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Word and Will of God

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

In Genesis 1 we see, “In the beginning God,” as there was nothing before God and all that came forward from this opening phrase in the Scripture came as a result of God. God is the Creator of all there is. Through Him all that came into being came into being by Him. We do not know how much eternity came before this moment or how much will come after this moment, as eternity is everlasting in either direction. In John 1:1 we read, “In the beginning was the word.” My conclusion then, would be the same. Before the word there was nothing but the Word of God. Two things are clear, before the beginning there was nothing that we can identify except God. Also before the beginning there was no word except the Word of God. Therefore, whether good or bad, the Word of God is absolute truth, as before His Word there was no Word.

God is a Spirit, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) In Genesis we read that the Spirit of God moved across the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2) Creation was conceived in God’s Spirit and spoken in to being. (Genesis Chapter 1) Man was formed by the hand of God and He breathed the spirit of eternal life into him. “Then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” (Genesis 2:7) At the end of each day God said, “It was good.”

“And the Word was with God.” All as we read in Genesis Chapter 1 all came into being by the spoken word of God with the exception of man. God’s Word is the power of Creation and there cannot be any possible greater power around the universes than the Word of God. From my small mind this is only logical. The Spirit of God expresses His will through the Word of God. We learn the will of God through His Word as we learn the will of men through their word. Jesus is the Word of God, as “the Word was with God.” Jesus by His obedience to the will of God created all things. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16:17) Jesus, before His incarnation, during His incarnation, and now at the right hand of the Father exists in complete unity with His Father according to His will. Jesus said to His disciples, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to accomplish His work.” (John 4:34) The result of which is what we are to aspire to in living our lives here in this world. To be in obedience to the will of the Father by obeying the Commandment of His Word, Jesus our Lord and Savior. This is one way of showing our love for Him. “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 1415)

And “the Word was God.” At creation God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26) Us refers to the Godhead, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. When Jesus was comforting His disciples shortly before His crucifixion Phillip asked Jesus to show them the Father. Jesus replied, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:9) To the Apostle John at his vision at Patmos he saw Jesus on the throne. “When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last” (Revelation 1:17) In the letter to the Church at Laodicea He instructed the Apostle to write His title, “The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says this:” (Revelation 3:14) Clearly the Word of God, Jesus, is God. His name Immanuel means “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23)

God in His foreknowledge knows who will also be faithful and true has called us to be His servants in the mission and purpose He has for our lives. “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified” (Romans 8:29-30) He called His first disciples along the shores of Galilee, Peter and his brother Andrew, James and his brother John. He called them to become fishers of men. “And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19) These men had no qualification for the mission that laid before them, they were just rough and tumble fishermen working out a living in the family business. But they were willing and that is what our Lord is looking for, men who will accomplish His will by His Word. I also look at fishing in a poor allegorical picture. Taking fish out of the world of the sea and placing them in another world on the land. Not a good thing for fish but a great thing for men. Men who are enslaved to the wickedness of this world and are in great need of salvation from it. Men who could come to a saving knowledge of the saving grace of God can be taken from this world to the great world of the Kingdom of God through faith in Jesus Christ.

Men are heavily steeped in the world in which they live. All have been here their whole life and have been embedded by it. Some love it so much they have become blinded to anything else. They require much prayer on their behalf. Others know there is something better, there is a way of escape from the drag of a morally corrupt life this world brings them into. They are weighted down by the sin in their lives from their rebellion of the truth of God’s Word. They are heavy laden with the weight of their sin and need rest. Then there is the Word of God, Jesus, the One who is faithful and true calling. “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) The harvest for the Kingdom of God is ripe but the workers are few and many do find that hope in Jesus Christ who is “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6) This is God’s purpose, to get His children home. “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” (Colossians 1:19-20)

All need daily repentance. From the unlearned lost soul seeking a way out from the dilemma of a depraved world to those who have professed a belief in the Lord Jesus Christ need daily repentance. “And My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) What is your land? It is your sphere of influence upon those around you who can see the light of truth through your action and deed in the name of Jesus Christ. People are watching, especially if they know you are a Christian, a follower of Jesus. People are seeking for an answer to the problems of life, can they see the example in us. It is not what we hear in this world that corrupts us but what we speak into this world. “It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.” (Matthew 15:11) We are called to be sanctified, separate, different that the ones of this world. We are not to live as citizens of this world but citizens of the Kingdom to come. We must through the Word of God, prayer and His Spirit dwelling within us be changed. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) The old self must be nailed to the cross, we must be dead to our sin and let Jesus live within us growing to His image that others may see the light shining though us. “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18)

We must be conquered by our Lord and live for His will and not our own. Ask how your life has worked for you in comparison to the life promised by His Word, the Word of the faithful and true one. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10) No greater mission can a man have than to pluck a life out of the pit of hell and lead him to the Master who will guide him on the path to his eternal home in the Kingdom of God. This is the will and purpose of God for us. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, February 15, 2015

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