The Power of the Word of God
There are many liberal Christians who are starting to question the validity and authenticity of the Bible. I will not use this article to debate the origins of the Bible, all of the authors who wrote the books, and how the different translations came into being. There are plenty of good books at your local Christian bookstore that deal with this topic very extensively.
After studying the Bible in its complete entirety - there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that all of the Bible is God-breathed - and that all of it has come directly to us from God the Father through the Holy Spirit.
For those of you who believe in the literal interpretation of the Bible and that all of it has truly come from God the Father, I will use this article to give you some extremely powerful verses from Scripture to show you that not only did all of the Bible come direct from God the Father through the Holy Spirit to all of the authors who wrote all 66 books of the Bible - but I will also give you some powerful verses from the Bible showing you how powerful the actual words of the Bible really are, and how they can dramatically help to change and transform you into the kind of person that God really wants you to become in Him.
The actual words of the Bible are anointed by the Holy Spirit Himself - and they have the full ability to completely change and transform you if you are willing to work with the truths that are contained in the actual words.
Jesus says in the Bible that you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. However, you first have to know what the truth is before the truth can start to work to set you free.
This is why Kind David said we must meditate on the words of the Bible - so we can find out what their true meaning is and how these truths can apply to our daily lives. Meditating on the Bible means to think about, to chew on, to try and figure out what the meaning of the words and the different passages of the Bible are all about.
Though the Book is long, God has made it as simple and easy as He possibly could. Think about this. There is only one Bible. In one Book, God has given us everything we need to know about Himself, His Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the basics of our salvation through the death of His Son, how He wants us to live this life, the things He wants us doing and the things that He does not want us doing.
In this one Book are all the ways and commandments of our Lord, and all the information we are ever going to need on what is awaiting all of us on the other side when we die and cross over - heaven for the saved and hell for the unsaved.
I believe the number one reason God created the human race was for intimate fellowship. Even to the amazement of the angels in heaven, God seems to have some type of special longing and love for the human race. The fact that God would send His one and only Son down to our earth in the flesh to go through the worst form of physical death at the time He came, all just to bring us back to Himself, really does show us how much God really does love all of us.
The Bible tells us that the love that God has for all of us is like a "consuming fire." These two words are showing us a love that is of maximum intensity. With this kind of intense love for us, I believe that God is trying to tell all of us one main thing - and that one main thing is that He is looking to enter into a one-on-one personal love relationship with each one of us.
Think about this - that the one and only all-powerful God of the entire universe is looking to make a direct personal connection with you on an individual and unique basis.
If you really step back and look at the big picture and all the things that we see in this life - what is the one thing that most of us long for in this life? What is the one thing that will make you cry when you see this portrayed on the movie screens? It is the longing for a true soul mate. It is the longing for a pure, true and unconditional love from a person of the opposite sex.
There is nothing that can satisfy the deeper longings of your soul the way that true love can. However, there is just one small catch with this scenario. Even though some of us may have found their true soul mates in this life, there is one more small thing that has not been met.
No matter how perfect you think your mate may be, bottom line - your mate is still not perfect since the Bible tells us that all men and all women have sinned and have fallen way short of the glory of our God. What this means is that no matter how good of a love relationship you may have with your mate, that person is still not capable of giving you perfect love because that person is not perfect in his or her very nature.
Thus every single one of us still has that little hole in our soul that just can't seem to be filled with anything else in our lives. No matter how much money we have, no matter how many material possessions we have, no matter how many loving children we have - there is still something missing and none of these things can completely fill that little hole that is in all of our souls.
God has purposely left a vacuum, a hole and a void in each one of our souls when He created us. And the only thing that can fill this hole and void is God the Father Himself, His Son Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit.
There is absolutely nothing else on this earth that can fill that void. People are literally chase the wind trying to find anything and everything to fill that void - and no matter how many lovers they have, no matter how many marriages they enter into, no matter how many toys they buy with the money they have - nothing they chase after in this life will fill that hole in their souls.
