The Two Edged Sword
The Powerful, Authoritative Word of God
Chapter 1 - Jesus as the Living Word of God
by Diane Jurino
Christ as the Living Word of God
John 1:1-3 "In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by
him; and without him was not any thing made that was made."
Jesus Christ is the living Word of
almighty God Himself. He is God, always was, and always will be. He
never changes. He spoke the entire creation into being with the mere
words of His mouth. He was also the Word of God incarnated into human
form, so that He could bring redemption and enlightenment to His people
when they rebelled and transgressed the commandments.
The Lord established both the heavens and
the earth merely by speaking them into existence. He created all life
forms with His very own words spoken in power and authority. He had
confidence that what He uttered would actually come into being. His
infinite wisdom told Him what to speak and when to speak it, so there
was peace, order and stability in all that He envisioned.
The entire universe resulted from God's
fathomless imagination and spoken words. He had a master plan to fill
the void and darkness that surrounded Him with an environment that was
teeming with life and vitality. The heavens He created to be His abode,
and He filled them with celestial beings called angels, but the earth
was fashioned to be the dwelling of His masterpiece.
Psalm 148:5-6 "Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded,
and they were created.
He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree
which shall not pass."
God created man in His very own image and
likeness to be His companion for all of eternity. We are the highlight
of His design genius. We are spirit beings in human form that resemble
our Creator in every way. We have His divine attributes and
characteristics inherent in each of us. Man is a spirit that has a soul
(comprised of a mind, will and emotions) and lives in a body.
The first man was formed from the dust of
the earth and placed in a literal paradise in the Garden of Eden. The
Lord gave him a mate, and assigned Adam and Eve authority over all of
creation. He told them to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth
with all good things. Human beings were originally meant to live
forever in an intimate relationship with almighty God Himself.
However, the first man and woman
transgressed God's command to avoid one specific tree. They were
tempted of Satan, a fallen angel, and ate of its fruit even though the
Lord had specifically forbidden that. As a result, they lost their
birthright; were banished from paradise; and forfeited dominion ever the
earth to the devil. They were sentenced to spiritual and physical
Although our progenitors were surely
contrite, the Lord could do nothing to reverse their circumstances. His
favor was contingent on their total obedience. Adam and Eve lost God's
trust when they sinned, and He was compelled to dole out appropriate
punishment. The wages of sin are death – plain and simple. Any form of
evil, wickedness or rebellion separates us from our God.
Psalm 36:3 "The words of his mouth [are] iniquity and deceit: he hath
left off to be wise, [and] to do good."
Satan was extremely jealous of mankind,
because the Lord gave us all of His attention and favor. He plotted and
schemed until he knew that he had our ancestors at a disadvantage. He
purposely misled the first woman into defying almighty God and she fell
for his trap. She also convinced her husband that nothing bad would
ever happen to either of them if they were disobedient.
The devil enticed Adam and Eve with
flattering words that promised them that they would be like God if they
ate the forbidden fruit. Unfortunately, they bought into his lies and
deception, and were severely punished as a result. They were forced
into hard labor to sustain themselves and banished from the Garden of
Eden forever. They were defeated by iniquity and overcome with their
The enemy continued his evil influence in
the lives of their descendants, to the point that the Lord even had to
destroy all of mankind in the floods of Noah's day. Men were committed
to wickedness and deliberately rebelled against God. There was a
division between man and His Creator that was never intended to be.
However, the Lord had a perfect plan in place for the redemption of His
5:19 "To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto
himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed
unto us the word of reconciliation."
He knew that men were frail and
susceptible to temptation and sin, and that He would always be separated
from them if things continued as they were. He would have to intervene
on their behalf and take on their sin, as if it were His very own.
There is no other way that anyone could be made righteous again. The
penalty for sin is death, and it had to be paid by someone in its
The Lord sent the living Word of God –
His only beloved Son, Jesus Christ – to this world to redeem all of
mankind from their sin guilt and teach them His way of doing things.
