Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | June 17, 2007

Does the Word of God Possess Power? (Lesson 1: Question 6 Answer)

6.  Do you believe that the word of God possesses power?  Why or Why not?

The word of God does possess the “power to convince and covert sinners, to comfort and build up believers unto salvation.” 7 We are told that “faith comes by hearing the word of Christ” (equivalent to God (Rom 10:17)), which consists of the Gospel.  It is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16).  It is “living and active sharper than two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of the soul and spirit of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb 4:12).  The word of God is the means by which humanity, entrenched in sin, misery and rebellion against their Creator, are brought from the death that they deserve into everlasting life.

When spoken the word of God brought forth the creation out of nothing, forming mountains, valleys, rivers and ocean, and developed with meticulous care the intricate complexities of molecules, atoms and living creatures.  These examples are all demonstrations of its unfathomable power.  Likewise, it is also that which brings life to spiritually dead man (we will elaborate on this in the next Lesson).  The Scriptures are then a collection of the direct word’s that God has communicated to man on earth.  What a privilege it is to have access to this: the very words of the Creator of the universe telling us of the wonderful plan He employed to save us.  This is the source of God’s will, which we cannot find anywhere else.  We become familiar with it primarily by hearing it preached in Church on Sunday, then by other studies and helps during the week or personnel reading of it.

7 Westminster Larger Catechism Question and Answer 4 (1643)


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