have studied why the Bible, the Word of God, is the only
source of pure, unadulterated truth that we have as
believers. With that as our foundation, let us now
examine the effects of that Word upon our lives, and
also give some insights into how we may most effectively
glean its truths. In looking at the Biblical account of
Job, it was the literal Word of God spoken by the Lord
out of the whirlwind, which caused Job, with an eye of
faith, to see the Lord. However, when Job said “now
mine eye seeth thee,” he was not saying that he
actually looked upon God, but that he now experienced
the reality of God in his life. Job saw that God was a
real being, he saw His holiness, righteousness, wisdom,
and power; and in introspect he saw himself, his own
vile and helpless condition.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the
whirlwind, and said,
Job 42:5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear:
but now mine eye
Exo 33:20 And he said,
Thou canst not see my
face: for there shall no man see me, and live
Contrary to what many cults and charismatic people would
say, God no longer speaks His Word directly, in an
audible way, to His saints. God now speaks to us through
His completed written Word, and no longer needs to give
direct revelations and prophecies through men. However,
this Word, and the preaching of this Word, through the
power of the Holy Spirit, is made just as much the voice
of God to us as it was to Job and other Old and New
Testament saints, who actually heard God’s voice. Now,
before someone objects to what has been said here, God
certainly does, in a diversity of ways, speak to the
hearts of His people. The Holy Spirit can, and does
speak to our hearts either directly, or through
Preachers, teachers, spouses, friends, etc. He even uses
other means such as spiritual books, signs,
circumstances, etc. to communicate to us. Sometimes His
voice is so vivid we can perceive exactly what He
is saying—as if He were audibly speaking. These
occurrences however, usually are answers to prayer,
warnings, encouragements, or God leading us toward some
specific action to fulfill His will.
Cor 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be
prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be
tongues, they shall cease; whether there be
knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that
which is perfect is come, then that which is in part
shall be done away.
Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold
the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
15 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice,
harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
However, it is through the truth of God’s written Word
that we are made to see our sinful and lost condition;
and then, by the eye of faith, we are brought to see
Jesus, God’s Lamb—suffering, bleeding, and dying for our
sins. It is “by grace” that we are “saved
through faith,” and this “faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Through
this Spirit empowered Word, or Living Word, we as
believers also come to know the reality of God in our
lives, and come to know Him in a personal intimate way.
Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith;
and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Rom 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even
in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of
faith, which we preach;
Rom 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom
they have not believed? and how shall they believe
in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they
hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it
is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that
preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias
saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
17 So then faith
cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to
every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also
to the Greek.
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from
faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by
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 are life.
John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we
have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we
have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the
Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it,
and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life,
which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto
you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly
our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son
important to understand that the Holy Spirit does not
speak or work except through the Word of God—be it read,
preached, or taught. He does “not speak of himself”—meaning
He does not glorify Himself, nor does what He speak
originate “of himself”; but He glorifies Christ,
and uses the Word of Christ to show us the things of
Christ. To those who would claim that the Spirit of God
gave them some new kind of message, either through
speaking in tongues, or by prophecy, or by revelation,
apart from the Word of God, is contrary to the plain
truth that “he shall not speak of himself”—by
Himself, from Himself. This error has even lead
many to forsake the plain truth of God’s Word and “be
turned unto fables.” Multitudes of people have been
drawn away from the truth of God’s Word by those who
profess to be speaking some new message that the
Spirit has given them. A spirit has given
them a message, but it is not the Holy Spirit.
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.
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine,
and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore
said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it
Tim 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season,
out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they
heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall
turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned
great fallacy of the so-called charismatic preachers and
teachers is that they glorify the Spirit of God,
stressing Him and His work, instead of Christ and His
work. I was once given a copy of a very popular
charismatic book that told about a revival meeting the
author had been a part of. He wrote that people were
coming in from the streets and being saved without even
having the Word of God preached. That kind of teaching
borders on the sin of denying Christ—the living Word. No
sinner is ever saved apart from hearing the Word of God—
“it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save
them that believe.” Another false doctrine, that is
commonly promoted, is that a believer is not complete
until He is baptized by the Holy Spirit. This teaching
ignores the plain truth of God’s Word, that every
believer is already baptized into the body of Christ,
and they are “complete in him”—Christ.
Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the
people, even as there shall be false teachers among
you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon
themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall
follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way
of truth shall be evil spoken of.
Cor 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world
by wisdom knew not God,
it pleased God by the
foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy
and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head
of all principality and power:
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit,
if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not
the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Cor 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into
one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we
be bond or free;
and have been all made to
drink into one Spirit.
Because the Holy Spirit is not the only spirit at work
in this world, He only works through the Word.
Therefore, we must rely completely and totally on the
Word of God as our source of truth. We are admonished to
“believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
whether they are of God: because many false prophets are
gone out into the world.” We can be easily fooled by
“false apostles, deceitful workers,” who
“themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel;
for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness.”
John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try
the spirits whether they are of God: because many false
prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit
that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh
is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ
is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that
spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it
should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Cor 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful
workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into
an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers
also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness;
whose end shall be according to their works.
then are we to “try the spirits whether they are of
God”? It is by using the standard of truth—the Word
of God. How are we to know if someone is the messenger
of Christ and their message is the truth about Christ?
It is by what they confess to believe; whether what they
profess is in accordance with the truth of the
Scriptures. Do they believe in the incarnation of God in
Christ—His virgin birth, the Deity of Jesus, His sinless
life, His sacrificial blood atonement by which we are
saved, and His resurrection from the dead? Do they
believe that “all scripture is given by inspiration
of God”; that the Bible is the complete Word of God
to man; that nothing is missing, and nothing is to be
added to it or taken from it; and that God has kept it
and it is infallible? Do they believe that our salvation
is perfect and complete in Christ—that there is nothing
missing, that there is nothing left for us to do to be
saved? Do they believe that “Christ is all, and in
all,” and that nothing we need is to be found
outside of Him? Although most believers will have
different opinions about certain Bible doctrines, and we
can’t expect to agree with everyone 100%, a deviation
from these cardinal doctrines should make us suspicious
of the messenger, or at least their understanding of
Cor 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.
Tim 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy
scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto
salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God,
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good works.
Psa 12:6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as
silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven
7 Thou shalt
keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this
generation for ever.
Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew,
circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian,
bond nor free:
but Christ is all, and in all.
us say here, that this Word of Faith by which we are
saved, is not the dull lifeless preaching of the Bible
that is to be heard in so many churches today. It is not
the futile efforts of many preachers, who call upon
lost, dead sinners to do something in order to be saved.
It is not the reading, or the teaching, or the preaching
of the Bible to Christians, which has become so boring
and lifeless, without any spirit or life-changing power.
Contrariwise, it is the proclamation of the Living Word,
the Spiritual Word, the Holy Spirit empowered Word, that
brings us to Christ and shows us the things of Christ.
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh
the words that I speak
unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
Cor 3:2 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known
and read of all men:
3 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the
epistle of Christ ministered by us,
written not with ink, but
with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of
stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
Cor 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new
of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter
killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every
one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to
Cor 4:19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord
will, and will know, not the speech of them which are
puffed up, but the power.
20 For the
kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
makes the difference between the dead, lifeless
preaching found in modernistic churches and the
life-changing proclamation of God’s truth? First of all,
Christ must be glorified and not the works of man. Then
the Bible must be honored “as it is in truth, the
word of God.” Finally, those that proclaim the
“oracles of God” must do so with the understanding
that only God can make their preaching effective—that it
is only through prayer and the power of the Holy Spirit
that what they say can touch lives.
John 12:26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and
where I am, there shall also my servant be: if
any man serve me, him
will my Father honour.
The 2:13 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.
Pet 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the
oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it
as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all
things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be
praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Furthermore, what makes the difference between those
hearers whose lives are untouched by God’s Word and
those who “have tasted the good word of God”?
Acknowledging that God must give us ears to hear, those
who would hear must have a desire to seek and know the
truth. We must call upon God to speak to our hearts as
poor, helpless beggars, instead of those who are
increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once
enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and
were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the
powers of the world to come,
Matt 13:16 But
blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for
Isa 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and
eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and
2 Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not
bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not?
hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is
good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3 Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your
soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting
covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and
increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and
knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and
poor, and blind, and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the
fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that
thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy
nakedness do not appear;
and anoint thine eyes with
eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
it is by the “Word of Faith” that we are saved
and “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
of God,” how may we say that faith is actually
created in us by the Word of God? We have already
examined what Biblical faith is—trusting God to do for
us what we cannot do for ourselves; that faith is
completely foreign and opposite to our fallen human
nature; and that God alone is able to create faith in
us. But how does He use the Word of God to create faith
in us? We know that the Word of God is the truth because
it comes from the mouth of Him who “cannot lie.”
