God makes his will known in various ways, but above all through his Word, both written and spoken. Through the Bible we have access to all the knowledge we need about God and by listening to God’s voice we can gain a deeper understanding of Scripture. Moses, the Prophets, and the Apostles had a special mission to write down the Word of the Lord and all the teaching that God wants to pass on to us human beings. Without adding or subtracting, these Words of God are now to be proclaimed and preached to all peoples, so that all people may hear the message of salvation in Jesus. Those who receive the Word of God in their hearts and allow their lives to be transformed will gradually become more and more like Jesus Christ, who is described in the Bible as “The Word of God“.
“1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.” (Ge 1:1–3)
“1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … 14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn 1:1, Jn 1:14)
“2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” (Heb 1:2)
“13He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.” (Re 19:13)
“19He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and rules to Israel.” (Ps 147:19)
“14How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Ro 10:14–17)
“20knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pe 1:20–21)
“12They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the Lord of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the Lord of hosts.” (Zec 7:12)
“13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” (1 Ti 4:13)
“97Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Ps 119:97)
“11Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.” (Ac 17:11)
“2And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,” (Ac 17:2)
“13And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” (1 Th 2:13)
“20And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.” (Mk 16:20)
“7And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.” (Ac 6:7)
“2preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.” (2 Ti 4:2)
“20But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”” (Mk 4:20)
“18I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, 19and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.” (Re 22:18–19)
- How important is the Word of God to you?
- How often should you read or listen to the Word of God?
- How are we the “doers” of the word and not just its “hearers”?
- How best to communicate the Word of God to our fellow human beings?
- What is a “preacher”?
- In what way is Jesus the Word of God?
Additional Bible Verses
Jas 1:22-25, Luke 11:27-28, Jer 25:3, 2 Chron 34:21, 2 Pet 3:16, 2 Tim 3:15, 2 Tim 2:15, Acts 18:28, 1 Cor 4:6, Acts 6:2, Isa 55:11