Genesis Sermons from Gospel Chapel Ministries     HOME    SERMONS   SERMON NOTES

SERMON #325, GENESIS LESSON #1

THE AUTHORITY OF GOD’S WORD

With the help of the Lord, this study on the Book of Genesis will make applications for all ages. The first question that comes to our mind for children and adults alike is -- what is the difference between creating and making something? Men can make many things. A look around us will bring all sorts of things to mind. Suppose a man is capable of making a box, but he is locked in an empty room and will not be allowed to leave until he makes the box. Would he ever come out? No, he had no materials or tools with which to make anything. When you make something, you need the components to make it. God is called the Creator because when He created the world, he formed it from nothing. That is the difference between making and creating something.

How did God create the world and all the things in it? He created them out of nothing; He had no substance from which to make them. We need to remember the very first thing God did. GEN 1:1-2 says, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." That means that when God first created the substance of earth, there was no shape or form to anything. There was dirt and water, but everything was all mixed together; there was no form.

When God works the new creation in our hearts, the first thing needed is the work of the Holy Spirit. When we are still in sin, we are like the void before the earth was formed. The Holy Spirit moves upon our hearts as He did "upon the face of the waters" to give us a new desire.

What was the next thing that happened? GEN 1:3 says, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." God did not have a substance from which to make light. God created light; He said it, and it happened. We must understand this distinction between making and creating, or we will never really understand the whole Bible. God’s Word has so much power and so much authority that He just had to speak, "Let there be light," and light existed. GEN 1:4-5 says, "And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."

The next thing created by God is described in GEN 1:6-8. "And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." The sky was formed, and the waters became a separate entity. He did it by the authority and power of His Word. He only spoke the Word, and it was done.

Then we see in verse 9, "And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so." God made the water in the clouds separate from the water in the oceans. There wasn’t just water everywhere. God is so mighty, and there is so much power in His Word that when He spoke, it happened. This concept is central; it is essential to understanding the rest of the Bible. God’s Word comes with such power and authority that His command is immediately fulfilled.

"And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good." GEN 1:10. God then furnished Earth with grasses, herbs, and fruit trees, each capable of reproducing themselves. In GEN 1:14, God said, "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." Stars, sun, moon, seasons, and time were established. In GEN 1:20-21, 24, God added the animal kingdom to the earth by the power of His Word. "And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good." Verse 24 adds, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so."

GEN 1:3, 6, 9, 14, 20, 24, and 26 all tell us, "God said, Let..." and it was so by speaking the Word. It is important to understand all this took place by the authority of His Word. Now let’s consider the importance of verses 26 and 27. "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

Notice the difference between this part of the creation and the previous events. In the previous creations, God said, "Let there be..." and there it was. Now God says, "Let us make man in our image..." This is different. God made man out of the dust; He didn’t just speak the Word, and it was so. He took dust and made man. Do we have any idea of the magnitude of the making of man in the image of God? When you look in a mirror, you see a reflection of yourself. If you go to the original Hebrew dictionary, this word "image" means "a reflection of." In other words, God made man in such a fashion that when anyone sees a person, they see a reflection of God. We are to be a reflection of the person and character of God. We were made to be representatives of who God is. That means man was made in the same character as God. Man had the same disposition, personality, and character as that of God. Man was a reflection of who God is.

What was special about how God made man? Man was not like the animals, fish, and birds. With those He said, "Let there be..." and they were. With man however, God said, "Let us make man..." To whom was He speaking? Here we are introduced to the Trinity--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They are communing among themselves. The Trinity of God said, "Let us make man after our image." We are to reflect the Spirit of God. How? Our attitudes are to reflect the Spirit of Christ who is God. We are to have a loving spirit, a loving attitude, and a desire to do what is good for our neighbor and glorifies God. We reflect the Spirit of God by seeing the character of the Lord Jesus Christ and walking according to His Spirit.

Was man created out of nothing? No. Let’s look at GEN 2:7. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." This explains the great difference between man and animals. Man was made from the very lowest and the very highest substance. Man was made from dust or the very lowest substance, which has no beauty in it, and the very highest substance--the breath of God. That is how we became a living soul; God breathed into man the breath of life, i.e., the Holy Spirit, or spiritual life. Man also is set apart from the animals because he has a reasonable understanding. Man is capable not only of seeing, but also of thinking and talking. Animals do not have a reasonable mind. Man was made in the image of God, with the Spirit of God, and given a soul that never dies. Animals do not have that.

