One of the greatest gifts God has ever given mankind is His written Word. His Word has numerous blessings for us. Please consider the following descriptions given by the Holy Spirit to illustrate the various benefits of this priceless gift. It is seed (Mk. 4:4 cf. 4:14) through which one is born again (1 Pet. 1:23). As plant seed has potential for plant life, the Word of God has the potential of imparting eternal life. This is why God's Word is also known as the word of life (Phil. 2:16). His Word not only imparts life, but it also sustains life! As a living plant is sustained by periodic waterings and food derived from the soil, God's Word is likened unto water (Eph. 5:26) and food (Mt. 4:4). More specifically, it is both milk and solid food (Heb. 5:12-14). In fact, as newborn babies crave milk, we are to crave pure spiritual milk, so that we can grow up in our salvation (1 Pet. 2:2). This word translated crave in the Greek means: earnestly desire greatly; greatly long after; intensely crave or lust. We are to keep a continuous appetite for God's Word to insure spiritual growth, which is commanded (1 Pet. 2:2)!
God's Word is also life and health (Prov. 4:22). This word rendered health can also be translated medicine; cure, deliverance or remedy. God's Word has a positive effect on our spirits, souls and bodies, just like medicine does in the natural to a sick body.
Furthermore, God's Word is enduring (1 Pet. 1:23), eternal (Mt. 24:35), flawless (2 Sam. 22:31; Psa. 18:30) and pure (Psa. 12:6). Regarding its purity, we read:
"And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times" (Psa. 12:6).
In other words, God's Word is perfectly pure and free of the slightest flaw!
It is also living (Heb. 4:12). In fact, as a living force, God's Word is at work in Christians (1 Thess. 2:13)! How is it working in us? It impedes our sinning (Psa. 119:9-11) and sanctifies us (Jn. 17:17). With all this in mind, is it any wonder why our adversary, the devil, tries to greatly hinder our personal time in God's Word?
The Bible doesn't just contain the Word of God, it IS the Word of God! Jesus taught that every minute detail will be fulfilled (Mt. 5:18). It is truth (Jn. 17:17) and cannot be broken (Jn. 10:35). It is the ultimate source of truth on whatever it refers to, not just spiritual things. In fact, it is even called "the word of truth" whereby we have been given birth (Jam. 1:18).
His written Word is "more certain" than His audible Word (2 Pet. 1:19)! (What incredible assurance of truth the Bible offers.) The early church believed the final court of appeal and our absolute standard of truth is God's written Word, not some man-made creed or confession (2 Tim. 3:16,17). Scripture has been given for correction, doctrine, training in righteousness and reproof. This word, Scripture, in the Greek is Graphe and means: document or writings. In other words, His written Word is the objective standard for truth that He has given mankind. This means that if a dream, vision, prophecy, teaching, testimony, experience, etc. is in contradiction to His written Word, it CANNOT be from the same source as His written Word, since God could never contradict Himself. We are to test everything (1 Thess. 5:21) and everyone (1 Jn. 4:1) with the Bible.
Furthermore, Jesus declared that His very own words will be the basis of judgment for all who reject Him and will condemn them (Jn. 12:48). See also Rom. 2:2. In these terrible times (2 Tim. 3:1) with things taught by demons (1 Tim. 4:1) and many being deceived by false prophets and false teachers (Mt. 24:11,24; 2 Pet. 2:1.), we MUST stick like the proverbial glue to the message of the Bible to be safe. This should give us all added incentive to learn the Bible and hold on to its eternal truths.
Like the blood of Christ, which alone can wash away our sins, the Word of God enables mankind to enter God's Paradise Kingdom, for through God's Word we can learn His plan of salvation (2 Tim. 3:15). Peter was right in believing that Jesus had the words of eternal life (Jn. 6:68). This, obviously, is the ultimate benefit that can be derived from learning God's Word. There are, however, many other derived benefits. Knowledge on any given subject mentioned is promised (Psa. 119:105,130). If only we would learn to first go to our Creator's handbook for successful living, many of life's woes would never come! For example, one reason Proverbs was written was to impart wisdom in dealing with people. We are specifically told that meditation in and obedience to God's Word is the key to success and prosperity, from God's perspective (Josh. 1:8). Besides imparting knowledge, God's Word will cause us to live meaningful Christian lives here by bringing forth fruit (Psa. 1:1-4), which He requires from us (Lk. 13:6-9; Jn. 15:1-8).
Job was one of the most righteous in Old Testament times (Ezek. 14:14). This man's attitude towards God's Word is exemplary. Notice how he valued the Word of God:
"I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread" (Job. 23:12b).
One with a true understanding of God's Word will regard it as precious or "treasured" as Job said! This righteous man's attitude can be contrasted to the backslidden in heart, who refused to repent in Jeremiah's day:
"... The word of the LORD is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it" (Jer. 6:10c).
God's Word can cut our hearts like a sword (Heb. 4:12), since it is spirit (Jn. 6:63), as was the case in Jeremiah's day. Peter found the same to be true when he preached the Word of God to the sinful who were "cut to the heart" (Acts 2:37). This word cut in the Greek means: pierce thoroughly! They were hurt by God's sharp, double-edged sword of the Spirit, which brought their true, spiritual condition to light, before they repented and got saved. See 2 Cor. 7:10.
The Word of God in the lips of a faithful Christian has much potential in the lives of many. (In other words, your life can benefit others eternally.) This, in part, is why the devil will send trouble or persecution our way when we decide to live by and speak His truth (Mk. 4:17). Because of this trouble or persecution, some have "fall[en] away" after they believed for a while (Lk. 8:13). The devil will send adversity because God's Word ruins his kingdom of deception and bondage. He also steals the Word of God away from the hearts of those who hear the truth and reject it (Mt. 13:19)! All of the aforementioned should prove, beyond doubt, that we should tremble at His Word (Isa. 66:2) because of its powerful effects, which will stretch into eternity for us all.
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