Christ was divine in all respects, but He voluntarily took on a human
form, so that He could be like us in every way. He did not come here to
condemn us, but rather, to save us from all our sins once and for all
Jesus took on all our evil and iniquity
and the curse that went with it, and actually became sin for us. He
suffered, died and was buried, so that we would not have to endure the
same fate. He also rose again from the dead as the firstborn of many
souls that would be made perfect. Because of His love and obedience,
all of mankind was set free to inherit eternal life and all of its many
With His victory over sin, death and the
grave, our Lord and Savior restored us to right standing with God, so
that there is no longer a separation between us. He also took back all
power and authority from Satan, the enemy of our souls. We have
dominion over all things on the earth returned to us once again. We are
more than conquerors through Christ, and we can rule and reign in this
Jesus Spoke the Words of God
Luke 4:2-4 "Being forty days tempted
of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were
ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be
the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus
answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word of God."
Jesus was like us in every way. He was
tempted of the devil and had to fast and pray to hear from the Father,
so that He would be totally victorious. Satan used words of deception
to persuade Jesus to exceed His earthly authority, but the Lord had a
quick and ready response for him. He quoted the Holy Scriptures and
invoked the inherent power in the Word of God.
Christ knew that His Father would not
ever leave or forsake Him. He was convinced that all of His needs would
be met in abundance. However, He also was obedient to the test that was
posed to Him. He did not succumb to the temptation to take matters in
His own hands and be baited by Satan. He used the Word of almighty God
Himself as a weapon of spiritual warfare.
He defeated the enemy with divine power
and authority and silenced all arguments. Jesus later made an open show
of Satan at Calvary, and took back full dominion over the earth with His
victory over sin, death and the grave. He gave it back to His followers
who believe in Him and walk in His ways. We can now walk in divine
power and authority through His efforts.
However, we need to learn to speak God's
Word to defend ourselves against all temptation to sin, as well. There
is inherent power and authority in the Word that dispels all darkness
and defeats all iniquity. If we say what God says in all situations and
circumstances, we will overcome the world, our flesh and the devil. We
will rule and reign now in this life and for all eternity.
John 8:26 "I
have many things to say and to judge of you: but he that sent me is
true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him."
Jesus did not come to condemn mankind,
but to redeem us from all iniquity and give us life in abundance to the
overflow. He came to teach us God's ways and to share eternal truths
with us, so that we could be victorious in this world and in the Kingdom
to come. He only spoke what the Father told Him to say. His words were
not His own. However, they were light and life to all those who heard
them, and He was the greatest Teacher that the human race has ever
Even though He was divine, Jesus walked
as a mere man among us. He laid down all of His deity when He came to
this earth, and He had to receive God's wisdom and revelation to
discharge all of His duties. The Lord was in constant communication
with His Father; He only spoke and did what was told to Him. He was
totally obedient to the Word of God and all of the commandments. The
key to His overall success was His close relationship with almighty God
Christ is our role model for
righteousness and godliness. If we imitate His laid down life and walk
in love and obedience, we will change our world and everyone in it. We
must carefully wield the Word of God, as He did, and be certain that we
are accurate in sharing it with others. It has the power to set men
free to eternal life, and to instruct them how to achieve true holiness
in their walk with God. The Scriptures are our final authority in all
matters that relate to the truth.
We must share the Word with others as the
Lord directs us. We will preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God in
power and authority, so that men can be set free. No one will perish
for lack of knowledge in the truth. We will make the gift of eternal
life available to every race, tongue and nation of the world. If we
speak what God says, we will be totally successful in all that we do.
No righteous man, woman or child will be denied entry into His
"And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I
came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth
me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him; the word that
I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not
spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a
commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that
his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even
as the Father said unto me, so I speak."
The Word of God is light and life to all
who hear it. Christ was extremely careful to relay God's exact words,
so that there would be no misunderstanding or defilement of the truth.
Even so, many doubted His teaching and corrupted what He had to say.
They challenged the fact that He was indeed sent by God to this earth to
save mankind from destruction. They scorned and ridiculed Him for
speaking the truth in power and authority that comes only from God
However, Christ was an example of total
and perfect obedience. He refused to be caught off guard and speak in
His own strength or utter human wisdom. He only relayed what God wanted
men to hear, precisely when and how the Father wanted it done. Jesus
was effective in His ministry because He refused to compromise God's
Word and dilute its power. He knew that no word of God returns to Him
void, and that it succeeds in everything that it was sent to accomplish.
