption of adequate intelligence in the presence of God Almighty, proof that man does not truly understand who God is. Isaiah 55:8-9, Romans 11:33-34

Look to the heart of what God has revealed and know that he has not yet revealed everything. Know that Jesus is the Christ, our savior who died for our sins, was raised from the dead, and has told us what we must do. Dwell on that, accept what he says, and don’t worry about dinosaurs, if a man can survive 72 hours in a fish’s belly, if suffering disproves God’s presence, or why life is unfair. Faith is belief in and submission to the Word, the revelation of God; this is the essence of Christian life. Hebrews 11:1, Luke 5:1   So have faith, run this race, pass the test, and then when you meet God in heaven, you can ask him about all that tangential stuff. Did it all happen as written, or were there allegories, or is reality found in the spirit, or will you care when you are in the presence of the glory of God and spared from an eternity in hell?

Man seems quick to swallow the lie from Satan that God’s Word is fiction and that life is preferable without him. Jesus tells us that more will succumb to temporal, profane life than will see heaven. Matthew 7:13-14


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