The Word of God - Part 2
“For in the Gospel a righteousness which God ascribes is revealed, both springing from faith and leading to faith [disclosed through the way of faith that arouses to more faith]. As it is written, 'The man who through faith is just and upright shall live and shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:17 Amplified).
The Gospel reveals the righteousness of God to us from faith to faith. When we partake of His righteousness it in turn brings us into a oneness with God. Faith makes us righteous and in making us righteous causes us to live by faith thereby producing more faith as we see the faithfulness of God. It is God’s built-in growth mechanism for His people who seek Him. As we seek Him through His word, His Spirit, and prayer God reveals Himself to us in greater and greater measure causing us to seek Him even more.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
God’s highest purpose for each one of us is that we would know Him intimately and experientially. Knowing God is more desirable than our works for God. God does not want our busyness, He wants our intimacy. The more we seek God the more He reveals Himself to us. The more we know God, the more we desire Him.
“For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” (Hosea 6:6).
Intimacy with God comes as we diligently seek Him through His word and prayer by faith. When we come near to God, He comes near to us. He has promised to be found by those who earnestly seek Him. His word is a revelation of Who God is. As the Holy Spirit opens the word to our understanding, we see God with spiritual sight or revelation. This revelation of God produces faith.
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”(Romans 10:17).
Faith is a gift of God. The hearing that produces faith is the hearing with understanding or revelation. Paul rebuked those who were ever hearing but never coming to the knowledge of the truth. It is not a mental assent but rather an enlightenment of the Holy Spirit as God, “hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). This kind of hearing can only come as we prepare ourselves to hear from God.
“My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding” (Proverbs 2:1-6).
We have to set our ears, hearts, mind, and whole inner being to seek the Lord through His word and Spirit. We must desire to know God above all of our desire for earthly treasures. Then God opens His mouth and gives us the knowledge and understanding which produce faith to receive as we are obedient to the revelation.
“And He said to them, ‘Be careful what you are hearing. The measure [of thought and study] you give [to the truth you hear] will be the measure [of virtue and knowledge] that comes back to you – and more [besides] will be given to you who hear’” (Mark 4:24 Amplified).
“For to him who has will more be given; and from him who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away [by force]” (Mark 4:25 Amplified).
The more we give ourselves to the word of God, the more God rewards us with the knowledge and understanding of faith, and the more the fruits of His kingdom are produced within us. And on the other hand, when we do not apply ourselves to His word, the opposite takes effect – even what we have is taken away. It is like a muscle: if you don’t use it, it atrophies.
We do not have to look very hard at the sad condition of the church to see how little Christians are in the word of God. For most Christians, the only word they get all week is a regurgitated word from Sunday service. And even then, the most they can stomach is merely milk, going over and over again the very basics of the word. For those the church considers more ‘mature’ the diet is one of carnal pursuits. As long as the church continues to pursue everything but God Himself, it will never come into the divine purpose of God of knowing Him and being one with Him. As long as Christians stubbornly refuse to make the word of God their daily bread, they will never grow and develop into the sons of God who fulfill His will through the leading of the Spirit.
God wants to reveal His glory upon the earth. He wants to demonstrate His gospel in mighty signs and wonders which will cause unbelievers to turn aside to Him. He seeks people who will be willing in the day of His power, willing to be fools for Christ, not out of presumption or carnality, but out of a faith which knows the voice of God. Faith comes by hearing the word of God and hearing the word of God begins with abiding in His word from beginning to ending. If we truly desire to see God’s glory upon this earth, then we must first make God’s word our personal devotion.