Jesus was the living Word of God, sent to
this earth to redeem all of mankind and instruct them in righteousness
and godliness. He refused to be played out of position or be impeded in
His mission. He steadfastly conveyed the truth, and did all that He
could to persuade men to repent and be saved. He was eminently
successful because He was diligent to speak God's Word in its entirety.
He gave the Word of God all the deference and respect that it so rightly
We must do likewise if we wish to enjoy
eternal life and all of its many benefits. The Word of almighty God
Himself will ultimately judge us and determine our righteousness. God's
Word is His will for us; it represents His perfect moral standards for
our lives. We cannot be ignorant or disobedient to the Word of God and
escape reprisal. If we obey all the commandments and walk in love as we
have been instructed, we will remain in right standing with God for all
God's Words Are Spirit and Life
John 6:63 "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth
nothing: the words that I speak unto you, [they] are spirit, and [they]
God is a tri-part being – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They are one and
the same divine entity with three separate personalities. The Father is
the Creator of all spirits and His Son, Jesus Christ, is the Word of God
made man. His Holy Spirit is imparted to men that ask for the baptism
in the Spirit and is the source of all wisdom and truth. Whatever God
speaks represents His Spirit and is life to all who hear it.
man can understand the Word of almighty God except by the power of the
Holy Spirit. Spiritual matters are discerned by the spirit of a man,
not his mind and intellect. We should always pray and ask the Lord for
wisdom and revelation in His Word. We will be truly amazed at all that
it reveals to us. It will give us practical advice we can apply to our
lives, as well as insight into the deeper mysteries of our faith.
Christ promised us that the Holy Spirit of God would be sent to us once
He departed the earth realm to be reunited with His Father. We are not
alone in this world. We have the Holy Spirit as our Comforter and
Counselor. He convicts us of all sin and leads and guides us into all
righteousness. He reveals God's will on this earth and imparts
spiritual gifts to us that enable us to serve God and one another in
baptism in the Holy Spirit is not automatic for new believers, as some
may think that it is. We have to pray and specifically ask God to
impart His Spirit to us. We will usually be given the gift of spiritual
tongues, so we can communicate with God direct, human spirit to His
Spirit. We may also receive words of wisdom or knowledge, prophecy,
healing and miracle working as gifts of the same Holy Spirit of God.
John 16:13 "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide
you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he
shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
This is the very same Spirit that Jesus operated in when He came to this
earth. The Holy Spirit is totally obedient to the Father and
disciplined to speak only what almighty God Himself wants said. He
never speaks anything contrary to the written Word of God in the
Scriptures. The Bible will always be our final authority to test
whether or not something is truly from God.
Holy Spirit brings gifts to men that enable them to develop divine
attributes and characteristics, so that they can serve God and one
another in awesome power and authority. He reveals God's deep secrets
to us and even gives us a look at the future. He imparts qualities to
us called spiritual fruit that will allow us to develop a much closer
relationship with almighty God Himself.
These spiritual fruit were evidenced in the life of Jesus Christ, and we
can develop them to the point that we reach full spiritual maturity just
as He did when He walked the earth. Our lives will change as never
before. Peace, love, joy, goodness, gentleness, meekness, temperance
and longsuffering will all manifest in us, once we are baptized and
filled with the Holy Spirit of God.
With privilege comes a corresponding responsibility. We have to imitate
the laid down life of Jesus, so that we can embrace our divine
destinies. We have been given a sacred charge; the fate of all mankind
lies in the balance. If we are diligent to speak the uncompromised Word
of God Himself, we will be able to set men free to receive the gift of
eternal life and all of its blessings.
The Unpardonable Sin
"And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be
forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall
not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the [world] to
No man can speak the Word of God except
by the power of His Holy Spirit. We should reverence the Holy Spirit
just as we do our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The
manifestations of the Spirit are significant and they can revolutionize
our lives. Once we have tasted of the powers of the world to come, we
should never trivialize them or take them for granted.