Man was not only created in the very image of God, but God set him in a very kingly station. Go back to GEN 1:28. "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." God made man to be the ruler or the king of the whole earth. God placed man in a glorious place.

God placed man in the same place where King Pharaoh put Joseph. This principle is so important to understanding the entire gospel. God placed Adam in second place, over all the earth, but He did not place him equal with God. Adam had to be under God’s authority. When God made Adam and gave him a place of great honour and magnitude, He still wanted Adam to reverence the authority of God. He wanted Adam to have a holy reverence for the Word of God, so God put Adam in second place. God is still in first place.

This same principle is taught in GEN 41:40-41. Joseph was placed in second place, "Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt." It was the same situation in which Adam was placed, with all power except that he must still respect the authority of the One above him. That is the significance of the difference between man and the rest of creation. God wanted to be glorified. God created man for His own glory. How is God glorified in the creation of man? Man, even though he was exalted to such honour and glory, would bow to the authority of God and honour Him.

"And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; and he made him to ride in the second chariot [Pharaoh reserved the first chariot for himself.] which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt." God reserved the first chariot, which is the place of authority, for Himself.

Why is this principle so important? When we understand this, we understand what happened when man fell. Then we will understand that the gospel is to bring man back under the authority of the Word of God. When man rebelled, he fell from this place of honour wherein God had placed him.

God gave Adam commandments, which Adam had to obey. Eternal life was to be the reward of obedience. He would live in such a splendid place with all authority in his hands, second only to God Himself. One of the first commandments God gave man (Adam) was to keep His Sabbath Day holy.

God did not place Adam in the Garden of Eden to sit and relax in the sun. He was given work; he must keep the garden. God gave Adam the commandment to keep God’s day of rest for the purpose of worshipping God. We see this in GEN 2:1-3. "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it [that is, He set it apart as holy]: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

God set the Sabbath apart as holy, different from the other days. The seventh day was set aside by the Lord to honour God. Adam was to follow the example set forth by God. God worked six days, but He rested on the seventh from all His work. God not only set aside that day, He made it holy. To understand the glory and dignity of the Sabbath, we learn it was necessary for man’s good. The Lord saw that man should have a day of repose from all his labours; a day in which he would not have to work. This same principle comes through in HEB 4:9 where we read, "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God." This word "rest" comes from the root word "sabbaton" in the Greek, which means "the Sabbath, or weekly repose from all secular avocations."

In MAR 2:27-28, Jesus tells the Pharisees, "The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath." Man was made on the sixth day, and then, God sanctified the seventh day. Man was made before the Sabbath; the Sabbath was made for man. God saw that man needed a day of repose from his secular labours, but man also needed a day set aside to honour God. It was not only set aside; it was also sanctified and hallowed. In other words, it became a holy day set aside for the sole purpose of serving the Lord. The Lord Jesus said, "...the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath."

God could have called all creation into being at an instant. When He said, "Let there be light," He could just as well have included everything at once. God chose not to do that, but He demonstrated His will to distribute our work over six days to be followed by a day of rest. The Sabbath is a day when we are moved away from all our earthly labours. This day of rest does not only mean that we stop working on Sunday, it also means that our hearts, our minds, and our souls are resting from all our labours. We no longer work, but neither do we allow our hearts and minds to be filled with thoughts of our work. The day is sanctified and set aside as holy. This day of repose was to rest from all labour and to be set aside as holy unto the Lord, not to do our own pleasure but to honour the Lord. We are not to spend the day playing games or engage in other forms of our pleasure.

Let me read that to you in ISA 58:13. "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord." Entertaining ourselves is not keeping His day holy. From God’s commandments we read in EXO 20:8-11, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Do you see the importance of the words in verse 8, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy"? God hallowed the Sabbath in eternity before man ever fell. We are to remember the Sabbath. We are to call it a delight, the holy of the Lord. Do you see that principle? Now we know what God wants us to do on His day. It is a day of delight, holy unto the Lord, honourable, a day to honour Him.

Man was not formed for the pleasure of this world nor for seven days’ toil a week, but only six--not merely for secular pursuits but for the honour of God. Adam was assigned his work to do in the Garden of Eden; he was not to be idle. GEN 2:15-16 says, "And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Now Adam could rest from all his work in the Garden that God had given him to do. Adam could lay aside his toils and labours for a day--a holy day set-aside to worship and honour God. On the Lord’s day, we shouldn’t be talking about, thinking about, or doing our business or pleasure.