The only thing that will fill that void and hole in your soul is finding and then entering into a personal love relationship with God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. There is nothing else that will fill that void!
Since God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are perfect in Their actual natures and have no dark side to Their personalities, then They, and only They, are the only Ones who are capable of giving you a perfect, pure and unconditional love that no one else can give you on this earth.
This is why the Bible tells us that we will find a peace that will pass all human understanding once we have accepted Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior and have become truly born again. That peace we will find is the result of finding the one true Person who can fill that empty void that is on the inside of each and everyone of us - and that one Person is God Almighty Himself.
However, once you have found God through accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, there is now something you must do. You must now grow in the knowledge of God and grow in the personal relationship that He wants to establish with you. And how do you start to grow in the personal relationship He wants to establish with you and grow in the knowledge that He wants you to have about Him? By diving head first into the Bible!
When two lovers first meet and fall in love with one another, the first thing they naturally and instinctively want to do is to learn as much as they can about one another.
How can you truly fall in love with another person unless you first seek to know everything you can about your lover, his or her past, where they have been, what they have been through, who are all of their friends and family, etc. Once you really fall into true love with someone, you will have a hunger to find out as much as you can about them and their past.
It's the exact same way in our relationship with God. God obviously knows everything about each one of us, but we do not know everything about Him, His Son or His Spirit. So the only possible way that we can learn all about God is to read and study from the Bible, since the Bible is the only Book that we have down here on this earth that will give us detailed information as to who the Three of Them really are.
If a true born-again, Spirit-filled Christian is really in love with God and really wants to deepen the personal relationship that they have now established with God - then the first thing that person will really want to do is to get into the Bible so that they can find out everything they possibly can about this awesome God of ours.
The more knowledge you gain about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit from studying the Bible - the stronger and deeper your personal relationship will become with the Three of Them.
As you will see in the Scripture verses listed below, there are several other incredible things that will start to occur in your life if you really seek to study the Bible with the intentions on wanting to learn more about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit in order to deepen the personal relationship that you have now established with the Three of Them.
I will break these Scripture verses down under appropriate captions so you can see how powerful the Word of God really is and how it can dramatically transform and change the quality of your life if you are willing to study, learn and seek to apply the truths that are in this incredible Book.
Study these verses very, very carefully. These verses are showing you how powerful the Bible really is. Since all of the Bible comes direct to us from God the Father, you can completely trust and rely on that what you will read from the Bible will be 100% pure solid God-truth.
I will break these Scripture verses down under the appropriate captions below so that you can fully grasp the revelation that is being given to you by the Lord.
1. All of Scripture is Given to Us By Inspiration From God the Father
These first two verses will specifically tell us, without any other possible interpretation, that all of the Bible has been given to us by "inspiration of God" through holy men who were "moved by the Holy Spirit" to write what they wrote!
In other words - all of the words in the Bible have come direct to us from God the Father through the Holy Spirit. The specific authors of the Bible then wrote under the guidance, inspiration and illumination of the Holy Spirit.
This is why you can completely trust that what you will read from the Bible will be 100% pure solid God-truth! There is no other book on our earth that contains direct words from God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ other than the Holy Bible. God Himself has personally arranged that all of the revelation that He wants us to have in this life about Him and His Son would all be contained in this one incredible Book.
Here are the two specific verses telling us this:
• "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." (2 Timothy 3:16)
• "... knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." (2 Peter 1:20)
The first verse specifically tells us that all of Scripture, not just some or part of it, comes direct to us by inspiration from God the Father. The second verse then takes us one step further and tells us that the holy men of God who wrote the Bible all wrote under the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit Himself. It also says that no part of Scripture was of any private interpretation of these authors.
The first verse also lays out the groundwork as to what the Bible is going to be used for - for establishing solid Christian doctrine in the real truths of God, and for instruction in the knowledge and ways of God, so that we may all be made complete and thoroughly equipped to go to work for God in the calling that He has set up for each and every one of us in this life.
