Summary: The power of God’s Word to change lives goes far beyond anything we can imagine.
THE POWER OF THE WORD
The story’s told of a South Sea Islander who rescued a wounded G.I. during WWII. While the G.I. was recovering, the Islander proudly displayed his Bible to the G.I. He explained how he’d received it as a present from a missionary just a few years before. The soldier said, “O, I’ve outgrown that sort of thing.”
The native smiled curiously and said, “Well, it’s a good thing we haven’t, because if it weren’t for this book, you’d be our dinner.”
The power of God’s Word to change lives goes far beyond anything we can imagine. It has changed lives and civilizations for thousands of years, and yet, every generation gives rise to those who deny its truth even while multitudes can’t resist it.
Today we come to the classic text on the power of the Word of God found in Hebrews 4:12-13. Our scripture begins, “For the word of God is living and powerful.” Now is a fitting time to reflect again on what it says and means.
Hebrews 4:12 begins with “for” or “therefore” which ties what follows with what the author said previously about the consequences of Israel’s disobedience. The author wants us to get it through our thick heads that Israel’s awful tragedy can strike us as well.
Today I want you to see with me Four Reasons Why We Should Not Disregard the Word of God!
First, It is a Living Word (v. 12a)
“For the word of God is living…”
The Bible, the word of God, is unlike any other book you have in your home or in the library. The Library of Congress lays claim to being the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts. Yet, among all these volumes the only ones that can lay claim to being alive and powerful are copies of the Bible. This places the Bible in a unique category all to itself.
The Greek word “zon” means “living”, and as it’s written, it’s meant to be emphasized. The word of God is not a dead letter, but as the word of the living God, it cannot fail to be living.
As the living word, it continues through each age with compelling relevance. “Gipsy Smith told of a man who said he had received no inspiration from the Bible although he had “gone through it several times.”
Smith replied, “It’s good that you’ve gone through the Word. Now if you’ll allow the Word to go through you just once “then you will tell a different story!” [source unknown - www.bible.org/illus/Bible (application)]
The Word of God is not only a living word but,
Secondly, It is a Powerful Word.¬ Verse 12 says, “For the word of God is living and powerful.” The word translated “powerful” (energes) is the word from which we get energy and energetic. The word literally means “at work.”