The Living Word:
The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Earth
Bible Version Used: New American Standard Bible, Ver. 1978 and 1995 update
In the beginning God created all of creation by a word (Genesis 1). For early man the creation was the word of God as Romans 1:20 said: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Gradually through the ages the written word of God gained preeminence. At the same time the spoken word came forth from the mouth of prophets and Kings like Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zachariah. They spoke a Word that was both creative and predictive.
Hebrews 11:3 states: “By faith we understand that the ages were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible”. The prophets, through an anointing from God, were able to create by speaking the pure word of God. The prophets collectively spoke of the coming of the Messiah almost exclusively. Jesus knew this. He told the religious leaders of his time: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me;” (John 5:39). The entire Old Testament spoke of the coming Christ.
God also prepared the written Word. However the written Word was not sufficient in itself because man’s religious nature made the Word into doctrine and dogma. Paul said: “for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life” (2 Corinthians 3:6). Then God took His Spirit and His life and wrapped them up in human flesh, Jesus Christ. “the Word was made flesh” (John 1:14).
John explains it clearly: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus the Word] 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. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1-5).
Jesus was the “living word”. He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus spoke but not mere words. He said: “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life (John 6:63). Human words convey ideas, emotions or knowledge but Jesus’ words conveyed life. Whereas human words are understood on an intellectual level Jesus words move beyond the mind and convey spirit.
This is important because God is a spirit and one cannot communicate with God except through the spirit. Jesus told the woman at the well: “But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him. GOD IS A SPIRIT: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).
However the coming of Christ in the flesh was not the ultimate purpose of God. The Head of the Body (Christ) is glorified, but His spiritual Body is yet to be glorified with the same glory. This must begin now in this present age. We are His Body (John 17:14–24). The living Word began with the incarnation of Christ in human form, but it does not end there. Christ was the expression of God the Father to man of Himself, in order that we might receive the Word in our flesh. God wants us to become the living Word also. Let the Word be made flesh in us.
We are to be epistles (letters) of Christ, read and known of all men (II Corinthians 3:2–3). God’s Word is to be written in our minds and in our hearts. Hebrews says: “FOR THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MINDS, AND I WILL WRITE THEM UPON THEIR HEARTS. AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE” (V. 8:10; Jeremiah 31:34).
This is the Bible that the world is to read. The written Bible is primarily to the believer, with little addressed to the unbeliever. However, as living epistles, we are to be read and known of all men. Paul said: “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on tablets of human hearts” (2 Co 3:2-3).
The Word manifests itself today in Christ’s many membered body. “For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God and not from ourselves;” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7). The treasure is the Word of god and the nature of Christ.
We can understand the fullness of God in Christ, but now we must begin to understand that the same fullness is also in us. “And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me” (John 17:22–23). We are His fullness and He is our fullness. We are complete in Him. “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all” (Eph 1:22-23). “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority” (Colossians 2:9-10).
What God is saying is that we shall become like Christ with the same “living word” and all authority as God is bringing many Sons to glory. “For whom He foreknew, He also PREDESTINED TO BECOME CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified” (Romans 8:29-30). “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings” (Hebrews 2:10).
This living word is to have far reaching implications for as God made creation through a spoken word so shall the same word create the kingdom of God on earth [on earth as it is in heaven, Mt 6:10]. This living Word will be revealed to and judge satanic principalities and powers in the heavenly places (Ephesians 3:10). “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph 6:12).
The living word is powerful and piercing. “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. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
This is the cutting edge (or should be) of all Christians today. We must be those vessels carrying the living word of Christ who has all authority in heaven and earth.