These two specific verses are powerful foundational verses in which our study of Scripture has to be based on. If you do not believe that all of the Bible is truly the inspired and infallible Word of God - then the Holy Spirit is not going to move on you to start to really work the truths that are contained in the Bible to change, mold and transform you into the kind of person that God wants you to become in Him.
Bottom line - if you want the truths that are contained in the Bible to really be able to change and transform you - then you have to believe that all of the Bible comes direct to us from God the Father through the Holy Spirit. If you do not, then the Bible will have little or no transforming effect on you and your life.
2. The Word of God is Living and Powerful
As you will see in the following verses, the words that are contained in the Bible are living, powerful and sharper than any two edge sword we can make on this earth.
In other words, the words in the Bible have God's supernatural life in them. They are literally anointed by the power of the Holy Spirit Himself. This is why the words and the truths contained in the Bible have the supernatural ability to change and transform you into the kind of person that God wants you to become in Him.
That is why Jesus told the apostles to "feed" His sheep. When you read and study the Bible for increased learning, you are feeding yourself with the direct and anointed words from God Almighty Himself.
Many Christians who do not regularly feed off of the Bible have no idea on what they are really missing out on. The Words that are in the Bible are pure solid spiritual food that have the supernatural ability to feed your mind, soul and spirit. Nothing else will feed your inner man like reading from the Bible will.
Just like our human physical bodies need physical food to be able to survive - so does our mind, soul and spirit. The food that we feed our physical bodies will not nourish our mind, soul or spirits. The only thing that can spiritually feed and nourish us on the inside are true solid spiritual truths. And the only true solid spiritual truths that can feed us to cause any kind of true spiritual growth to occur in this life are truths that come direct from God the Father and Jesus Christ.
There are no other spiritual truths from any other sources that we can feed off of that will cause any kind of real spiritual growth to occur in this life. Any other source is just dead meat. It has no supernatural life or ability to change you because it is not coming direct from God the Father and thus has no anointing on it.
All other false religions and New Age type thinking have no supernatural ability to change and spiritually transform you in this life. Only the truths that are contained in the Bible have this ability.
Now here are 9 major power verses showing you how much supernatural life and power there really is in the Word of God.
1. "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)
2. "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11)
3. "Is not My word like a fire?" says the Lord, "And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?" (Jeremiah 23:29)
4. "It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life" (John 6:63)
5. "This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life." (Psalm 119:50)
6. "Your words were found, and I ate them, and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart ..." (Jeremiah 15:16)
7. "How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" (Psalm 119:103)
8. But He answered and said, "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.' " (Matthew 4:4)
9. "... as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious." (1 Peter 2:2)
Notice all of the food analogies that God is using to compare His Word with. What He is trying to tell us is that when you are studying the words that are contained in the Bible - you are spiritually feeding yourself with supernatural nutrition!
I believe that all of the above Scripture verses are trying to tell us one thing - that the Word of God is living, powerful, and real spiritual food for the soul and spirit of every man and every woman who is willing to feed off of it.
3. The Word of God is Pure Solid Truth
If the Bible is telling us that all of Scripture is coming direct to us from God the Father through the Holy Spirit - then the next thing that the Bible will be telling us is that all of the words that are coming direct to us from God in this Book are 100% pure solid truth.
If God is all-perfect and all-powerful, then this means His intelligence and knowledge on all things is all-perfect. And if His knowledge on all things is all-perfect, then this means that all of the words that He is conveying to us in the Bible can be counted on as being perfect words, thereby giving us perfect knowledge.
This means that all of the Bible can be counted on as being 100% pure solid God-truth with no errors and no mistakes. The Bible tells us that all humans will only know in part with what knowledge we are able to gain down here on this earth. Thus every book you read from human authors will never be totally perfect in the knowledge that the author is trying to transmit to you.
