“The Bible is shallow enough for a child not to drown, yet deep enough for an elephant to swim.” ~ Augustine
We all know there’s just something about that Name, the Name of Jesus- but how do we know? Because there’s just something about that Word.
The Word is alive and it’s the Word that separates God from other religions and all other gods.
The Word is sharper than any sword- it divides, heals, convicts, proves, hardens hearts and soften hearts and it’s the Word that is believed. It’s also the Word that is ignored, misused, mis-characterized, misinterpreted and misquoted. It’s been scrutinized, judged, banned, burned and trivialized and yet the Word still endures. The Word is truth, in all places for all time; the Word is eternal and is final. All of creation was spoken by It and the Word became flesh.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
When we say there’s something about the Name of Jesus, we’re also saying there’s something about the Word.
Matthew Henry said of the Word, “Where the Word of God has no place, no good is to be expected; room is left there for all wickedness. A sick person who turns from his physician, and will take neither remedies nor food, is past the hope of recovery. The truth both heals and nourishes the hearts of those who receive it. The truth taught by philosophers has not this power and effect, but only the truth of God.”
The Bible mentions “The Word” more than 800 times. There are over 600 references in the Old Testament of the spoken Word of God, and in the New Testament Jesus often quotes The Word, His Word, reiterating how important His Word is to us because it’s Truth.
In the Old Testament Word is spoken through the prophets, telling of the time when the Word would come in the flesh, and the fulfilling of those prophecies shows the Word is Faithful and True. The New Testament tells of when the Word will come again, dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and His Name is the Word of God.
To claim the Name of Jesus but not know His Word is to not know Jesus. It’s only when we Know His Word, that we know our Lord. A.W. Tozer put it this way, “The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.”
I love Sundays on the Porch because the Word is taught and received from all over the continent, always drawing us closer to Him. His Word knows no boundaries. His Word is truth, faithful and His showing of Himself to those who take time to read it and study it. The more we read it, the more we see the incredible Love He has for us, and the more we read it, the more we can learn to love Him. There’s just something about His Name, and His Word.
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