The Sabbath was not set aside to be spent entertaining ourselves in the pleasures of this world. ISA 58:13-14 says, "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it."

God made man for His own honour and set aside one day out of every seven in eternity, in the creation, for His honour. Adam was not to spend his days in idleness. Instead, he was given the work of caring for the trees of the Garden. He had to dress and keep the Garden. Then verse 16 continues, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat." Adam had the freedom to eat of any and all the trees of the Garden, except one.

If man would be submissive to God’s rightful place in the first chariot, he would bow to the authority of God’s Word and honour His right to decide what is right or wrong. Like Joseph riding in the second chariot behind Pharaoh, Adam had to be willing to accept second place. He had to be willing to obey God. We must see the authority of the Word of God if we are to rightly understand the gospel, because that is where the power of the gospel is found. It is based on the authority of His Word. God tested Adam. Would Adam obey? Adam was king of the earth; God did not require Adam to do something very difficult to prove he would obey. (God asked that obedience of the Lord Jesus Christ; Jesus had to voluntarily step into the wrath of the Father and into death to take away the penalty of our sin as an act of obedience.)

God asked only a small thing of Adam: to keep and dress the Garden, having the freedom to eat all of the fruit of the Garden with the exception of only one tree. That exception was the test of Adam’s obedience to God’s authority. The Lord was not unreasonable in His demands.

Today many people profess to believe in many different doctrines or philosophies. They are deciding what is right and what is wrong. God placed one special tree in the Garden, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was a test of obedience. Who would know what is right and what is wrong? Who will decide that question? Will you obey God, or will you be the one to decide? The only requirement God made of Adam was obedience to his commands.

GEN 2:9 says, "And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Adam could eat of the tree of life. Caring for it was part of his work in caring for the Garden.

 

How did God choose to prove man, to establish his submission and his willingness to ride in the second chariot? GEN 2:17 answers the question. "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." What did God do? He told Adam and Eve that if they would obey Him, they would live forever as ruler of the earth, but if they disobeyed Him, they would die. Disobedience carried the death penalty. This penalty was so severe because disobedience was and is a challenge to the authority of God and His Word. Adam and Eve were tested to see if they would reverence His authority. They had to honour the authority of God. The tree’s name meant the right to decide who and what is right and what is wrong or evil. Would Adam be submissive to God who reserved that right for Himself? God told Adam he would not only lose his right to ride in that second chariot, but he would die if he ate of that forbidden tree.

Adam’s disobedience was not only slighting God’s will, but it was slighting the authority of His Word! God is so jealous of His Word. If you or I disobey God, it isn’t only His Word that we have slighted, but we have slighted His authority. It is as if we proclaimed that we do not have to listen to God. That is rebellion. It is a lesson we must learn.

In MAT 5:18-19 Jesus said, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Do you see the importance of obeying even the least or smallest commandments? Adam was given such a small commandment; he could eat of any and all of the good fruits provided except for one tree’s fruit. The Lord did not lay a grievous burden upon Adam. His command was to not touch just one tree to prove a willingness to obey. In this passage of Scripture, the Lord is teaching us that we may never slight a little commandment. The punishment is so great because slighting His law slights the Lawgiver.

It may have seemed like such a small thing to Adam to not eat of one tree. What was the difference between one tree and another? It was a matter of great importance. Would Adam obey God? Death came as the result of their decision to determine what was right and wrong themselves rather than allowing God that right. Sometimes the smallest sin is the greatest sin. Why? We are willing to slight God for such a trifling matter.

God often uses His smallest creatures to remind us of His authority. MAT 26:73-75 says, "And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly." The crow of that little rooster reminded Peter of Jesus’ words. The Lord used something insignificant, the voice of a rooster, as His minister to remind Peter of what He had told him.

Sometimes in our lives, the Lord uses the smallest things to remind us of the authority of His Word. Consider the barking of a dog. Has it ever entered your mind that when you hear a dog bark it should remind us of what God has spoken to us? God uses every one of His creatures to bring to our remembrance what He has commanded us. See how he uses His servant as His watchman who is to blow the trumpet when he sees the enemy, or someone who ought not to be there, coming. A watchdog will bark when a stranger comes; he is telling us something is different or not right.