Even though Christ came to this earth to
save all of mankind from sin and evil once and for all, it is still
possible for men to commit an unpardonable sin against almighty God. We
may perhaps doubt Jesus Christ and all that He did for us, but if we
doubt or blaspheme His Holy Spirit, we will in no way be held innocent.
His Spirit is life to our mortal bodies and souls.
Our God insists on deference and respect
from us at all times. We must have a healthy fear of the Lord or suffer
dire consequences. We are not now, nor will we ever be, equal with
almighty God. We are His beloved children only if we walk in His ways
and give His Word the preeminence that it deserves. So too, we must not
grieve or quench His Holy Spirit in any way.
We cannot ever speak against God's Spirit
without total accountability. We will all be judged for our works in
the flesh one day very soon. The Lord will never overlook any sin
against His Holy Spirit. We will incur spiritual and physical death for
this serious transgression. The Lord will expel us from His holy
presence and cast us into the eternal lake of fire for all time.
The Holy Spirit Bears Witness to the Word of God
"This is he that came by water and blood, [even] Jesus Christ; not by
water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth
witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear
record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these
three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the
Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If
we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this
is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son."
Christ died to redeem all of mankind from
all our iniquity once and for all time. There is no sin – past, present
or future – that is not washed clean and remitted by His sacrifice for
us. If we have faith in Him, we are made the righteousness of God.
Because of His perfect obedience to God's word of reconciliation, we are
set free to inherit eternal life and all its many blessings.
It is critical that we be baptized with
water and the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and
Savior. Water baptism signifies that we are dead to all of our sin and
made alive again by the Blood of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God.
The Holy Spirit bears witness to our spirits that Christ is indeed the
Son of God and the sole Redeemer from all of our transgression.
The Word of God never lies and the Father
Himself testifies to the authenticity of His Son. We can rely on the
fact that our salvation is complete, and that we are no longer subject
to death as a penalty for all of our sins. Christ's shed Blood attests
to our innocence and brings us total righteousness through our faith in
Him. We should no longer have sin consciousness of any kind.
There is no reason why we should ever
feel guilty, ashamed or condemned now that we have been born again. We
can approach the throne of grace with any need and know, for a fact,
that it will be granted to us. When our heavenly Father looks at us, He
sees the righteousness of Jesus Christ Himself. He was the firstborn of
many brethren and serves as our perfect role model.
"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the
word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever."
We have been redeemed from the curse and
translated into the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. There
is nothing additional that we have to do to be saved. We are made
totally righteous through our faith, and have become joint-heirs with
Jesus to all of His promises. However, we must be diligent to obey all
the commandments and walk in love, just as Christ taught.
Once we are born again, our lives change
for the better, both spiritually and temporally. Our minds are renewed
in the truth and our behavior is totally transformed until it becomes
godly. We grow and develop into full maturity as the sons and daughters
of almighty God. Our relationship with Him deepens, so that we begin to
think like He thinks, plus say and do what He instructs.
If we pray and ask the Holy Spirit to
come to us, we will be empowered to serve the Lord in our eternal
callings. He will fill us with all spiritual fruit, so that we imitate
the very life of Christ Himself. We will have peace, faith, hope and
joy with which to serve the Lord and His people. We will be good and
gentle, meek and temperate, and minister with all longsuffering and
Our lives will change as never before and
we will be able to overcome the world, our flesh and the devil. We will
be totally victorious in this life and in the Kingdom to come. We will
embrace our divine destinies willingly and effectively. We will share
our faith with all of mankind and revolutionize the entire world.
Nothing will be impossible to us if we walk in the Holy Spirit of God.
"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the
words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that
dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."
Jesus Christ is our role model for righteousness and godliness. He laid
down His deity when He walked on the earth, yet He was perfect and
sinless before God in all that He thought, said and did. He was in
constant communication with the Father and only spoke words that He was
instructed to speak. He never operated in His own authority. The Holy
Spirit in Him did the works.
must learn to function in the same way as we live out our divine
destinies and serve the Lord. We are called to be the Body of Christ
Himself on the earth. He has promised us that we will do the very works
that He did and even greater works, since He has gone to be with His
Father. We will speak the Word of God with full power and authority
under the unction of His Holy Spirit.
