Define: Word of God

Having laid our foundational tenets that God is Lord, and the attributes of His lordship are control, authority, and presence among us, we’ve also established that God reveals Himself. And when God reveals Himself it is as LORD.

Now we’ll look at how God speaks to us. It is only when we grasp His Lordship, that we can understand how God speaks to us, then discern what He is saying.  A natural question that arises is: “What does the phrase ‘Word of God’ actually mean?”

In these articles I desire that you see what I mean as I write about the word of God. Now yes, the Bible is God’s Word, but the Word of God is more than just the Bible.  Because God doesn’t just speak to us in the Bible, He also speaks to us through creation [Psalm 19:1; Romans 1]. At times God speaks to people from heaven, or in a burning bush, or in a dream. We cannot believe that Jesus only spoke the red-letter words in the gospels, for surely there was more to His comments and teachings than are recorded in the gospels. In fact John the Apostle says so… Jesus also did many other things. If they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” [John 21:25]

So, here’s the thing. We need a much larger definition of “word of God” than just the Bible. And, this definition should show there is a relationship between God’s word and His Lordship. I read one definition a few years back and think it captures the concept I’m trying to teach.

God’s word is His powerful, authoritative self-expression.

You can easily see how this definition fits with the tenets of God’s Lordship. Look how His power reveals He is in control, authoritative reveals His authority, and self-expression reveals His presence here and now.  Over the next few articles we’ll look at each of these three points of interest in more detail.

First, God’s word is powerful.

The Word of God reveals, communicates, illuminates, and illustrates all that God would have us know about Him. For example Scripture teaches that God created the world by speaking (His word).

Psalm 33:6-9
The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created.
He breathed the word, and all the stars were born.
He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs.
Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him.
For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.

When we talked about God’s providence, it was in the context that God controls the world comprehensively for both the evil people and the good people of humanity. So, for instance how does God control the weather and the seasons on earth? Yes, you guessed it, by speaking His word.

Psalm 147:15-18
He sends his orders to the world—how swiftly his word flies!
He sends the snow like white wool; he scatters frost upon the ground like ashes.
He hurls the hail like stones. Who can stand against his freezing cold?
Then, at his command, it all melts. He sends his winds, and the ice thaws.

So God, by His word, created the world, and by His word, He controls the world. In the New Testament it says that when God’s word in the Gospel is preached, it is not just communication, but it is also POWER.

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.


1 Thessalonians 1:5
… because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction.

Here are a few other resource scriptures to see God’s word is powerful: Jeremiah 23:29; Ephesians 6:17; Isaiah 49:2. But maybe my all-time favorite regarding the Word of God and it’s power, is Isaiah 55:11.

So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

We should never take the Word of God for granted by treating it like just another abstract textbook of instructional do’s and don’ts. When a person ignores it, or just listens to it being read but they are disobedient in their hearts, just like Israel, they will become hardened against God’s word.

On the other hand, if we could respond like the young prophet named Samuel, when He heard God’s voice, Samuel simply said, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears.” When a person reads/hears this Word and receives and applies this Word, God’s power will be in your life, and on your behalf, and will do in you and around you exactly what God intends (Isaiah 55:11 above).


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The Least Little Shimmer

Daily Post: Shimmer


It doesn’t look like the earth is curved to me, but then my sight is limited to about 3 miles, on my best days.  According to scientist, human visual acuity ranges far beyond that.  If earth were flat, and we were on the top of a mountain, a person could see a candle flame flickering up to 30 miles away.  The distance a human eye can see is based on how many particles of light (or photons) a distant object emits.  The stars in this image, seen clearly on the beach are 2.6 million light-years from Earth.  The Andromeda galaxy’s stars in total emit enough light that several thousand photons hit each square centimeter of Earth every second, that’s more than enough to excite our retinas.

Now just imagine the human eye’s visual acuity as a metaphor for spiritual awareness.  The spiritual darkness on this planet is at an all-time high.  It requires more light to penetrate this malevolent murkiness and the forces which blind human eyes to God’s love, mercy and grace.  John the apostle wrote of Jesus coming into the world using the imagery of light.

John 1:6-9
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John.  He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him.  He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.  There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

Were we to have John’s experience today, we might say, “please don’t look at me, look instead at the light I bear, for it is the light of Truth, given to me by Jesus.  I’m not the LIGHT, I only testify about the LIGHT.”  And if we were to do this today, we would only be fulfilling what Jesus commands of us, just as He did those listening on the hillside thousands of years ago.  Then the LIGHT rang true in the many stories, parables, and lessons which Jesus shared with the crowds who followed Him.

Matthew 5:14-16
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

At a time when the church, the collective of true Christ-followers around the world need to be united, in many ways today we reflect more dullness than light.  The church has been infiltrated with the same contemptuous attitudes that prevail on the nightly news and newspaper headlines.  The LIGHT of the gospel of Jesus, once bright and shining across the seas, has waned into a shimmer in comparison to the growing darkness.

Now I bring you hope.  Today I offer you encouragement.  Think again about the facts of light and the visual acuity of the human eye.  If the eye can see candle-light from 30 miles away, then the heart can see truth when it is standing right in from of them!  Don’t be discouraged that you may be the only light at your workplace!  Don’t give up hope for those who live in your home, who need to see the light.  Just BE who Jesus tells you to be! “You are the light of the world!”

Even the smallest, the least little shimmer of light that you bear in Jesus name, has the POWER to banish the darkness and bring truth to the heart which seeks God!  It has always been true and it remains true today!

Be like the Paul the apostle, don’t hide your light, but speak it boldly, live it confidently, and watch God be glorified!

Romans 1:16
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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