The duty of the watchman is to blow the trumpet when he sees the enemy. JER 6:16-17 says, "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken."

What was the enemy that must cause God’s watchmen to blow the trumpet? Sin! Could there be a more formidable enemy? ISA 58:1 tells us, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." God’s greatest watchmen lift up their voices like trumpets to show His people their sins. The sound of a trumpet should remind us of God’s watchmen who warn against sin trying to enter our lives and hearts.

So now how should the barking of a dog remind us of God’s warning against walking in sin? Turn to ISA 56:10. "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb (speechless) dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber." The Lord used the barking of a dog to remind us of a watchman. The Lord is grieved when the watchman is dumb, speechless, and does not do his duty; He has a controversy with those watchmen who do not warn of sin approaching the camp. They have not reminded the people of the authority of God’s Word.

These watchmen, the rooster and the dog, are examples of God’s instruments to warn us. They are God’s servants to cause us to remember the authority of His Word.

Think of how God the Father exalted His dear Son for His reverence for the authority of His Word. Learn that nothing is more pleasing to the Lord than man having a holy reverence for His Word. In PHI 2:8-11 we read, "And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore [on account of such submission and obedience and reverence for the holy will of the Father] God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

All this honour was given to such humble obedience. He was so humble and willing to honour the authority of His Father that now the Father was glorified in rewarding His Son for the Lord Jesus Christ as His reward for such humble obedience. Do you understand where Christianity is found? PSA 112:1 says, "Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments." What does the word "feareth" mean? It is to have a holy respect for His will, to have a holy reverence for the will of God. In humble obedience and holy respect, Christianity is found.

Now after Jesus Christ has been so exalted for such humble obedience, stop and think about PSA 138:2. "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." Look how the name of Jesus has been exalted, and how that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow. Every human being will bow at the name of Jesus; it has been exalted to that great a degree. Now see where the Word of God is compared with that exalted NAME of Christ! God spoke and by His Word, the world came into being. Now do you and I, who are created by God, dare to show disrespect for His Word? His Word is magnified and exalted above all His name. When we slight the authority of God’s Word, we trample on the Word of God. We are trampling upon the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. REV 19:13 tells us, "And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God." The Word of God is His name!

Take notice how THE WORD is to be glorified in the gospel! From the creation, we learn that God created all things for His glory. It is for the glorification and exaltation of His Word and the authority of His Word that God created all things. JOH 1:1-3 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." It was God that spoke; the Word was God. The authority of His Word created all things God created. We must see and understand the magnitude and holiness of that Word.

Through the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the deity of our Saviour is the very key with which this fourth gospel, the Gospel of John, is opened. This divine relationship unveils the glory He had before the world began. The Lord Jesus Christ, Whose name is the WORD OF GOD, the second person of the Trinity, was with God. He was God. Jesus said in JOH 17:4-5, "I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." Jesus did what the Father had commanded Him to do; He obeyed and reverenced the authority of God, the Father. Do you see what we must understand about the Word of God? We must honour it as God Himself; Jesus came down to earth to earn salvation for His church, and He has returned to the same glory that He had with the Father before the world was. We must recognize the authority and glory of the Word with which He created the world.

The gospel of John does not begin with Jesus as the Son of David nor as the Son of Man, but as the Eternal Son of God. There are four gospels: Matthew begins with His kingship; Luke sees Christ as the Son of Man; Mark sees Christ as the lowly Servant of the Father, but John saw Christ as the Son of God. This fourth gospel takes us back into eternity, before the creation, to show that the eternal Son of God had no beginning; He is co-eternal with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Through words, we are able to understand each other. If two people sit silently and look at each other, they probably have no idea what the other is thinking. Words convey what is inside. It is by words that we express ourselves.

"In the beginning was the Word," and when we talk about the Word of God, we must understand that the Word is an expression. The Word of God then is Deity expressing itself in audible terms! It is by Christ, the Word, that the true character and person of God is revealed.

"And the Word was God" teaches us that THE WORD OF GOD is not only the revealer of God, but God revealed! THE WORD was from eternity and throughout all eternity ever remains to be none other than God Himself. The Word is God Himself, brought forward, revealed. This is why it is so important that when we read the Word of God, we don’t slight the least commandment. We should not slight the least thing that is written in the Word of God because the Word of God is God, the revelation of God Himself. "The same was in the beginning with God" assures us that not only is our Saviour the One through whom and by whom the Deity expresses Himself in audible terms, but He is co-eternal and co-equal with The Father and the Holy Spirit.

