The Word of God & All Things
The Word of God is the sole means the Holy Spirit uses and relies upon to sanctify those in Christ (1 Cor. 2:10-16). This ought not surprise us. Words are spirit and they impact our spirit (John 6:63). Therefore, it makes logical sense that the Holy Spirit’s modus operandi for sanctification would be first and foremost in our spirit by virtue of words. In fact, the Spirit is called “the Spirit of truth” (John 16:13). These words are not man’s words therefore not the world’s words (1 Cor. 3:18-20). Man must operate in an ordained world. Man is created in the image of God and after His likeness and even though this image is marred and fallen; he must communicate and operate on a spirit level. Nay, these words are the Word of God (1 The. 2:13). The Spirit, therefore, utilizes the Word of God to sanctify the believer. Therefore, the Word of God is powerful and is the effectual means (or only means) to accomplish God’s purpose, intent, and end. It provides the perspective that isn’t natural, but supernatural. A perspective that is divine and out-of-this-world. Since the Word of God is the sole means of sanctifying the believer and conforming the believer to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:28) everything we experience and/or go through or face and/or ever could face are platforms to manifest the Word of God and the perspective, spirit, and attitude we gain from it. Therefore, all things of life are empty vessels in which are designed and intended by God to be filled with Him. In truth, all things are for those in Christ who are led by the Spirit in His teaching ministry of the Word of God (1 Cor. 3:21-23). We are the carries of the Word of God and all it provides to fill these empty vessels of circumstance, situations, business, marriage, friendship, parenthood, government, dreams, aspirations, goals and so on. These things and many others in and of themselves are empty apart from their ordained wisdom intended to fill them. Solomon spoke of them as the vanity of vanities (Ecc. 1:1-3). Their original design was not to be empty but to be filled by their Father and Maker God.
The Word of God & More Things
After the fall, man took these things and either left them empty or filled them with anything but what they were intended to hold and bear (Rom. 1:18-32). This was the epitome of ungodliness. Moreover, shortly after the creation of these things: chance, chaos, sufferings, pain, deceit, murder, and hate entered as results from the fall, sin, and death. Ecclesiastes speaks of how all these things are sore travails that man is exercised by (Ecc. 1:12-18). As man is acquainted with these things, experiences them, and gets to know them all too well, they are designed to educate those exercised by them. The lesson of such exercise? These things of themselves yield nothing of eternal value. They are vain in and of themselves and remain vain as man attempts to fill them with their own wisdom instead of their intended wisdom from God. The wisdom of God by the Word of God is so dynamic, so powerful (Heb. 4:12), so mighty (2 Cor. 10:3-6), so excellent (Php. 3:8) that it provides those who are exercised by it to have all things work (Rom. 8:28). To have all things no longer be in vain, empty, and useless; but rather, to work for good. They are able to work for His goodness. These empty vessels designed by God are intended to be filled with His knowledge, understanding, perspective, attitude, feeling, and emotion all for and unto His goodness and glory. In fact, this is the only way these things work for good, work unto a purpose, when filled by His Word working in us to prove His design (Rom. 12:1-2).
This understanding and the process of God’s Word in us effectually working to fill the empty vessels of all things is not only grand, but generates by-products to be throughly enjoyed, namely: joy, glory, happiness, contentment, peace, delight, and pleasure.
Glory & The Word of God
With this understanding, whether it be an initial, brief, a long-lasting thought, or currently one’s present understanding it continues to call for the same fruit of response from us; that is, to magnify His word above His name (Ps. 138:2), to glorify the Word of the Lord, allow its free course (2 The. 3:1), to study the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15), to meditate upon it, give ourselves wholly to it (1 Tim. 5:15-16), and to let it dwell in us richly (Col. 3:16). These are not passive, lackluster, wishful exhortations. Rather, they are issues we ought to commit to, be responsible for, and actively engage in because we know what His Word can do and is designed to do. Moreover, we ought to handle God’s Word honestly, sincerely, and properly (2 Cor. 2:17; 2 Cor. 4:1-2) not only because of what it can yield in this life, but one day soon, maybe shortly, in the twinkling of an eye when Christ, the living Word of God, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory (Col. 3:1-4). The One Who will judge us, reward us, and manifest Himself in us with not only a redeemed body (Rom. 8:23), but a body manifesting the measures of how much of Him we have in us in splendid, bright glory (1 Cor. 15:38-41; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; 2 Cor. 4:14-18; Php. 3:20-21). Therefore, the Word of God not only provides promise in the life that now is by us taking His Word and filling up all things, but as we participate we are being conformed into the image of Christ and becoming godly: thinking the way God thinks, living the way God lives and laboring with Him in His business. This is what we will give an account of at the judgment seat of Christ (Rom. 14:7-12). Had we filled all things with the Word of God or with our natural, fleshly, worldly means? Therefore, the Word of God is our lifeline, it is everything to us and for us, it is our life. If we are indifferent to the Word of God and not “giving ourselves” to it, then what confidence do we have? We should have no confidence in the source of the world to fill up all things with. I pray you let the Word of Christ dwell in you and that richly!
Josh Strelecki, Pastor-Teacher