In previous messages I have written about God’s Word. The Word, as revealed in Scripture, is far different than what we speak or what is written. “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1: 1) We know what words are; however, in Scripture Word is actually a person, and that person is Jesus. “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 14) Jesus, the Son of the living God is Word. Do we truly understand the significance of what the Father has done? He has made it possible for us to not only know Jesus, but to actually see Him with our eyes. Is not the Bible the Word of God? Of course it is. That being the case Who must the Bible be? The Bible, the Word of God, is Jesus Christ in His purest form. In the world these things seem like nonsense; however, we are not of the world, we are of the Spirit.
There are numerous places in Scriptures which state that Jesus is the creator of all things. This is difficult to comprehend because Genesis clearly reveals God as the creator. However, now that we know Jesus is the Word it’s a whole knew ballgame. “He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1: 2 & 3), and this, “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” (John 17: 5) Jesus, the Word, was with the Father in the beginning, before the world was. Not only was he with the Father, “All things came into being through Him…” Wait a minute, hold the presses, call in the fact checkers. I don’t see anything in Genesis that would indicate that Jesus was with the Father at the dawn of the creation. In as much as Jesus is the Word, let us take another look at first chapter of Genesis to see what really happened. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light…'” (verses 1 -3) “Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters…'” (6) “Then God said, ‘Let the waters below and heavens be gathered into one place…'” (9) “Then God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation…'” (11) “Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth living creatures…'” (24) “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…'” (26) From verse 26 we know that there were actually three at the creation, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. And how did God actually create all things, “Then God said.” God spoke the Word, and the Word, Jesus, went forth and created all things. Fact is, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1: 16 & 17)
Can we imagine a force so powerful that it was able to create all things? It wasn’t power, it was Word. “God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power...” (Hebrews 1: 1 – 3) Look at, “by the word of His power.” That doesn’t sound right, it should be, “the power of His word.” That would be true if God had not created all things by His Word. Can we see power? We can see the effects of power; however, the force that produces power is unseen. The Word, Jesus Christ, is the creator of power. Power was born through Word therefore is a stronger force that power. Power was derived from Word which explains why it is correct for our Lord to say, “the word of His power.” The Word is absolute power, “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4: 12) Try as I may I cannot accurately define, “the word of His power.” What’s astonishing the Father chose to give His followers “the word of His power,” when He gave us Word, the Bible, His Son, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Our Lord will not disappoint. The pursuit of the Word, will produce faith. Faith with action will reveal to the world, “the word of His power.” It’s been done before by Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and Rahab. “And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak. Samson. Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouth of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” (Hebrews 11: 32 – 34) Lets not forget the healings, miracles, and resurrections from the dead by Jesus and His disciples. If we want to witness “the word of His power” in today’s world all we have to do is see our brothers and sisters being slaughtered because of their faith in Christ. Can we imagine being pressed to make such a decision for Him. Only through “the word of His power” can we glorify our Lord by experiencing such an event.
Sanctification is a word we hear quite often in the Scriptures; however, the process of being sanctified, to be cleansed, to be pure is rarely mentioned in the halls of religion. Most believe the ticket to ever lasting life is being a church member, and as a result miss the blessings that are associated with sanctification. Truth is there is only one way to be sanctified, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” (John 17: 17) Not the words of men but the Word of God is what sanctifies us, and Jesus does not expect us to do anything He hasn’t already done. “For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.” (John 17: 19) Now if Jesus expects us to be sanctified by the word where did He get it from. Did He take classes, attend Bible studies, or watch videos to find the truth? No, of course not. He received truth from His Father. “…When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and I do nothing on My own initiative, but I speak these things as the Father taught Me.” (John 8: 28) Jesus received the word from His father, Who in turn gave it to His disciples, who gave it to us through their writings, the Bible. Yes, Jesus was the Son of God; however, it wasn’t simply because God said so. As God’s Son He obeyed the Father’s words even to the point of dying a horrible death on the cross. “Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 5: 8 – 10) Jesus was made perfect by the word of truth, and He expects us to be perfected, to be sanctified the same way He was. Our Lord wants us to know that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3: 16 – 17) So why were the Scriptures given to us? They were given so we would understand what we are doing wrong (reproof), so we might walk in such a manner that is pleasing to the Father (correction). Our Father wants us to understand these things so we might be trained in righteousness, just like Jesus was trained in righteousness, by the Father’s words. And why does He want us to be trained in righteousness? “…so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” Any time we take a job on earth we go through a training process. It is no different when it comes to working for our Father; however, in order for our training to take place we must first read the training manual, the Word. Unfortunately, “Concerning him (Melchizedek) we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. (Hebrews 5: 11 – 14)
Many will ask, “is it really necessary to read the Bible?” “All things have been handed over to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and any one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. (Luke 10: 22) Then there is this, “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me, and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. …If any one loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14: 21, 23 & 24) In answer to our question, is it really necessary to read the Bible? Only if we want the Son to reveal the Father to us. Only if we want Jesus to know that we love Him. Only if we want Jesus to disclose Himself to us. Only if we want the Father and the Son to make Their abode with us.
