This is the third article in the series entitled “Plug in to the Power.” Using the acrostic for power, the first article was on “Praise,” the second on “Others” and today I would like to share about the “Word.”
The word of God is the revelation of the will of God, the character of God and the power of God. While there are many translations and paraphrasers of the Bible — 2,287 according to a December 2013 article at Biblica.com — the overwhelming message of God’s love and grace is consistent. His character is one of commitment and faithfulness. His will is the restoration of mankind to himself. His power is limitless in His quest of redemption. It would be foolish on our part to assume the word of God is just like any other written document or book. It is a supernatural book filled with the knowledge, wisdom and love of God.
Hebrews 4:11-13 states, “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (NKJ)
One could say, in addition to being a living and powerful document, the word discovers and reveals the condition of our heart. No wonder we tend to disavow its validity or simply ignore it! It has the power to convict us of our sin.
2 Timothy 3:16 states, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (NKJ)
The word of God provides us with the source for doctrine (what to believe), reproof (a standard for proofing what we believe), correction (showing us the error in our thoughts and actions) and instruction (solid teaching for living a righteous life) that we can be mature and ready for anything life offers.
The apostle Paul states in Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.” (NKJ)
Paul described the word of God, the gospel as the power of God.
In closing, I would like to share a few funnies about the word of God from a child’s perspective. Please enjoy.
The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot 's wife looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason interrupted, “My mommy looked back once while she was driving” he announced triumphantly, “and she turned into a telephone pole!”
A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, “If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?” A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, “I think I'd throw up.”
A Sunday school teacher asked, “Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was on the ark?’
''No,” replied Johnny. 'How could he, with just two worms?”
Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had learned in Sunday School. “Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely. Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements. They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.”
“Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you?' his mother asked.
“Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, you'd never believe it!”
A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible — Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.
Little Rick was excited about the task, but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.
On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know.'