God’s Living Word

God’s Living Word

Bill Britton

GOD AND HIS WORD

The Lord has been dealing with me as I have been meditating on Him. He has been speaking to me about the word of God. What does God have to say about His word? What makes it a living word? What is the importance of God’s word, especially to us today?

In Hebrews 4:9-12 we read: “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of god….” Here in verses 11 and 12, the writer of Hebrews connects unbelief with the word of God. Without the word of God, there isn’t much operation of a spirit of unbelief. Unbelief comes into existence because of the word of God. If you are full of unbelief, it’s the word of God you don’t believe. You can have your opinion about me, whether you like me or not, believe me or not, and that isn’t particularly unbelief. But, when you don’t believe the word of God that is unbelief.

THE WORD IS ALIVE

Hebrews 4 goes on to say: “For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The word of God is quick – that means alive. It doesn’t mean fast, it means alive. A lot of people set themselves up as being judges of the word of God. They want to judge the word. We don’t judge the word of God, the word of God judges us. We do judge prophecy as it comes forth, to determine whether it is a word from God. If it is a word from God, then we believe what the Lord says. We judge prophecy to see whether the word is from man, the enemy, or a word from God.

The word of God was first spoken by God himself. Genesis 1 says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then it talks about the void, and the spirit of God moving upon the face of the deep.

Gen. 1:3 says: “And God said let there be light, and there was light.” Nine times the phrase occurs “And God said….” The fact of God speaking is important to the writer of Hebrews and this book will be the most important book in dealing with the subject of the Word of God.

THE WORD AND THE WORLDS

The book of Hebrews was written to a people who claimed to believe the word of God. It was the living word of God, which was among them, and that they were beginning to drift away from. The early church was drifting back into the old covenant and old order of that which was passing away. Therefore, the writer of Hebrews was dealing with them very strongly on this word of God. In Heb. 11:1-3 it says: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Now notice that faith did not create the world. Yet, through faith, we understand that the word of God framed the worlds. The word of God brought into existence all the things that we see. Everything that the world would say has substance, came into being by the word of God.

No physical being or substance created this world. It was the invisible word of God that created the universe. In Psalms 33:6-9 we read: “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as a heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” So we see that God’s spoken word brought into existence everything that we see with our eyes. We were not created and brought into existence only by a mother and father. There was something behind that. They and the life substance that was in them was brought into existence in the beginning by the word of God.

THE WORD IS STEADFAST

In Heb. 2:1-3 we read: “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every

transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; …” Here we can see that there was a word spoken by the angels. God sent his angels to speak judgment on the city of Sodom. The word spoken by the angels was steadfast, as fire from heaven fell upon that city. It could not be turned aside or avoided. God made it steadfast.

In Exodus 31:18 it says: “And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” Here were the tables of stone written with the finger of God. By God’s finger came a word to the children of Israel of the covenant that God was making with them. If they would keep his commandments they would be a blessed people upon the face of the earth. This covenant also had responsibilities and judgments if Israel failed to live up to them. It was the word of God to Israel in Moses’ day.

INSPIRED SCRIPTURE

The word of God was also written on parchment. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read that all scripture is given by inspiration of God. Scripture is that which is written upon script. Men of God wrote the word upon parchment. The word that came by men of God of old, did not come by their own volition or will. It came when the Holy Ghost moved upon them.

In 2 Peter 1:20 it says: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The Holy Ghost moved upon men to speak and to write the scriptures, which were to be the guideline for Israel to walk by in days to come. This word was given by the Holy Ghost.

JESUS AND THE PROPHETS

Hebrews 1:1 says: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets….” In past times and in different ways God spoke through the prophets the word of God. In 1 Kings 17:1-2 we read this: “And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, as the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.” Notice that the word of God did not have to come through a Levite or one of the sons of Aaron. God could use whomsoever He chose to bring His word. Every word spoken by the prophets through the anointing of the Holy Ghost stood fast and could not be broken.

