CHAPTER 2

Understanding that the Word of God is Power and Life:

The Word of God is Power:

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." (Heb 11:1-3,6)

The 12 Creative Statements of God:

1) "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." (Gen 1:3)

2) "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." (Gen 1:6)

3) "And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so." (Gen 1:9)

4) "And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so." (Gen 1:9)

5) "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so." (Gen 1:11)

6) "And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:" (Gen 1:14)

7) "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven." (Gen 1:20)

8) "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so." (Gen 1:24)

9) "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. And God blessed them,

10) and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, ( have wholly - He is a rewarder) and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Gen 1:26,28)

11) "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." (Gen 1:29-30)

12) "And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him." (Gen 2:18)

God said it: And It Was So!

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Heb. 11:2

The Word is Life:

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63 KJV)

Definition:  The word spirit: G4154. pneo, pneh'-o; a prim. word; to breathe hard, i.e. breeze:--blow.

Man was created and given life by the breath, or Spirit of God!

"And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Gen 2:7 KJV)

Definition: The word breathed: H5301. naphach, naw-fakh'; a prim. root; to puff, in various applications ( to inflate, blow hard, scatter, kindle, expire):--blow, breath, give up, snuff.

Receiving the breath and life of God through His Word!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Tim 3:16-17)

Definition: The word inspiration: 2315. theopneustos, theh-op'-nyoo-stos; divinely breathed in:--given by inspiration of God.

Born Again by the Word!

"There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth (God’s breath!) where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." (John 3:1-8 KJV)

"Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." (James 1:18 KJV)

"Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you." (1 Pet 123-:25 KJV)

When an individual believes and receives the word of God, he receives an effectual and vital life giving force, he receives God Himself.

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6:63 KJV)

Receiving The Living Word: Jesus

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..... He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-3, 10-14)

Receiving The Written or Spoken Word: Apostolic Authority:

He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. (Mat 10:40)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. (John 13:20)

I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. (John 17:6-8)

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me ((through their word;)) (John 17:17-18, 20)

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. (John 20:21)

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. (Mat 28:19-20)

Definition: of the word sent: 649. apostello, ap-os-tel'-lo; from G575 and G4724; set apart, i.e. (by impl.) to send out (prop. on a mission) lit. or fig.:--put in, send (away, forth, out), set [at liberty].

From which we get the word Apostle

"For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God ((which ye heard of us,)) ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." (1 Th 2:13 KJV)

The New Testament Church unfailingly adhered to the teachings of the Apostles:

Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:41-42)

Believing in the Full Plan Of God: The Gospel Of Truth:

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. (John 1:1-3)

Definition: The word Word: 3056. logos, log'-os; from G3004; something said (including the thought); by impl. a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; a computation; 3004. lego, leg'-o; a prim. verb; prop. to "lay" forth, i.e. to relate in words usually of systematic or set discourse;)

In the beginning, before anything at all existed, was God alone. God is an invisible Spirit. God in the beginning planned out( logos) all the rest of eternity. According to plan, God brought forth all that exists. All that exists, exists ultimately to bring glory to God. All that exists must ultimately declare that God exists. Then with this declaration and obedience to His will comes the privilege to eternally co-exist with God. We must declare that God exists. We must declare that God has a plan and will. We must declare that God’s plan and will are found in His Word. We must submit to God. We must submit to God’s Word.

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:... yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it. (Isa 46:9-11)

For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. ( Rom.14:11)

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:10-11)

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. (John 15:8-12)

If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 5:3-5)

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