Lay Up God's Word In Your Heart Collection
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1
When most think of the Word they think of the Bible. But we are informed that the Word has been from the beginning. Berry's Interlinear Greek-English New Testament translates John 1:1 this way:
"In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and God was the Word."
This reveals a very simple, but profound, truth: God was the Word from the very beginning. The Word existed before the flesh creation. God is the Word and God is Spirit, therefore the Word that was from the beginning is Spirit.
The word beginning is the Greek word ARCHE and means "the root, the first or the origin of something." The Word was in the beginning, or the Word was the root, the origin of all things - - -and God is the Word. Since nothing existed before the Word, we can safely say that the Word is God the Father, the origin of all things. The Word then was the Spirit of life in the beginning, the origin of all things. John further records:
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." John 1:14
The words in the parentheses ( ) are there to bring further understanding of what is being spoken, but are not necessarily part of the Scripture. When we leave out those words, this Scripture reads:
"And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, full of Grace and Truth." John 1:14
It was the Word that was full of Grace and Truth. Grace is the "divine influence in our lives that reflects the life of God through us." The beloved John informs us:
"Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth:" John 16:13
We know it is the Spirit of truth which reveals all truth to us. John goes on to say:
"For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1:17
Grace and truth came into the earth by Jesus Christ. Jesus was not that grace and truth, He was only the vessel God used to bring grace and truth to His creation, man. The Psalmist writes:
"For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89
The word settled means "to set over or establish His Word." The Word is eternal in the heavens, the unlimited Spiritual realm of God. God manifested the Spiritual Word in Jesus when the Word became flesh and came and dwelt among men. Jesus became the Word made flesh. We, too, are to become the living Word of God.
In his second letter to Timothy, Paul revealed a truth that is hard for the finite, carnal mind to understand, and we can only accept it as a revealed truth through the Spirit.
"Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began." II Timothy 1:9
Our calling in Christ Jesus was before the world began and it was according to His own purpose and grace. Our pre-existence in God was in Christ Jesus. When Paul wrote to the Romans, he shed more understanding in this unlimited realm of God and how God established all things from the beginning in Himself, and how we were predestined and foreknown by God.
"For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called: and whom He called, them He also justified: and whom He justified, them He also glorified." Romans 8:29-30
As we accept the fact that we were foreknown and predestined in God and that our calling in Him was before the foundation of the world, we understand what Paul wrote: "The gifts and calling of God are without repentance," Romans 11:29. We can be assured that God did not predestine us to do the job He has for us to do without first preparing us to do it. For we were called of God to be and to do. If we yield ourselves to His purpose for our lives, He will accomplish that job through us. [see "God's Plan and Purpose in Predestination" and "Sealed With the Holy Spirit of Promise" by George Kirkpatrick]
We know He is the way, the truth, and the life. As we allow His life, and His truth to be manifested through us, He will provide the way - - - and the way is through the Word that was from the beginning.
The word made is the Greek word GINOMAI and means "to become something." God sent His only Son, born of woman, and while He dwelt in His flesh (the same flesh we dwell in), He became the Word of God.
"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Romans 8:3
When the Word was made flesh, the Spirit of God was clothed upon with flesh. The Spiritual became one with the flesh. The Spirit of God was then manifested through the flesh of Jesus. What does all this mean to us?
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps." I Peter 2:21
The question down through the ages has been, "Could Jesus have sinned?" If Jesus could not have sinned then He could not have been an example to us. Jesus was born in sinful flesh, yet He was without sin. He is our example of the Spirit being manifested in the flesh and becoming the Word. Many believe Jesus was born perfect and was perfect from birth, needing to change nothing in His life. Yet, the writer of Hebrews tells us:
"Though He were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered." Hebrews 5:8
Though Jesus was a Spiritual Son, He needed to learn obedience to the Father's voice, just as we need to learn obedience to the Father's voice. This was accomplished in Jesus' life by the things He suffered. The writer of Hebrews also informs us:
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Hebrews 4:15
Jesus was tempted in all points as we are. Though He was tempted, He never allowed the temptation to become sin in His life. Jesus was tried in every area of His life, but because He did not fall into sin, He became our example of living a sin-free life.
