The Word: Pt 3

In our quest for spiritual clarity, we often return to the foundational questions about the nature of the Word of God. Is it merely text on a page, or is it something—or someone—much more profound? In Christianity, the "Word of God" refers both to the Scriptures and to Jesus Christ Himself. The Bible serves as God's written message to humanity, while Jesus embodies the Word made flesh, revealing God’s character and will through His life, death, and resurrection.

When it comes to preaching, the dilemma isn’t just about choosing between Christ and the words of the Gospel; it's about ensuring that every sermon breathes the spirit behind these words. The Gospel is not merely for biblical interpretation; it is a dynamic, living reality meant to be experienced and enacted in our lives. This reality is rooted in the Spirit of Jesus, guiding us away from using scripture to harm, oversimplify, or disconnect from the needs of today’s world.

The Importance of Interpretation in the Spirit of the Living Word: Why is it so critical to interpret the written Word through the lens of the Living Word, Jesus? The Bible, when weaponized, dumbed down, or made irrelevant, loses its power to transform lives and reflect God’s love. Instead, it should be a source of life, wisdom, and guidance that points us consistently toward Christ's example and teachings.

The essence of today's message is that God's Word requires a response—an "answering-word" from us. From believers to non-believers, God has spoken to all through both Scripture and His Son, calling everyone into a loving relationship defined by faith and obedience. The real question then becomes, "Will we respond to God?" Our answer should be one of faith, trust, and a commitment to carry our cross, aided by the written Word.

Scriptures like Colossians 3:16-17 and Hebrews 4:12-13 remind us that God's Word is not passive; it is "living and active," capable of transforming us. We are called to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly, guiding our words and deeds so that in all things we might act in the name of Jesus, embodying His love and righteousness.

Faith is our answering-word to God's call. It is through faith that we lay ourselves open to God, allowing His Word to penetrate our hearts and minds, guiding us to live authentically in alignment with His will. As we engage daily with the Scriptures, we allow the Holy Spirit to mold our thoughts, intentions, and actions according to God’s purposes.

Ultimately, Christianity is not just about adhering to the words on a page but about entering into a relationship with Jesus, the Living Word. He is our Lord and Savior, the one through whom salvation comes—not the text itself. The Bible directs us to Him, teaches us His ways, and helps us understand our place in God’s grand narrative of redemption and love.

In embracing both the Written and the Living Word, we open ourselves to the transformative power of God’s truth, living out the gospel not just in word but in every action of our daily lives. Let us be people of the Word, embodying the love, grace, and truth of Jesus Christ in everything we do.

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