THE PENETRATING WORD

THE PENETRATING WORD

As we are being transformed, we must make sure we are being transformed into God’s image and not our own or the world’s. We are continually bombarded by ungodly influences of society and the world. We are over-loaded with sources of information and communication through the media, over the Internet, from Hollywood, even through our government and the people with whom we associate. Not all of this information is bad; however, most of it is not from the mind of God. Satan’s influences that are contrary to God’s ways continually contaminate our thinking, seducing us into believing ourselves to. Be our own gods.

As mentioned in the beginning of this book, many people are desperately searching for some type of transformation. Most are seeking transformation by their own means, trying harder and harder to find meaning and joy in their lives. Because many of these attempts at transformation are man made, they are short lived and without everlasting hope—but this is not something new to man. This search for a new life with new meaning and joy is as old as Adam and Eve. From the moment they turned away from God to follow their own appetite, they fell away from the perfect relationship with God in the Garden of Eden. They believed the lies of Satan. It was the beginning of the search for completion, seeking and being fooled by the philosophies of man. As present in the garden as it was present during the days of Jesus, so it is present in ours lives –today.

The apostle Paul sums it up very well:

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and basic principles of this world rather on Christ. (Col.2:8)

If we really want to be transformed and have greater intimacy with God, we need to be guided by his word and not the world’s word. Think of it this way: in order of our automobile’s engine to run smoothly, we need to regularly change the oil. If we ignore this practice, the oil will eventually become so contaminated and weak that our engine will overheat and stop working.

Similarly, our minds need constant changing and cleaning. Because our faith actually comes from the Word of Christ (Rom10: 17), we need to let the Word of God dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16). When we abide in the Word of God daily through daily Bible study and meditation, our faith is transformed and grows deeper. The Bible helps us clean our minds by revealing tom us the things to think about “…. whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, and whatever is excellent or praiseworthy….” (Phil. 4:8). We need to continually cleanse our minds with God’s Word.

Although the Bible is the largest-selling book in the world, it is the least read. For many Christians, taking or making the time to study God’s Word in a major problem.

Although many of us take the availability of the Bible for granted, countless thousands of others around the world wound gladly give all they have for the opportunity to read a Bible.

Perhaps many of us don’t realize that over two thousand years, people have lost their lives struggling to ensure that future generations would be able to read the Bible in their own language (people are still losing their lives over this, e.g. China). Some of the first translators of the bible into English were excommunicated from the church {Wyclif’s bible, A>D. 1382} and ordered by the government authorities to be burned alive at the stake. {Tyndale’s Bible A.D. 1525, Tyndale burned to death on Oct. 6, 1536}.In the fifteenth century, a man named John Gutenberg (A.D. 1454) found a better way to make the holy word of God accessible to everyone by inventing the printing press. Using the printing press meant that Bibles were reproduced at a less costly price, in a more timely fashion, and in greater quantities. Previously, bibles cost a year’s wages and took months even years, to complete because they were all hand copied.

 

Even in our own country, the main purpose of early public education was to teach the masses how to read and write so that they could read and study the Bible. How far we have come from our appreciation and respect for the Word of God!

Despite the continuous persecution the Bible has suffered throughout its rich history, the Word of God has always prevailed, for the Word of God is eternal and can never be destroyed. Human philosophies and laws come and go, but the Word of God is forever.

It is essential for a child of God to read the Word of God daily— for we cannot live or survive spiritually without it. Through it we are reminded in various ways how God gives us life through his Word. we are told by God in Deuteronomy 8:3. That he humbled the Israelites by causing to hunger and then fed them manna while wandering in the desert for forty years. This was to help the Israelites become dependent on God and not their own ingenuity in order to survive. God says he did this to teach them “man does not live by bread alone but on every Word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deut. 8:3).

Jesus later quoted this verse to Satan who tried to attempt him in his desert experience (Matt.4:4). Jesus was emphasizing the same principle—that our sustenance must come from God who loves us, and unless we have the spiritual food, which comes from God, we cannot have a healthy relationship with the one who is the Word.

When we realize the power of God’s Word, the Bible, we can have a greater appreciation for the Word. We realize the Word is God in the flesh, even Jesus Christ.

In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1-2)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John1; 14)

This “Word of God” means God himself, and he came to us in a physical form on thus earth as Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The Word existed in the beginning of all time, and the Word will last for all time. Jesus himself said, heaven and earth will pass away, but my Words ever pass away” (Matt. 24:35). The word of God is powerful because it is God, and it is eternal.

Contrary to some beliefs, the Bible will not originate from man. No prophecy or proclamation of scripture came from the will of man or from his own understanding, but the Bible came God who spoke through men by the holy spirit (1 Peter 1: 20-21).

God’s Word, the Bible, comes from the mind of God, and his thoughts are very different from our thoughts and ways. God says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isa. 55:8-9).

Therefore when we read the Bible, we are reading the mind of God himself. The word we read in Jesus Christ himself who is God (see John 1:1-2, 14). This makes the Bible an actual, living word that is active and powerful. For the word of God is living and active….” (Heb. 4:12). The Bible is able to penetrate both our soul and spirit. God’s Word is active in accomplishing his purpose of redemption, salvation and transformation.

It was by God’s word that the heaven existed in the first place, and that the earth was formed out water and by water (2Pet. 3:5). God just spoke the word, and it was done. God is true to his powerful word because God is his word (John 1:1). The Word is Jesus the son of God. The Word came to man by the holy spirit of God (1 Peter 1:20-21). The Father, son and Holy Spirit are alive, powerful and active just as God’s Word says. God’s word cannot be taken lightly nor neglected if we want to be transformed and saved for it is the power for salvation to all who believe and obey it.

The apostle Paul said that he was not ashamed of the gospel (the good news), “…because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16). If you believe God’s word and obey it, you will be transformed into a child of God. This can only come from God himself if you allow him to do his part on his terms.

Perhaps the main reason for our neglect of God’s word is because we, as with Martha in Luke 10, allow everyone tasks to distract us. And unlike Mary, who made time to listen to the word of God, we become stimulated and enticed by the many noises that drown out the gentle whisper to God.

In Mark 4:14, Jesus compares God’s word to that of a farmer who sow his seed. The seed, of course, is being the word of God, sown throughout the end of time. Jesus used this illustration to show four different reactions people have to God’s word.

The farmer plants the word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the word then Satan snatches away what has been planted in them. And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the word, they response with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it. The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all they heard, and nothing comes of it. But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams. (Mark 4:14-20 MSG)

In summary, the Bible is God’s love letter to his children. God is powerful. If we allow it, the Word of God will transform us, but we must be willing to let him in. to be transformed, we need to allow his presence, power and love to overtake us.

When we take time to know God personally, passionately, and powerfully, we will fall deeply in love with him and his word to follow and obey.

Do not conform any longer to the pattern

Of the world, but be transformed by

The renewing of your mind.

(Rom 12:2).

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~ by ubcky4 on August 20, 2009.

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