Gospel will be preached to all the nations of the world, and the full
number of souls will be gathered in the end-time harvest. No righteous
man, woman or child will be denied the blessings of eternal life. Our
own faith-based words that line up with the Word of God will work
miracles. The Lord will have us heal the sick, cast out demons and even
raise the dead back to life once again.
will challenge all world governments to make certain that they implement
the express will of God. We will correct all social injustice and bring
peace to the earth, so that all of mankind is treated with dignity and
respect. We will speak to all of creation and make certain that it
lines up with the Word of God. There will be no more devastation and
destruction of the earth and its creatures.
Matthew 24:35 "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not
Jesus taught us that our words that line up with God's Word have genuine
power to take dominion over the earth and all of its inhabitants. This
world will soon pass away and be replaced with the everlasting Kingdom
of God. Heaven itself will be united with the earth and become the
dwelling place of almighty God Himself. All things as we know them will
disappear, but the Word of God will endure forever.
Lord, Jesus Christ, will judge all of mankind to determine who among us
are righteous and entitled to spend all of eternity with Him. With
words inspired by the Holy Spirit of God, He will wreak vengeance on all
of His enemies and reward those who have been faithful to Him. He will
speak judgment on Satan and all his minions and banish them to the
abyss; all the wicked will be sentenced to the lake of fire.
Only those who believe in Jesus' name and are uncompromisingly righteous
will enter into the Kingdom of God. It will be heaven on the earth for
all of us. The Lord will actually come and take up residence with His
people. We will have endless blessings and unlimited prosperity. No
evil will ever harm or defile us ever again. Christ's Kingdom will be
safe and secure, and bring us joy and freedom for all of eternity.
The Word is Not for Everyone
John 8:43-47 "Why do ye not understand my speech? [even] because ye
cannot hear my word. Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of
your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode
not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a
lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And
because I tell [you] the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you
convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me?
He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear [them] not,
because ye are not of God."
Like attracts like, and the Word of God is spiritually discerned only by
those who have God's Spirit resident within them. We must face facts.
There are children of God and children of the devil in this world. They
are known by their fruits. Those who are of God, willingly embrace His
words, yet those who are committed to evil will reject them.
Jesus had the ability, through the Holy Spirit of God, to discern all
spirits to see whether or not they were of God or of the devil. He did
not waste His time on those who would ultimately reject Him. He only
spoke plainly to those who were desirous of the truth, and He made
certain that they understood His words as the very Word of almighty God
the masses Christ spoke only in parables, so that the unbelievers would
not challenge Him and confuse those who were sincere in their desire for
the truth. He knew that the rebellious could have an adverse influence
on those who were truly contrite and eager for God's Word. He disguised
His words, so that only the pure in heart would understand Him.
Matthew 13:10-13 "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why
speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them,
Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of
heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be
given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from
him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in
parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not,
neither do they understand."
Christ's parables were brilliant in their content and purpose. They
succeeded in all respects. They kept the critics at bay, yet were
comprehended by those who had a real heart for God. Jesus always
followed up His teaching with more thorough elaboration to those who
were His true disciples. He explained things fully to them and shared
all that He could about the Kingdom of God.
Lord was sent to those who were lost and forsaken, and He had a deep
love for all men. He simply knew who would receive His words and who
would reject them. He did not force anyone to hear Him or believe what
He spoke. He used gentle persuasion and spiritual conviction to attract
His followers. All those who were destined to believe in Him were, in
Gospel of Jesus Christ ultimately went out to all the tongues, races and
nations of the world through His faithful disciples. They learned how
to speak the Word of God with genuine power and authority and many were
saved through their evangelistic efforts. The Gospel is still being
preached with fervor and conviction, so that all men have an opportunity
to hear the truth.
speak God's Word in all of its power, knowing that it will not return to
Him void. The good news of the Kingdom of God has to be shared with all
of mankind. It is not the Lord's desire that any man perishes for lack
of knowledge. We must be extremely diligent to spread our faith exactly
as the Lord dictates. The fate of the entire world depends on our
willingness and obedience.
"Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye
have delivered: and many such like things do ye."
