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The Work of the Word

” … Speak the Word only and my servant shall live.”

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There is nothing more valuable to invest our lives in than the Word of God. In the Old Testament we see that Moses understood this:  “Blessed the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your Word, that You may give him power to keep himself calm in the day of adversity… ” (Psalm 94:12,13)  Also in the New Testament we see that the centurion in Matthew 8:8  was aware of the power and the authority of the Word of God to work healing:  “Speak the Word only and my servant shall live.”  And because he understood proper delegated authority,  he was willing to place himself under the Authority of One Whom he discerned had the power to help and to heal.  Both of these passages in the Bible reveal the work of the Word of God.

” God said … and it was so”

When we think of the work of the Word in the past, we are reminded that “By the Word of the Lord were the heavens made” (Psalm 33:6;  II Peter 3:5), and that “the worlds were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the Word of God…” (He.11:3, Ampl).  And of course, in Genesis 1 & 2 we see these words repeated often:  “God said…and it was so”;  i.e., the Word performed what God had ordered!

In Psalm 107 we read of the delivering, rescuing, and saving that the Word of God accomplished for those desperate for His intervention.  Verse 20 precisely says, “He sends forth His Word and heals them and rescues them from the pit and destruction.”;  and He still does this for us today, because this Word – Who IS Jesus Christ (Rev.19:13b) – is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb.13:8).

Without Him Who is the Word of God, we can do nothing.

Just as the Lord Jesus Christ could do nothing of Himself (John 5:30), neither can we (John 15:4,5).  Frances Ridley Havergal expressed this beautifully: “What a long time it takes us to come down to the realization of the fact that without Him we can do NOTHING, but that HE must work all the works in us!  This is the work of God, that we go on believing (John 6:28) and that we go on trusting.  Then, dear friends, who are longing to trust Him with unbroken and unwavering trust, cease the effort and drop the burden, and now entrust your trust to Him.” (p.14, Kept for the Master’s Use).

This One we trust, the Lord Jesus Christ,  utterly depended on what He heard from the Father.  For us as well, it is so vital that we not only read the Word of God but that we hear it, being that “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” (Rom.1:17)  We have a precious, comforting promise in Psalm 40:6 that assures us that we can do this:  “You, O Lord, have given me the capacity to hear and obey Your Word.” I might not feel or even be very smart, but I can be smart enough to believe this promise!

” … the Lord has commanded a blessing, even life  forevermore.”  (Psalm 133:3)

In verses 1 and 2 of this Psalm, we read about a work that only the Word of God could accomplish:  the unity of the brethren.  Then in verse 3 we are told of another work which His Word has already accomplished:  a blessing commanded upon Mt.Zion, “the place of His Grace”, even Eternal Life given to those who receive and enter into the Domaine of Grace, through faith.  George Swinnock made this commentary on the third verse of Psalm 133 in The Treasury of David, vol.3, p.173:

'He spoke, and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast.' (Psalm 33:9) Click To Tweet

“It is an allusion possibly to great persons, to a general, or an emperor. ‘Where the word of a king is, there is power.’  The centurion said, ‘I say to one soldier, Go, and he goes;  to another, Come, and he comes; to a third, Do it, and he does it.’  So God commands one ordinance, ‘Go and build up such and such saint’, and it goes;  He says to another ordinance, ‘Come, and call Home such and such a sinner’, and it does it. God’s Word and Work go together.  Men cannot enable others or give them power to obey them;  they may bid a lame man walk or a blind man see;  but they cannot enable them to see or walk;  God with His Word gives strength to do the thing commanded;  as in the old, so now  in the new creation.  ‘He spoke, and it was done;  He commanded and it stood fast.’  (Psalm 33:9)

One more encouraging and breath-taking example of “God said … and it was so” is in Mark 4:39, where we see the LIVING Word giving the SPOKEN Word in a dramatic circumstance:  “And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now!  Be still (muzzled)!  And the wind ceased … and there was … a great calm (a perfect peacefulness).”  Sometimes we must wait for the work of the Word of God to be manifested;  other times it is immediate!  But whether we see it right away or have to wait, we can thank Him that it will be done, exactly as He has said (Acts 27:25)

 

” … I will visit you and perform My good Word towards you …”  (Jeremiah 29:10)

 

What happened over and over again in the Old and New Testament times, and what continues to happen without fail today, will continue to happen throughout the future.  He WILL ALWAYS perform the Word that has gone forth from His mouth.  In Revelation 19:13-15, we see that He Whose Name is the Word of God will come with the armies of Heaven with a sharp Sword going forth out of His mouth, with which He will strike the nations.  This is just before the Millennial Reign.  Every single thing He said He would do from Genesis to Revelation will be done, visibly as it now already is in the Eternal Mind of the Trinity!

 

” … Your commandment … extends all the way into Eternity!”

 

“Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity]” Psalm 119:96. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Matthew 24:25, NKJV)  Imagine this: His Word, His thoughts of peace toward us (Jer.29:11) and even His work will never pass away.  ” … Whatsoever God [the Word] does, He does it forever … ” (Eccl.3:14)  How wise,then, how intelligent and reasonable it is, to invest our lives in that which is forever settled in Heaven (Psalm 119:89)!  Indeed, the writer of Psalm 119 sums it all up neatly:  “I have seen that everything [human] has its limits and end [no matter how extensive, noble and excellent];  but Your commandment is exceedingly broad and extends without limits [into eternity].” (v.96)  And our works accomplished by this Word of His Grace, through His faith in us, will follow us as well, all the way into Heaven (Revelation 14:13)

 

 

 

 

Jenny Perry

Jenny Perry

Jenny was drawn to Greater Grace because of the love of God lived out in the Body of Christ and because of the strong emphasis on “hiding the Word of God richly in your hearts.”She lives in Lee, Massachusetts, with husband John, where she is part of Greater Grace Church of the Berkshires, pastored by David Stambovsky.She is currently teaching a Bible study via Skype on Saturday mornings with ladies from Central Asia, South Asia, and Eastern Europe.
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    MARIANA ISAC says

    THANK YOU!!!!!

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      Jenny Perry says

      I’m glad you were blessed by it, Mariana!

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