A word is a sound that has meaning. We use words all the timeâ€”â
€œdog,â€� â€œcar,â€� â€œlight.â€� Our words are powerful.
They can hurt or heal. And the words we use say a lot about us.
They can show more than we intend to reveal about the kind of
people we are.
God uses words as well. His words are much more powerful than
ours. God's words can create or destroy. And the words he uses
say a lot about him. They reveal his nature as well as his will for us.
The word revelation means uncovering or disclosing. If God did not
reveal himself to us, we would never know him. If he had not
spoken, we could never have heard.
The first thing God did was speak. â€œLet there be light,â€� he
said. And there was light. That one act says a lot about God.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament
shows his handiwork, day unto day utters speech, and night unto
night reveals knowledgeâ€� (Psalm 19:1-2).
He is powerful. God expresses a desire and it is immediately
realized. He speaks and things appear. "By the word of God the
heavens were made" (Psalm 33:6).
He is active. He doesn't just wait passively to see if we can
discover him on our own. He takes the initiative and reveals, or
discovers, himself to us.
He cares. His attention extends from the greatest to the smallest
aspects of the universe. The first thing he created was light,
which reveals the beauty of creation and enables us to move
safely through the world.
We know a lot about God from the created universe. â€œFor
since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his
eternal power and Godheadâ€� (Romans 1:20), but if that were
all we had to go on, our knowledge would be incomplete.
The universe speaks of God's power, majesty and sovereignty, but
it says little about his love. That is seen in the living, incarnate
Word of God, Jesus Christ.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and
the Word was God. . . . In him was life, and the life was the light
of men" (John 1:1-2).
The created world fails to say anything about God's desire for
relationship with us, his people. He has "purified your souls in
obeying the truth . . . having been born again, not of corruptible
seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and
abides forever" (1 Peter 1:23).
And it fails to express the extent of his sacrificial love for us. "For
God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that
whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life"
Jesus is the rider on the white horse in the book of Revelation. "He
was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called
'the Word of God'" (Revelation 13:19).
Finally, the phrase â€œthe Word of Godâ€� refers to Godâ€™s
revealed will or the the Holy Scriptures. Inspired means filled
with or dominated by the Spirit. The concept first appears in
scripture in the form of oral discourse. In ancient Israel,
prophecy was uttered under the influence of the Spirit of God.
Early Christians understood the giving of the Spirit as a mark of
full assimilation into the Christian community. The concept is also
applied to documents written under the inspiration of the Spirit.
â€œFor the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than
any two-edged swordâ€� (Hebrews 4:1). Christians are to arm
themselves with the â€œsword of the Spirit, which is the Word of
Godâ€� (Ephesians 6:16). A knowledge of God's will enables
us to stand firm in difficult times.
As Christians, we should be aware of God's message to us
through the created universe, the incarnated Jesus Christ, and the
inspired scriptures. We should appreciate and praise our God
who speaks, who longs for relationship with us, and who reveals
not just his power but his love and his will to us.
Not that he wants to run our lives. He has given us individual
personalities and free will. But being our loving creator, he
knows that some things we might choose are counterproductive
He wants what is best for us. He came so we could have full,
abundant, satisfying life (John 10:10).