And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

1 Thessalonians 2: 13

All of us are subject to various types of authority. It comes in the form of people who have power over our livelihoods or at least our success and advancement within a chosen occupation. Most of us live in communities within countries where there are laws of the land that rule over us and that direct and define what actions are acceptable and what ones will result in censure or worse. Sometimes we accept the rule of authority and at other times we struggle with it or even fight against its presence in the course of our days. Paul is immensely thankful that these people to whom he had communicated God’s Word had accepted it and its author’s authority so readily. They had not only accepted it, but they also knew and acknowledged the fact that there was a supernatural aspect to what they had received from Paul as this word from God.

Thus, the Gospel of Christ and the rest of the divine truth that was given to them has a sort of power that is far superior to any other form of wisdom, logic, or law that they may have heard or have access to. This word of truth and life comes out of eternity and into our world bringing with it the lasting wisdom of the Lord and providing guidance for all aspects of life. Now God has called people into service to Him by means of gifting them with deep comprehension of His Word and by granting to them the ability to explain both its meaning and its application to the various situations and circumstances that are encountered in living out our days. Yet, unlike any other form of instruction that we may receive, when we are taught from God’s Word we hear words that are spoken by humans, but we are listening to and assimilating concepts, ideas, and precepts that come from the mouth of God.

The source of these utterances is what matters when God’s Word is opened and taught. It is essential for people who teach from God’s Word to be humbly submitted to the Lord’s will as they are led by His Spirit into understanding its deeper meanings and its application in the lives of the specific audience at hand. As hearers of the Word of God we need to bear in mind the fact that it is something much greater than any literature that has come to us through human hands as these words are the utterances of God, Himself, that have been given to us through the hands of divinely inspired writers. Even that inspiration would have left us with nothing more than an exceptional work of history and philosophical wisdom if it were not for the connection that God makes with His people through the presence of the Spirit of Christ with and within us. The Spirit brings the written and the spoken Word of God to life, and He guides our minds and our hearts into forms of understanding that would not be otherwise possible. Thus, through the work of the Spirit within and upon us, we are continually transformed by God’s Word into people who more and more fully reflect the glory of the Lord.   

And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.

1 Thessalonians 2: 13

 

Words, words, and even more words, they are everywhere. We can read newspapers full of them; there are magazines published to address virtually every topic and audience; a book can be had to numb us or to exhort us or to instruct us or to blind us to truth. There are words flowing like torrents of water through the air; there are more words than anyone could ever read available through the Internet. Even the icon of spoken communication, the telephone, has become a device that can supply all of the above. We are saturated by words. They virtually drown our daily lives.

 

However, words that have real meaning and impact are hard to find. Words that sink beneath the surface and into our hearts are truly rare. I think that the very abundance of information and thoughts and direction that we encounter can lead to a form of over stimulation that then causes us to just stop listening to much of anything. There is also the true risk that we will accept everything as truth; for, there are so many sources of information and very few trustworthy filters for that information.

 

In all of this wordiness, there is only one source of truly living words; words that are alive in our hearts; words that are spoken and interpreted by the author within the heart of the hearer. God is the living word. His nature, character, and love are shown to us in the printed words of the bible. The Holy Spirit is alive in each believer. He brings truth and understanding. He speaks God’s will to us. The test of the validity of these words is in the fact that they are at work in our lives. We can see the changes in others, and, as we are in Christ, we live this changed life our selves.