Written or spoken, God’s word is powerful

“God said, ‘Let there be light.’ And there was light!” Genesis 1.3.

The Bible is God’s word. In it, God speaks to man. Originally, for the most part, it was a spoken word. Then he caused it to be written down.

Whether spoken or written, God’s word is the same and contains the same truth and power.

God’s power is infinite. He is omnipotent. His power is exercised and displayed in his word.

Just as the rain and the snow come down from the sky and don’t return there without watering the earth, making it conceive and yield plants and providing seed to the sower and food to the eater, so is my word that comes from my mouth; it does not return to me empty. Instead, it does what I want, and accomplishes what I intend, Isaiah 55.10-11 CEB.

God created all things by speaking. “By faith we understand that the worlds were set in order at God’s command, so that the visible has its origin in the invisible” Hebrews 11.3. To create something by speaking a word is almost beyond human comprehension.

God’s word is often associated with power, for power is an essential element of his word. “For the kingdom of God does not consist in [mere] words but in power” 1 Corinthians 4.20 NASB. God’s word carries power with it. Paul spoke of himself and his companions as servants of God who worked “in the word of truth, in the power of God” 2 Corinthians 6.7. Converts have “tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come” Hebrews 6.7.

Jesus is God, and as God he also wields the power of the divine word. He “sustains all things by his powerful word” Hebrews 1.3.

By means of the written word of God, he also creates something impossible for man to produce: a new life, a new creation, a new transformation of any person willing to submit himself.

Only the Bible is God’s word. Therefore, only the Bible contains the power of God to save and to transform a person into a new creation. The Bible bears all the marks of a supernatural origin. It is consistent, free of error, and demonstrates a unity in all its parts, even though it was written by about 40 men over a period of hundreds of years.

God caused the Bible to be written, preserved, and translated. We may not see the details of how he did this, but he used many people—even those who don’t serve him faithfully—in many places to bring the Bible to the world. We can see, however, its positive results.

No other book has been printed, shared, translated, and distributed as much as the Bible.

Even though some may not obey it, many discern in its pages the power of God. It behooves the faithful to proclaim its truth and its power that all might have opportunity to experience its wonderful effects.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet. His microblog is randal.us.

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