However, since all of the Bible is coming directly to us from God Himself - then the Bible is the only Book that we have down here on this earth that is totally and completely perfect in the knowledge that it is trying to transmit to us.
This is why the Bible has the ability to change your life. No other book on this earth has the amount and quality of wisdom and knowledge that this Book has - all because this knowledge and wisdom is coming direct from God the Father Himself.
Now here are 4 very good verses from Scripture that are specifically telling us that every word that proceeds from the mouth of God is 100% pure solid truth.
1. "Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:5)
2. "The words of the Lord are pure words, like silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times." (Psalm 12:6)
3. "For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." (Psalm 33:4)
4. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." (John 17:17)
Notice the first verse says that the words that come from God are "pure" words. The last verse then says that all of God's words are "truth." Put those two verses together and you get that all of the words that come from God are "pure truth."
Pure means 100% pure - which means that all of God's words are pure 100% solid truth with no errors or mistakes. This is why the Word of God is also called infallible and inerrant. If the Bible says that a thing is so - then it is so - end of discussion. You can literally bank your life on it!
4. The Word of God Can Sanctify You
If all of the words of the Bible are pure 100% solid truth - then this means that all of the words in the Bible have the supernatural ability to sanctify you - especially since all of the Bible has the anointing of the Holy Spirit Himself on the entire Book.
God's ultimate and highest aim for all of us after we become saved and born again is to sanctify us, to transform us, to mold and shape us into the express image of His Son Jesus.
It is the job of the Holy Spirit to start this molding, transforming and sanctifying work in us after we get saved. However the Holy Spirit needs something to work with in order to get this transformation process kicked into full gear - and that something is knowledge. God wants you to have full knowledge on what it is He wants to change about you before He really starts to move you into this sanctification process.
And where do you get the knowledge that will get God to start this sanctification process within you? From the Bible! There is no other book that we can learn and study from that will give us the direct knowledge that we will need from God the Father to get Him to start this sanctification process within us.
It's the Word and the Spirit working together in a believer's life that will get God to start working full force in your life to change you into the kind of person He really wants you to become in Him.
Here are several powerful verses from Scripture specifically telling us all of this. The first two verses will tell you that God can literally sanctify you by His Word.
1. "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth." (John 17:17)
2. " ... that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish." (Ephesians 5:26)
3. "How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word. With my whole heart I have sought You; Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes." (Psalm 119:9-12)
4. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you." (John 15:3)
5. " ... and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls." (James 1:21)
6. "For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe." (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
Notice the last verse says that the Word of God can "effectively work in you." This means when you start reading and studying the Bible in order to gain more knowledge about God - it will start to effectively work in you to start to change you into becoming a better and more holy person.
Just think of the power that this Book has to dramatically change and transform the quality of your entire life. True happiness and true inner fulfillment can only be found on the inside of your being, not on the outside with material things and possessions.
Hollywood is living proof that money, fame and notoriety will not buy you true inner happiness. There are many in Hollywood who truly have what they think is "all" - yet they are miserable, unhappy, depressed and go from one shrink to another - all in an effort to try and find what is still missing in their lives and why they can't seem to find true happiness with all of the earthly wealth they have accumulated.
The only way to find true happiness in this life is to become saved and born again through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ - and then enter into a dynamic personal relationship with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. From there, you are to start seeking after the knowledge about God and all of His ways by studying and reading the Bible on your own.
The personal relationship you will establish with God, and the knowledge that you will gain about God from reading and studying from the Bible is what will dramatically transform the quality of your life down here on this earth. Nothing else on this earth will do that for you!
5. The Word of God Will Give You Knowledge and Wisdom
The Bible tells us that we are to grow in the knowledge and ways of God. And the number one way in which we will grow in the knowledge of God is by studying and feeding off of the Bible. There is no other way! If you don't seek to learn more about God and Jesus by studying from the Bible, then your spiritual growth in the Lord will stagnate and you will stop growing in Him.
