The words of Jesus contained not only the authority of God, but the power, life, energy and ability of God.
We see the divine authority of his words when he cursed the fig tree – and it obeyed and died. Again, when he commanded the wind and waves to hush and be still – and they obeyed and gave place to a great calm.
Then we see the power of his words when he took the five loaves and two fishes – sufficient only for a little boy’s lunch – and said to his disciples, “Give ye them to eat!” Acting on those words, which were so powerful and pregnant with creative energy, the disciples found sufficient to feed five thousand men and gather up 12 baskets full of leftovers!
Jesus claimed both authority and power when he said, as he looked down upon the palsied man, “Whether it is easier to say ... Thy sins be forgiven thee (authority), or to say, Arise, take up thy bed and walk (power)?” (Mark 2:9).
Yes, Jesus personified the divine Word of authority and power.
4. THE WORD OF AUTHORITY AND POWER IS GIVEN TO US
Jesus spoke God’s words. “The words I speak unto you, I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works” (John 14:10).
Moreover, Jesus gave those authoritative, powerful words of God to us. “For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me” (John 17:8).
What words do we speak?
Jesus said – “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God“(Luke 4:4).
Solomon said – “A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Prov. 18:20-21).
Again Jesus said, “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned” (Matt. 12:37).
Jesus lived and ministered by the power and authority of the words the Father gave him: Little wonder, then, that the people were amazed and said, “What a word is this!” And in awe and bewilderment the officers of the chief priests and the Pharisees, sent to seize Jesus, came back and said, ”Never man spake like this man” (John 7:46).
My friend, these words of God are given to us. We, too, may speak them. We, too, may live by their authority and power.
As those words of God dwell in our hearts and are spoken by our lips they become bread and fruit to us. We shall be filled with their power. We shall be changed and transformed by them. They will justify us, heal us, empower us, and give us victory.
5. WHEN WE UNRESERVEDLY ACCEPT THE AUTHORITY OF GOD’S WORD WE SHALL ALSO PROVE ITS POWER
Why doesn’t the Word of God work?
Surely the question should now be – “How does the Word work?” “Why” seems totally irrelevant! Almost like an echo from Eden – “Hath God said?”