Instead of looking to the old Adamic nature with its hopeless futility and frustration, and asking “WHY doesn’t the Word work,” I now saw myself as a new creature in Christ, and taking hold of the immeasurably vast and powerful declarations of God concerning m y identity in Christ I boldly cried , “AMEN! Thy Word is TRUTH! Hallelujah!”
And how true it is that ”faith cometh by hearing the Word of God,” for the preaching of the positive truth of God ‘s Word wrought mighty results in the lives of those who heard it.
Now let me set forth a few of the great fundamental facts concerning the Word of God and how it works for all who can believe it.
1. THE WORD HAS DIVINE AUTHORITY
In Genesis 1 God spoke authoritative words – “Let there be . . .” and there was. This world about us is the product of the authority of the Word. Evolution is not so much a challenge to God’s power and ability as it is to the authority of his Word.
God made man and brought him immediately under the authority of his Word . . . “And the Lord God commanded the man” (Gen. 2:16).
In the coming age Christ will rule by the authority of the Word . . . “Out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations”(Rev. 19:15), and “he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked” (Isaiah 11:4).
Between Eden and the Millennium, however, there is being waged a fierce contest over the authority of God’s Word. To Eve Satan questioned – “Hath God said?” (Gen. 3:1). Today, in this hour of earth’s deepest spiritual darkness, that question is well established in the minds of the masses. It is a subtle, Satanic challenge to the authority of the Word of God.
But the authority of God’s Word is backed by his very being, his very character, his eternal throne. It stands unshaken and unshakeable by the onslaughts of devils or men. Though heaven and earth pass away the Word of God will prevail throughout countless ages to come. Hallelujah!
2. THE WORLD HAS DIVINE POWER
Not only did the atoms come together at the authoritative command of God, but they LIVED by the power of that Word. Behind all creation there is the mind, thought, word, power and life of God.
The words of the angel to Mary (Luke 1:37), “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” read in a literal translation as follows: ”No Word of God shall be void of power.”
Little wonder Mary responded, “Be it unto me according to thy WORD.” The angel had declared a promise requiring supernatural fulfilment, but the Word of God has in itself the supernatural power to materialize!
3. JESUS COMBINED BOTH THE AUTHORITY AND POWER OF THE WORD
When Jesus cast out the unclean spirit from the man in the synagogue, the people were amazed and exclaimed – “What a word is this! For with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out” (Luke 4:36).