Probably the most important reason for us to read Scriptures is because, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.” (Matt 24:35) Remembering that His words will not pass away, let us consider the day of judgement, “…a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened;and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” (Rev. 20: 11 & 12) At the judgement we will be judged by the books that are opened and the book of life. We know that our names must appear in the book of life to inherit ever lasting life, but what are the other books that are opened? How about Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, “and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.” We’re going to be judged by the books of the Bible. After Jesus’ resurrection He appeared to His disciples. “Now He said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled. Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures…'” (Luke 24:44 & 45) If we seek the Word with all our being, He will indeed open our minds to understand the Scriptures.
In regards to Jesus being sanctified, we can see this being played out in Psalm 119. With 176 verses, it is the longest chapter in the Bible. In this chapter we see Jesus pleading with the Father for His word, His testimonies, His ordinances, His commandments. I do not have the words to reveal Jesus’ passion for the Father’s words. I am recording the first eight verses of Psalm 119 in this writing to illustrate our Lord’s words to our Father with the understanding that the last 168 verses are the same as the first eight verses. “How blessed are those whose way is blameless, Who walk in the law of the Lord. How blessed are those who observe His testimonies, Who seek Him with all their heart. They also do no unrighteousness;They walk in His ways. You have ordained your precepts, That we should keep them diligently. Oh that my ways may be established To keep Your statutes! Then I shall not be ashamed When I look upon all Your commandments. I shall give thanks to You with uprightness of heart, When I learn Your righteous judgments. I shall keep Your statutes; Do not forsake me utterly! (Psalm 119: 1 – 8) All the verses in Chapter 119 have one simple message, seek the Word and obey it.
Jesus wants us to be sanctified in the truth as He was sanctified. Now the question, where was Jesus when he was sanctified? Did it happen before He came to earth or after He was born on earth? When Jesus was twelve years old He was separated from his parents for three days. They found Him in the temple talking to the priests. His parents were not at all pleased because He had been missing for three days, “And he said to them, ‘Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?'” (Luke 2: 49) Later in life Jesus says, “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” (John 17: 5) From these passages we know that Jesus knew He was God’s Son from an early age. He also remembered being with the Father, “before the world was.” Jesus knew He had been with the Father from the beginning so surely He was sanctified before He was born on earth. No, sanctification came after coming to earth. Why would Jesus need sanctification if He was in the Spirit, without the influence of sin, prior to His birth. We are sanctified while living on earth so Jesus also had to receive sanctification while He was in the flesh. Remember, “He learned obedience through the things which He suffered.“ Christ became a man, He was in the flesh, and His Father required Him to learn obedience just like He does for us. He was obedient even to the point of dying a horrible death for our sins. It was His final act of sanctification which established His place at the right hand of the Father.
As we know, Jesus is the Word, the Holy Bible. Every time we hold the Bible we are holding Christ in our hands. We actually see Him in His purest form. Yes, Jesus is at the right hand of the Father, but He left Himself with us so we might know Him, and have eternal life here on earth. “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus whom You have sent.” (John 17: 3) Eternal life doesn’t begin when we die. Eternal life begins when we know the Word. As the Word then sanctifies us, we are to serve Him in the Word of His Power.
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