"All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made," teaches us the authority of THE WORD! It is so important that we understand the power and authority of the Word. The Psalmist speaks of the creation in PSA 33:6-7, "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses."

This expression, "By the Word of the Lord," clearly teaches that the Lord spoke through the person of the Lord Jesus Christ when He said, "Let there be light … Let there be a firmament ... Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear ... Let the earth bring forth grass ... Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years ... Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven ... Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind ... [and] Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth," GEN 1:3-26. All these things were spoken into being in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, because the Word was God and by Him all things were made.

The Word of God tells us that the Lord Jesus Christ spoke all creation into being. Do you see the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ? He is the Word. In EPH 3:8-10, the Apostle Paul says, "Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God." Whatever the Lord Jesus Christ speaks, we must hold His words in holy reverence and respect.

Stop to consider that a word is a medium of manifestation. It is the means whereby we carry our thoughts across to others. You have a thought which is unknown to others, but when you clothe that thought with words, it is revealed. We are now talking about the mysteries that were revealed which had been kept secret from the beginning of the world. When the Lord Jesus Christ came, He took those thoughts of God and clothed them with words. That is the Word of God. His unknown thoughts are now revealed.

Words make unknown thoughts objective, i.e., the ambitions, designs, goals, or intentions, motives and purposes or reasons of unknown and unseen thoughts are revealed by words. If I want you to get up and do something, I must convey that message through words. That is what the Lord did. He used His Word to reveal His will. As THE WORD, Christ has made manifest the invisible God. The Lord Jesus Christ revealed that which is invisible using the Word.

 

The Lord Jesus Christ is designated as the Word because He is God’s medium of manifesting Himself, i.e., it is through Christ that God speaks unto us. See this in HEB 1:1-2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." The Lord Jesus Christ is the Creator, the Word that spoke everything into being. Then the Lord Jesus Christ personally came and by words conveys to us the will of the Father.

Christ spoke of Himself as God’s Spokesman in REV 1:8, "I am Alpha and Omega," which means, "I am God’s Alphabet. I spell out Deity. I utter all God has to say." Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, omega the last. Never think God speaks outside His Word. Christ is the beginning and end of all. The Lord is so jealous of His Word. He will often direct us into His will or decree by His providence, our inclinations, or even in a dream -- but He does not speak to us outside of His Word. Many people will say, "The Lord told me," or "The Lord showed me." Where? Was it in His Word?

This is what we see in the testimony of JOH 1:18, "No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." The Lord Jesus Christ in our human nature has now become the true reflection of the person and character of God. He perfectly fulfilled the purpose of God’s creation; He was the expressed image of His person. That is why Jesus said in JOH 14:7, "If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him." Jesus is the perfect reflection, the perfect representative of the Father.

This word "declared" means "to tell out." It is the same in the original as we find in ACT 15:14, "Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name." We find the same word in ACT 21:19, "And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry." He revealed or brought forth the knowledge. That is how the Son has declared the Father. He did it through the Word. Do you see the magnitude of the Word?

Christ is the One who has made the mysterious God known--He is the express image of His person in our human nature. ROM 16:25 says, "Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began." These mysteries, unknown since the beginning of the world, were declared and revealed by the Lord Jesus Christ who is the Word of God.

One of the main lessons we learn from Genesis 1 and 2 is that God, by the authority of His Word, brought all things into being. If God, by His Word, created the world, do you and I dare to question the authority of His Word, or slight the least of His commandments? Do we dare to slight even the smallest commandment in His Word? Can we say one part of Scripture is not important? Oh, we must tremble at the thought of showing irreverence for the Word of God by disobeying it. We should understand the power and holiness of His Word. Our Saviour cautions us in MAT 5:17-20 "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Amen.


These on-lines sermons are a ministry of Gospel Chapel located in Conrad, Montana. We also have a daily devotion. For a list of sermons on cassette please visit our on-line tape catalog. See also, our sermon notes.

We pray this sermon has been a blessing to those who read it. If you share this sermon with a friend, please let us know. Thank you.

Gospel Chapel
Books Sermons Tapes Today's Devotion
Devotion Archives Scripture Reference Index Sermon Archives
Home About Us Contact Us Links