There are no shortcuts to true spiritual growth in the Lord. You have to pay your dues - and those dues are that you have to gain and increase in knowledge about God before the Holy Spirit will really start to spiritually grow you in the Lord. And the only Book that will give you this secret knowledge in order to really be able to spiritually grow and mature in the Lord is the Bible.
And not only has God given us everything that we will ever need in this one Book - but He has also given us His Holy Spirit, whose main job is to "teach us all things" and to "guide us into all truth."
Several verses I will list below will tell you that the Holy Spirit Himself will be the One to personally open up the meaning of Scripture for you so that you can see the knowledge that God the Father is trying to transmit to you through this Book! This is a supernatural work that can be done for you by the Holy Spirit if you are willing to go into a seeking mode with Him when you study the Bible.
Here are several good verses telling us that the Word of God can impart true knowledge and true wisdom to us, and that God does want us growing in the knowledge of Him, His Son and His Holy Spirit.
1. "... but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18)
2. "And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures." (Luke 24:45)
3. "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you." (John 14:26)
4. "However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth ..." (John 16:13)
5. Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:31)
6. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another ..." (Colossians 3:16)
7. "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path ... The entrance of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple ... Direct my steps by Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me." (Psalm 119:105, 130, 133)
8. "My son, give attention to My words; incline your ear to My sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh." (Proverbs 4:20)
All of the above verses are showing us how powerful the words that are coming direct from God and Jesus really are. The Word of God can truly change your life - but only if you are willing to spend some quality time seeking to understand what is in this most incredible Book.
6. The Word of God Will Stand Forever
The last thing you will really need to grasp on the power of the Word of God is that the Word of God will last and stand forever - both in this life and the next life to come when we all enter into heaven.
Here are 3 good verses from Scripture telling us that the Word of God is not chained and that it will endure to all generations - both in this life and the next life to come, which means forever!
1. "... for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained." (2 Timothy 2:9)
2. "Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations ..." (Psalm 119:89)
3. "The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of God stands forever." (Isaiah 40:8)
Not only will your study of Scripture profit you in this life, but it will also profit you in the next life to come - which will be heaven.
I personally believe that we still continue to study the Bible even when we all enter into heaven. I don't believe any one human can truly master the Bible in this lifetime. There is simply way too much knowledge, wisdom and revelation that is contained in this one Book for any one human to be able to fully grasp all of it in this lifetime.
I believe that the Bible is like a treasure chest that has no bottom to it. And to think that all of this knowledge is contained in just one Book! Only a true God of the entire universe could have put this much knowledge and revelation into one Book.
I'll leave you with one last thought. Each Christian must make their own personal decision on this. Once you have become saved and born again by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior - you now have one of two choices to make.
You can either choose to press in and start seeking after God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit by spending regular quality time in the Bible to learn as much as you can about the Three of Them - or you can just leave well enough alone, figure you have as much of God as you will ever need in this life, and go on your merry way living for the world and the things of this world - never ever increasing your knowledge base about the Lord, and never really growing in the knowledge of God and all of His ways.
I'm afraid most Christians in this day and age are taking the latter approach. Most Christians have either never read the Bible in its complete entirety or have read very little of it in their own personal walks with the Lord.
This is one of the reasons we have started up this website - to try and show you how much working knowledge there really is in the Bible and how this knowledge can dramatically change and transform the quality of your life.
As I have shown you with all of the above Scripture verses, the Word of God is:
• Pure Solid Truth
• Alive, Living and Anointed
• Sharper than Any Two-Edged Sword
• Can Spiritually Nourish Your Mind, Soul and Spirit
• Has the Ability to Sanctify and Cleanse You
• Has the Ability to Teach You, Guide You and Direct Your Steps in this Life
• And Will Last and Stand Forever - Both in this Life and the Next Life to Come
What more can you ask for in one Book? Bottom line - there is simply no other book on our earth that has this amount of unlimited knowledge direct from God Himself like this one Book has. And it is all there for the taking for anyone who wants to dive in and take the journey.