the word

John explains the coming of Jesus this way in his Gospel narrative: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 NIV)

What are the implications of Jesus being the Word of God dwelling among us?

To answer that question we must simply examine the Scripture to see what the Word of God accomplishes in our lives when we give it the proper place of reverence and influence.

When we take the time to look we see that the Word is food that feeds us spiritually. The idea of Matthew 4:4 is that just as we must have food to survive physically, so we must have spiritual sustenance to survive spiritually. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 that if we will open the door of our heart to him he will come in and bring a banquet feast with him.

Luke 8:11 tells us “The seed is the word of God.” The obvious inference of this passage is that if we are going to flourish spiritually then we must plant the right seed in our lives. David tells us the same in Psalm 1 when he says that those who plant the Word in their life shall prosper in whatever they do.

The writer of the book of Hebrews (4:12) tells us that the Word is like a surgeon’s scalpel that cuts away everything that is diseased and infected so that true healing, both spiritual and emotional, can occur in our lives.

One last example, and there are many others in Scripture, is found in Matthew’s Gospel (7:24, 25). There we are told that the Word is a firm foundation on which we can build our lives. So strong is this foundation that even if tornado-like circumstances come into our lives (and they will come on occasion) we will not be destroyed.

The biblical account says that Jesus came as a baby born in humble surroundings and that is how we must receive him: “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow.” (1 Peter 2:2 NASB)


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