Sjolander Road Fellowship




Declaring the God of Unconditional Love

god's word

2/27/08

 

The expression “God’s word”, perhaps with a capital “W”, is usually considered a reference to the Bible, the sacred text of Christianity. In a narrower sense, it often implies God’s commandments.

 

When in John Chapter 1 Jesus is called the Word, we might picture two aspects of Jesus which would make the name, The Word, seem appropriate. First, he was with God in the beginning “calling” the creation into existence. Secondly, his earthly mission involved imparting God’s message in words to Israel.

 

Often, I believe, the tern “God’s word” is mistakenly confined to the notion of God’s commandments. Much more important than God’s words of commandment are His words of promise. What God promised He was committed to fulfill completely. In this sense also, Jesus is “God’s word”. He is the evidence of God’s faithfulness to the promise of universal blessing made to Abraham way back in Genesis 12. God’s word in the form of commandments given and facts revealed was important under the Old Covenant with Israel. Theirs was a law-based system which depended on God’s revealing of the requirements through His word. Significantly, in the midst of this Old Covenant with exclusive Israel lay the seed of the far better New Covenant in which blessing accrued to all mankind. The New Covenant and its imputed righteousness are based on the word of God also, but it is the word of promise and not of commandment, as Galatians 3 emphasizes. Moses represented the word of commandment; Jesus represented the word of promise.

 

The distinction between a word of commandment based covenant and a word of promise based covenant is immense. This difference has been largely ignored by Christianity, leading to a continued emphasis on God’s Word being a book of commands instead of a book of majestic, inalterable promise sworn to by the One who cannot lie.

 

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