Because man’s fall was caused by the lie, and
man’s life is lived as a lie, we must be shown the
truth, bow to the truth, and accept the truth in order
to be saved. God’s truth shows us our sin, our guilt,
and the judgment that awaits us. God’s truth also shows
us the remedy for our dire condition, which is the
salvation that He has provided for us by Christ’s
redemptive work. God’s Word, therefore, shows us our
need—how helpless and hopeless our condition is; and how
impossible it is for us to do anything about changing
our eternal destiny, by our own works. Then the Word of
God reveals to us Christ and His work; and through the
power of God’s Spirit, we are brought to place our
faith, or trust in Him.
Rom 10:17 So
then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of
Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that
cannot lie, promised before the world began;
John 8:44 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
Rom 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law
saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that
every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may
become guilty before God.
20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall
no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law
is the knowledge of sin.
21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is
manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of
Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:
for there is no difference:
Gal 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the
works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ,
even we have
believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by
the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law:
for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
Col 1:12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made
us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness,
and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we
have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness
Word of God is also the seed of the new life that is
sown in our hearts, and by which we are born again.
“In the beginning” the Father spoke the Word, and
the Holy Spirit’s power created the worlds out of
nothing. Even so, the Father now comes to empty,
lifeless sinners, who are living in darkness, and speaks
this same Word of God; and by the power of the Holy
Spirit, a new creature in Christ is created. Ezekiel’s
vision of the valley of dry bones, although it is
primarily a prophecy about the restoration of Israel,
nonetheless it is a beautiful picture of God coming to a
dead sinner and saying, “hear the word of the LORD”;
“behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye
Pet 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying
the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the
brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart
23 Being born
again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by
the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and
2 And the earth
was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the
face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the
face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Eze 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried
me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the
midst of the valley which was full of bones,
2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and,
behold, there were very many in the open valley; and,
lo, they were very dry.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live?
And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones,
and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the
5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I
will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up
flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath
in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am
primarily think of the seed of the Gospel—as it is
presented in the parable of the sower—as being the
preaching of the Gospel; and indeed we are told, “the
seed is the word of God.” However, a second
application of the word “seed,” the one that more
clearly demonstrates how we are “born again,” is
in the terms of natural conception, as in the “seed”
of man. The Greek word sperma, which is
translated “seed” in the Bible, and from which we
get our word sperm, denotes the male half of
reproduction. Christ is the Living Word, the living
“seed” that is implanted in our hearts, and which
comes into union with our spirit and soul—by which we
become “a new creature” in Christ. It is
by this “seed” that we become to Jesus, “the
children whom the LORD (God the Father) hath
given” to Him.
Luke 8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as
he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden
down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
Luke 8:11 Now the parable is this:
The seed is the word of
Gen 38:8 And Judah said unto Onan, Go in unto thy
brother's wife, and marry her, and raise up seed to thy
9 And Onan knew
that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass,
when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled
it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his
Pet 1:23 Being
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever.
Isa 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD
hath given me are for signs and for wonders in
Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount
Christ is the “seed” of the “woman”—speaking
both of Eve and Mary His mother. Furthermore, He is the
“seed” of “Abraham,” and “the seed of
David according to the flesh”—through Mary’s linage.
He is also the “only begotten Son” of the
Father through the means of His miraculous birth—the
Holy Spirit implanted God’s seed into Mary’s egg. By
being “born again” by the “seed” of the
Word, we become the “seed” of Christ, in terms of
being His posterity. Because we become “his seed,”
His posterity, therefore, through Him, we are also
the children of God and the children of Abraham—which
for us is vitally important, because
“to Abraham and his seed
were the promises made.”
Gen 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the
woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it
shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of
angels; but he
took on him the seed of Abraham.
Rom 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord,
which was made of the
seed of David according to the flesh;
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:
for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and
bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of
the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him
the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever;
and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be,
seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy
Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest
shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy
thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the
Son of God.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in
him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Isa 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath
put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an
offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall
prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall
prosper in his hand.
