“His Name is Called the Word of God” – A Contemporary Reflection

As we take notice of the recent global events, the rising unrest, political tensions, and the persistent struggle with the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s worth pausing and reflecting on something deeper and more enduring. Our minds find solace in one source of wisdom and strength that transcends time, the Word of God. The Bible, with its timeless teachings and principles, continues to offer guidance, comfort, and hope amid turmoil and uncertainty. To focus on the nature of the Word of God is a reminder of His continued presence and commitment to humanity.

The Word as God’s Son

The Bible tells us clearly that the Word refers to the Son of God (John 1:1-3). This understanding is echoed in the writings of the Apostle John, who states: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: these three are one” (1 John 5:7). In these challenging times, this reaffirms the unity and consistency of the divine essence of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit.

Moreover, the Bible presents Jesus Christ as the Logos – the Word, the divine expression of God Himself. He is known as the Revealer of God (Eph 3:9; Rev. 4:1; John 1:18; Matt. 11:27; John 14:9) and the Eternal Word, as He was with God from the beginning (John 1:1-3). This alludes to the pre-existence of Christ before His incarnation, a concept further highlighted in Proverbs 8:22-30, and Hebrews 1:1-10, among other passages.

Moreover, this Logos made all things in heaven and earth (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:14-17; Eph. 3:9; Heb 1:1-3), highlighting His divine authority and integral role in the creation. The Word also serves as God’s primary means of revealing Himself and His Holy Will to humanity (1 Tim. 2; 1 John 2).

Nature of the Word

The nature of the Word is captured beautifully in the dual nature of Christ: His divine and human aspects. The Son of God is pre-existing, indicating His divinity (John 1:1-3; John 8:58; 17:5-8; Col. 1:17), but His incarnation as Jesus Christ also shows His human side. Christ’s divinity and humanity are seen intertwined throughout His earthly ministry.

Christ is divine because He shares the nature of His Father (John 14:9; Col. 2:9; Heb. 1:3), and His divinity is manifest in His teachings (John 6:63; 7:46), His miracles (Matt. 11:5), His omniscience (John 2:24, 25), and His sinless nature (Heb. 7:26,27). Meanwhile, His humanity is displayed in His physical birth (Luke 2:7, 12), His human needs such as hunger and thirst (Luke 4:2; Mark 11:12, John 4:6), and His ability to be tempted (Heb. 4:15). He truly is the bridge between the divine and the human (1 Tim. 6:16), a mystical ladder connecting heaven and earth, reminiscent of Jacob’s vision in Genesis 28:12.

The Blessing and Worth of the Word of God

In this era of abundant information, misinformation, and rapid changes, we must anchor ourselves to a source of truth and stability. The Word of God serves this function, providing a channel of communication between God and humanity (John 14:6; Matt. 11:27; John 1:18). Even though sin has marred this channel (Isa 59:1-3), Christ, the Word, has reopened it, enabling us to reconnect with God and receive His guidance and blessings.

In times of danger, sorrow, and death, God’s Word offers comfort and hope (Rev. 14:13; Jer. 31.15, 16; Matt. 14:27). It’s a powerful voice that meets our every need (Luke 8:22-24; Matt. 11:28-30), a friend who empathizes with our pains and struggles (Matt. 11:28-30, John 11:23-44), and a trustworthy guide whose teachings stand the test of time (Matt. 24:35; Heb. 13:8; Num. 23:19-21).

Ultimately, the Word is our means of salvation. Christ said, “Speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed” (Matt. 8:8), illustrating the healing power of faith in His Word. When Peter dared to walk on water, he said, “Bid me to come unto thee on the water” (Matt. 14:28, 29). As he put his faith in Jesus’s Word, he experienced the supernatural. Similarly, Jesus’s Word to the thief on the cross, “Thou shalt be with me in Paradise” (Luke 23:42-44), encapsulates the promise of eternal life for those who trust Him.

The Word of God is the key to all of God’s promises (2 Cor. 1:20; Heb. 6:9-16; 13:8). It’s a beacon of light amid the darkness, a source of wisdom in times of confusion, and a fountain of strength when we are weak. As we grapple with the challenges and uncertainties of our time, let’s draw closer to the Word of God, for in it, we find hope, peace, and life.

Let us remember that amidst all the changing scenes of life, one thing remains constant – The Word of God, who is Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer, the ultimate source of wisdom, comfort, and truth. Despite our human imperfections, the Word of God reaches out to us, offering grace, peace, and eternal hope. As we focus on Him, we can navigate the trials of this life with divine guidance and assurance.

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