The Gospel of Jesus Christ suffers
contamination today, yet wise men are prudent not to alter the Word of
God and water down its message. If we share what God says on any given
subject, we must be diligent to be accurate in our teaching. The lives
of many hang in the balance, and only the God-given truth will set them
free. The Word of God stands alone in its power and authority. Man's
wisdom is only a sham and a pretense that will deceive and entrap those
who rely on it.
The wisdom of God is timeless and
recorded, so that all may partake freely of it in the Holy Bible. The
words of Christ Himself are able to set us free and enable us to reign
in this world and in the Kingdom to come. They can forgive men their
sins and give them faith to overcome all evil and temptation. They
inspire, encourage and empower us, so that we can become righteous and
godly in all that we think, say and do. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is
the living Word of God.
is sharper than any two-edged sword that can divide between spirit and
soul. It teaches us what is of man and what proceeds straight from the
mouth of God. It separates divine truth from the fictitious traditions
of men. Those who know the Word of God and correctly share it with
others will have eternal rewards for their faithfulness and devotion.
They will be appointed kings and priests of God; judge both men and
angels; and rule and reign with Christ over all the nations.
The Word of God Will Return to the Earth
"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I [am]
God, and [there is] none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone
out of my mouth [in] righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me
every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear."
Our Lord and Savior deserves all of our
devotion and respect. He was obedient unto death on our behalf, yet He
rose again from the dead to total victory in this world. He has gone to
be with His Father, but He has given us a divine commission to act in
His stead. We are to share His words in the Gospel of the Kingdom of
God and set men free to eternal life, as we have been.
We have divine destinies much like that
of Christ Himself. We are to pick up His ministry on the earth until He
returns to us. We must preach the good news of Jesus Christ, heal the
sick and cast out demons in His name. We will even raise the dead back
to life with faith-based words like those of almighty God. There is
nothing that will be impossible to us as we serve the Lord.
Very soon now, our Redeemer will come
back to this earth to set up His everlasting Kingdom. Every knee will
bow and every tongue proclaim that "Jesus Christ is Lord over all of
creation." He will destroy all evil on the face of the earth and judge
all men and even angels. He will banish Satan and his minions to the
bottomless pit, and punish all wrongdoers in the eternal lake of fire.
He will rule and reign as a righteous
King with a rod of iron. No defilement or contamination of any kind
will come near us. He will take vengeance on all our enemies and
vindicate us for all time. If we have been faithful to serve Him, we
will have generous rewards. He will share His very own honor and glory
with us, and we will be appointed kings and priests to rule with Him.
12:25-29 "See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped
not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we
[escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven: Whose
voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once
more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this [word], Yet
once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as
of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may
remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us
have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly
fear: For our God [is] a consuming fire."
The words of Jesus Christ are ageless and
timeless. They are powerful to save men's souls from utter destruction
and bring them all the blessings of eternal life. He is calling out to
each and every one of us right now and persuading us in the truth. He
is shaking up both heaven and earth with His words, so that no one
perishes for lack of knowledge in the Word of God.
We must believe that He was indeed the
Son of God, who was sent to the earth to redeem us from all of our
sins. We should repent from the heart and be baptized in His name, so
that we can receive the gift of eternal life in the everlasting Kingdom
of God. We should also walk in unequivocal love and total obedience to
Him, so our righteousness is never in question.
Our behavior must always be above and
beyond reproach, so that we can be godly role models to others who are
still lost in darkness, deception, and bondage to sin and evil. We
should demonstrate the very love, mercy and compassion of almighty God
Himself to all those we meet. They will know us as Christians because
of our genuine love for God and for all of mankind.
The Word of almighty God Himself will
separate the wheat from the chaff among us. His words are powerful for
disclosing all darkness and deception. If we adhere to the Word and
obey all of its precepts, we will be found righteous and eligible to
spend all of eternity with Him. However, if we disobey the truth and
rebel against the Word of God, we will perish for all time.
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call
you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I
have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I
have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,
and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that]
your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in
my name, he may give it you."
We must keep all of the commandments and
fulfill the will of our heavenly Father in all things. Jesus Christ
expects us to embrace our divine destinies and share our faith with
others, so that they can also be saved as we have been. We will accept
His divine commission and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to
every race, tongue and nation in all of its power and authority.