Gal 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the
promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of
many; but as of one,
And to thy seed, which is
we are “born again” by the Living Word of God,
the Holy Spirit uses the same Word to give us the
assurance that we truly are a child of God. The Father
does not want His children living in the fear and doubt
about whether they are truly saved or not. First, we are
“sealed with that holy Spirit of promise.”
Earthly kings put their seals upon important documents,
making it known to everyone the regal authority behind
them. Even so the Father puts His seal upon His children
through the working of the Holy Spirit; He thus makes it
known to all that we are His, and no one can “pluck
them out of” His hands. Then God gives to us “the
earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.” Just as
earnest money is paid to show the sincerity of someone
who is buying property, so the Holy Spirit becomes the
down payment, our assurance of all that we have in
Tim 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Kings 21:8 So she wrote letters in Ahab's name, and
sealed them with his seal, and sent the letters unto
the elders and to the nobles that were in his city,
dwelling with Naboth.
Eph 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard
the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom
also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that
holy Spirit of promise,
14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance
until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto
the praise of his glory.
Cor 1:22 Who
hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit
in our hearts.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and
they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall
never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than
all; and no man
is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
sinner cannot be born into the family of God without
having the spiritual evidence that something has
happened in his life— “if any man have not the Spirit
of Christ, he is none of his.” It is not possible
for God to come into someone’s life without that person
being aware that something is different. We do not
“speak with tongues,” or see “a light from
heaven,” but we know we have become a child of God.
The Holy Spirit comes into our “hearts, crying, Abba,
Father.” He gives to us the awareness that God is
our daddy, our Heavenly Father; and He uses the
same words that Jesus cried in the garden when
“he said, Abba,
Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit,
if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.
Now if any man have not
the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
Acts 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus:
there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Acts 10:44 While Peter yet spake these words, the
Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45 And they of the circumcision which believed were
astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on
the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy
46 For they heard them speak with tongues, and
magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things
are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me:
nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons,
God hath sent forth the
Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba,
Holy Spirit also comes into our lives giving us the
words of forgiveness—“Man, thy sins are forgiven
thee.” We feel as if a great burden has been lifted
off from us, as our conscience is purged and we feel
cleansed from the vileness of sin. We sense a great
calm, as He says to the raging storm within us,
“peace, be still.” We no longer feel as if we are
under God’s wrath and judgment, but that “we have
peace with God.” He comes to us with the words
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.” We realize that all of
our striving, working, and trying to please God has been
for naught, and we now have rest in Christ. As a
Christian, we can never forget what it means to have
this forgiveness, peace, and rest. When we lose these
comforts by wandering from Christ, we are miserable, and
would rather die than go on living without them. It is
these comforts that God uses to draw us back to Himself.
Luke 5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him,
Man, thy sins
are forgiven thee.
John 2:12 I write unto you, little children,
because your sins are
forgiven you for his name's sake.
Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who
through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot
to God, purge
your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Mark 4:39 And he
arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea,
Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a
Rom 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Phil 4:7 And the
peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall
keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Matt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am
meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people
10 For he that
is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his
own works, as God did from his.
Holy Spirit also gives us the assurance of our salvation
by using the Word to teach us the principles by which
God saves and keeps us. We are to “grow in grace, and
in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
We are made to understand how, in spite of our
sinfulness, God forgives us in Christ—we are made
“wise unto salvation” and about salvation. We
understand that, in spite of the fact we have many
enemies, we “are kept by the power of God through
faith unto salvation.” As with Peter, “Satan hath
desired to have” us “that he may sift” us
“as wheat,” but Christ intercedes for us that our
“faith fail not.” We are told, “if God be for us,
who can be against us,” and “who shall separate
us from the love of Christ?” We are taught through
the Word, “that by two immutable things, in which it
was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation”; God has given us His promise in the
“immutable” Word that He has forgiven us and has
saved us in Christ; and furthermore, the “immutable”
God cannot lie. Jesus Himself said
“I give unto them eternal
life; and they shall never perish.”
Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory
both now and for ever. Amen.
Tim 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy
which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through
faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Pet 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through
faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the
Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold,
Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as
32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not:
and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If
God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him
up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely
give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's
elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died,
yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the
right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or
famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Heb 6:17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew
unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his
counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was
impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold
upon the hope set before us:
John 10:28 And I
give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's