The Word and the Way

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by Richard Mansel

The world is brimming with filth, disease and disaster. We cannot walk through it without becoming tainted because it’s not within our nature to do so. That requires a greater power.

God’s Word provides the cleansing agent so we can become fresh and clean again. We might counter that it’s the blood of Christ that cleanses us from our sins.

Of course that would be correct (1 John 1:7). Yet, how would we know that without God’s Word?

The world began with darkness. However, God saw that darkness and overpowered it with light (Genesis 1:1). Nevertheless, darkness grew jealous, piercing the fabric and spreading sin throughout this world (Genesis 3:1-6; Romans 3:23).

God, who  is pure light (1 John 1:5), became the chief focus of the purveyor of darkness and man has been pulled away from the light ever since (1 Peter 5:8).

Satan is the father of lies and will do anything possible to deceive (John 8:44; 2 Corinthians 11:14-15). God’s answer was the Christ, who would defeat Satan and save the souls of men (John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 15:26).

The inspired Word spreads salvation and we must pay attention (Romans 10:17). Faith in God’s Son is essential (Hebrews 11:6), because to shun his Son is to declare the Word of God a lie and that cannot be (Titus 1:2).

The Word is the greatest blessing because it shows the enduring gift of salvation. Through the pages of the Bible, we find the throne room of heaven (Revelation 4-5) and how it can be our home (Romans 5:6-11).

John astounded our simple brains with Jesus being the Word, both creator and son, simultaneously (John 1:1-5, 14). Jesus became a man in the flesh while also being divine. Thankfully, he uses that duality to save us (John 14:6).

The Word and the way will save us because “No one comes to the Father except by Me” (John 14:6, NKJV). All that is left is the will of man to make it so in their hearts.

Jesus came to save all, of but for most, it will never happen (Matthew 7:13-14). They will instead walk away into the fire (Revelation 20:11-15).

The greatest opportunity ever offered to man will be rejected and darkness will reign. For the lost, the world comes full circle; from darkness to darkness eternally.

For those who accept the gospel, however, God will say, “let there be light” and it will be very good.

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Richard lives in Florence, Alabama and is married to Deirdre. They have three daughters. He is an avid reader, devoted writer and lover of history and research. He is the author of "The Most Important Question" and is working on more books.

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