We will share our faith with every man,
woman and child, so that everyone has an opportunity to repent, be
converted and baptized in Jesus' name. We will spread the good news of
the Kingdom of God and see miracles, signs and wonders attest to our
faith. We will heal the sick of all their afflictions, cast out demons
that keep men in bondage to sin and even raise the dead back to life.
All the world governments will be
challenged to make certain that they line up with the Word of God. We
will eliminate all social unrest; eradicate war, violence and conflict;
abolish poverty and lack. All men will be treated with fairness,
dignity and respect. There will finally be peace and abundance on the
earth, and God's express will for mankind will prevail on earth as it is
Anything that we require to fulfill our
divine commission will be freely given to us. All we must do is ask the
Father and He will provide all that we need to serve Him and His
people. We will have legions of ministering angels to support our
efforts. We will overcome all evil with good, and take back the entire
earth for the Kingdom of God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
John 12:47-48 "And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge
him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He
that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth
him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last
will demonstrate the love, mercy and compassion of almighty God to all
of creation. The future of this world and the fate of all mankind will
be changed through our efforts. We will make the Word of God available
to all those who desire to repent and be saved. We will establish
peace, order and stability on this earth, and prepare the hearts of all
men to receive Jesus Christ as their righteous Judge and just King.
righteous man, woman or child will ever be denied entry into the Kingdom
of God with all of its many benefits. It will be a veritable paradise
on the earth for both God and man for all eternity. Only those who
adamantly refuse to believe the truth in the Word of God will be
rejected. The rebellious will be eternally condemned to the lake of
fire with all wrongdoers, where there will be wailing and gnashing of
Very soon now, Christ will return to this earth to receive His
everlasting Kingdom. He will judge all men and even angels by the Word
of almighty God Himself. He will not be persuaded to lower His perfect,
impeccable standards for any of us, nor will we be given second chances
to get it right. We must believe the truth and walk in it now, if we
wish to receive eternal life and all its blessings in the Kingdom of
those who are found to be faithful will enter into the awesome presence
of God for all of eternity. The Lord will meet all of our needs in
abundance, even before we ask Him. He will take vengeance on all of our
enemies and protect us from all evil. Our bodies will be changed to be
like that of Christ Himself. We will live forever to see our children
and their children, free of all pain and suffering, disease and death.
19:13-16 "And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his
name is called The Word of God. And the armies [which were] in heaven
followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite
the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth
the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath
on [his] vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND
LORD OF LORDS."
Jesus Christ is the living Word of
almighty God – the King of kings and Lord of lords that will rule and
reign over the entire earth for all of eternity in the everlasting
Kingdom of God. He will soon return with an army of angelic hosts that
will assist Him in ridding all evil off the face of the earth. There
will be no more death and destruction, war and conflict, sin and evil to
contend with any longer.
Christ will take vengeance on all of His
enemies and destroy all the ungodly in the wrath of His coming. He will
banish Satan and all his minions to the bottomless pit and expel all
evildoers to the eternal lake of fire. There will be no wickedness or
defilement left to contaminate our God and His people. We will have
total safety and security, peace and prosperity, joy and freedom in His
Our heavenly Father will actually come
and dwell with us on His holy mountain outside the city of New
Jerusalem. There will no longer be a separation between God and man
ever again. We will worship Him in Spirit and in truth and be
reconciled to Him as His very own sons and daughters. We will live
forever in health and vitality and enjoy all the many resources that the
vast universe has to offer.
Life in the Kingdom of God will be
idyllic – a literal paradise for all of us who dwell there. Men will
fellowship as brothers and sisters in love and unity, or be expelled
from the Kingdom for all of eternity. All of us will be righteous and
godly, and worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth. We will celebrate
all of His sabbaths and feast days with joy and gladness, praise and
gratitude in our hearts.
Topics for Discussion
1. Christ as the Living Word of God
2. Jesus Spoke the Words of God
3. God's Word is Spirit and Life
4. The Unpardonable Sin
5. The Holy Spirit Bears Witness to the Word
6. The Word is Not for Everyone
7. The Word of God Will Return to the Earth
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