In 1 Samuel it says that from a child Samuel was anointed of God and the word of the Lord came to him. God so watched over the child Samuel as a prophet of God that He made sure the words spoken in prophecy was the true word of the Lord and He would not let any of those words fall to the ground. God backed up everything Samuel said until all Israel came to know that Samuel was a prophet of God.

In Amos 3:7-8 we read: “Surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?” When God’s word comes to His servants, that word spoken by God into that vessel is not to be retained in that vessel. It is to be given forth as a warning or exhortation or blessing or ministry of life for His people. The Lord has spoken, who can but prophesy!

One time Jeremiah got into so much trouble relating to God’s people, what God had given to him, that he said he would not speak in the name of the Lord any more. Yet the word of God kept coming to him, and not having any release from it, it started to burn in him like a fire burning in his bones. He could not keep silent. He had to give the word of the Lord.

GOD SPEAKS TO US

Hebrews 1:2 says that in these last days God has spoken to us by his Son. The word of the Lord was spoken by the son of God. Hebrews it goes on to say that “if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by those that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own

will?” The gospel of the kingdom was spoken by the Lord and then was confirmed unto us by those that heard Him.

Jesus said in Matthew 24 that this gospel of the kingdom must be preached throughout all the world as a witness and then shall the end come. If you believe that just because some denomination or cult or a Catholic church that built monasteries in Tibet, constitutes the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached, you are sadly mistaken. This gospel that Jesus preached must also be preached in all the world as a testimony to all people before the end comes. Hallelujah! Those who try to feed us the “any moment escape” story that the end is going to come any hour and any moment, can in no way prove that the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached throughout all the world. This word must be spoken by those who hear him. You must hear the gospel that Jesus preaches.

Some people may say that they are not living in the day that Jesus lived in. But you ARE living in His day. You CAN hear him. He IS speaking today just as he was speaking in the New Testament. He is alive today, He’s not dead. He speaks to us from heaven.

Hebrews 12:25 says: “See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.” Don’t think that just because Jesus was crucified, that He isn’t still speaking. He has been resurrected and is on the right hand of the Father and He speaks from the heavens. He is still being heard today. If you can hear Him, then you are also to preach this word throughout all the world as a testimony. This gospel of the kingdom must be preached in all the world.

WRITTEN ON OUR HEARTS

This word of God is not only spoken by the Lord Jesus, but it’s being written upon the hearts of men and manifested in flesh once again upon the earth. Jesus himself was a manifestation of the living word of God when He was on earth. Let me read to you from the book of Hebrews 8:8-11: “…Behold, the days come saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when

I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt: because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” Why? Because the word of God is being written on the hearts, desires and very life structure of His people under a new covenant. No longer will it be the finger of God written on stone, which are the laws we must come under or be judged. But, the word will be written upon our hearts and minds so we will think with the mind of Christ, have His desires, and walk the life of Christ on this earth. With this kind of living, then we won’t have to teach people how to live because our very nature and structure of our lives will be the will and word of God.

2 Cor. 3:2 says: “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.” We are that word that is written, not upon tables of stone, but you are the word of God presented to the world as God’s expression to the world that this is what He wants His people to be. You are the manifestation of God’s purpose and His will.

This word of God was spoken by the invisible God. It was written by His finger upon tables of stone. It was spoken by the prophets. It was written on parchment. It was spoken by Jesus himself. It was spoken by the apostles and the New Testament preachers and saints. Now more than this, it’s being written into the very life and fiber of our lives until we are becoming that which He has spoken of throughout the Book. The whole Bible is written about the body of Christ. It’s written about Jesus who came to take lost mankind and build and structure them into a house that God can come and live in. That’s what the word of God is all about. When you become that habitation of God, that living epistle, then you are that which the Lord has written about through the prophets and through the Lord Jesus himself. Hallelujah!

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