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Theological Meditations, Week 2: The Power of The Spoken Word and The Gospel

September 2, 2008

So I just got back from out of town with my wife and daughter. We took our first family trip and our daughter’s first beach trip together. We had a blast! We went to Mrtyle Beach, South Carolina. The resort we stayed at was very nice. The vacation has put my wife and I behind a day on our weekly Theological Mediations. Last week we covered (loosely) a necessary result of the Cross: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. This week I hope to cover a necessary initiator of the Cross: God’s spoken Word, namely in the regeneration of human hearts from children of wrath to children of grace.

I have always been fascinated at language (specifically words); especially its complexities, intricacies, origins, meanings, and usages. But specifically, I have been blown away by the power of language. Language is not powerful in and of itself unless it contains words of truth, especially words of transforming life-altering truth. No other language or words in the history of the universe hold such power than the word (s) of God Himself.

For God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, Creator of language. He spoke the first words. He spoke the Heavens into existence. He spoke the Earth and its lands and seas into existence. He spoke the animals and birds and plants into existence. And like this creation account reveals in Genesis 1:1-2:3, when God spoke, things happened. And they didn’t just happen any old way, they happened just as He spoke them. And when they happened, God saw that it was good. Why? Because God is good and all that He does is therefore good too!

This week I want to tackle different aspects of the power of the spoken word of God including but not excluding:

  • Creation: God Speaking Man into Existence
  • Interaction: God Speaking With Man
  • Prophets & Prophecy: God’s Speaking for Man
  • (*NEW) Jesus Christ: God’s Word Becoming Flesh (NEW*)
  • ReCreation: God Speaking the Gospel to Man
  • The Holy Spirit: God Speaking through Men.

Here are some texts to help you feel the weight of what I feel when I meditate on the power of the spoken word of God:

Hebrews 1:1-3

1:1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Wow! Jesus Christ, God’s Son, “upholds the universe by the word of his power”. Notice it doesn’t say “by the power of his word” but the reverse. What a powerfully strange phrase: “the word of his power”. God’s power is displayed in his word. When God speaks, His power is displayed.

Psalm 29:3-9

3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders,
the Lord, over many waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.

5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;
the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon to skip like a calf,
and Sirion like a young wild ox.

7 The voice of the Lord flashes forth flames of fire.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.

9 The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth [3]
and strips the forests bare,
and in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

Again, how majestic and beautifully aweful is God’s voice! It powerfully affects His creation.

Genesis 1:3-5

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

This classic verse is so often skipped over. But read it again when it says “And God said…” Just the idea that this supreme all powerful being speaks. And He chooses to create and act through speaking. This makes one’s view of words and language much bigger, loftier, weightier, and more significant!

2 Corinthians 4:6

6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Perhaps the greatest example of what regeneration looks like in the whole bible and my personal favorite Gospel verse, the same Creator God who spoke light into existence has shined his light into hearts to save them; to reCreate them. This is breathtaking!

So reflect on these verses and prepare to meet with me and God through His mighty voice and the power of His spoken word.

Audio for the Day: The Voice of the Lord by Philips, Craig, and Dean (Below in player)

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