Jesus did not allow the temptations of this life to alter the direction the Father had predestined for His life. We also need to stand against those temptations that the world has placed in our paths. What are the temptations of the world? Lust and Pride! The beloved John wrote:
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in Him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world." I John 2:15-16
When God allows us to be tried, we are tried in these three areas. We are tried through the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. When the Holy Spirit revealed that Jesus was tempted (tried) in all points as we are, He was tempted in these three areas. After Jesus was baptized by John, He was filled with the Holy Spirit.
"And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness." Luke 4:1
Mark recorded the above Scriptures as: "Immediately the Spirit driveth Him into the wilderness," Mark 1:12. There is one important lesson we must learn here: Jesus was not tested until He was filled with the Spirit.
Do you wonder why some Christians never seem to be tested or tried, why they go along without change in their lives? They just seem to be existing in God. These are good, moral, upright, honest people who would not think of missing a church service; but God never seems to require anything of them. They serve on all the committees and belong to all the organizations, but they never have any testings in their lives.
The answer is very simple: they are not endued with the Spirit. They have not come into the Baptism of the Cloven Tongues of fire that was given to cleanse, change, and purify us that we may be acceptable in the beloved. Many will say, "God does not speak to me." The reason for this is they have no spiritual ears to hear what our Father, the Spirit, is speaking to them.
As we begin to come into the knowledge of truth in these areas in which Jesus was tempted, we then see why Peter wrote that Jesus was our example.
THE LUST OF THE FLESH
"Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days He did eat nothing: and when they were ended, He afterward hungered. And the devil said unto Him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." Luke 4:2- 3
Satan spoke to Jesus, "If thou be the Son of God . . ." Before we can overcome satan's temptations in our lives, we must know who we are in God, but without the Holy Spirit we cannot know. Up until the time we receive the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives, we only have a mental knowledge of God, and a verbal faith. But when the Holy Spirit comes, we know without a doubt who we are, and so does satan. Satan is always there to bring doubt and fear. These are the tools of his trade, and he uses them very well.
It was not until Jesus was very hungry that satan tried to tempt him with food, knowing that eating is the most natural thing to do to fulfill the lust of the flesh. Many who claim to be Spirit-filled have no control over the appetite of the flesh: whether it be food, money, sex, or the things of the world. They give into every whim and desire of the flesh. Until we overcome the lust of the flesh we can never state as Jesus, "The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in Me." John 14:30
The lust of the flesh was the first point that Jesus had to overcome in His life, and this is the main area of our lives that it is so important that we overcome. We must learn not to fulfill the lust of the flesh by the word of satan.
If satan could have overcome Jesus with the lust of the flesh, He would have been as Esau, who sold his birthright for a bowl of beans. God stated of Esau: "I hated Esau . . ." Malachi 1:3. Jesus could have sold his birthright for a piece of bread. Satan will give us no more than necessary to pervert our way of life. What is your price?
THE LUST OF THE EYE
"And the devil, taking Him up into an high mountain, shewed unto Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto Him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." Luke 4:5-7
This Scripture is speaking of Christians that desire everything they see. This keeps God's people in bondage to debt. They desire everything the world has: to look like the world, to act like the world, and to glory in the things of the world. Yet, God's people will justify the lust of the eyes by proclaiming, "I believe God wants me to have all these things."
All the teachers of the prosperity message would have us believe that lusting and desiring after these things is the will of God. They teach that prospering means a full wallet, a new car, a bigger house, and a new wardrobe. This is not the message of the Word. John wrote:
"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." III John 1:2
Our prosperity in God is measured by good health, a prosperous soul, and knowing who we are in God. Maybe God wants all to be poor? Certainly not. We need to learn that prosperity in God does not come with a dollar sign in front of it.
There are two places we can come to in God. The first place is when we become His child. God has obligated Himself to meet all our needs according to His riches in glory, Philippians 4:19. The second place is:
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24
This is a place we can come to in God where He will give us what we desire. When we pray and believe, then we will receive what we desire. This is where most would cease to search the Scripture and begin confessing and professing all their lustful desires of this life. If God does not supply their desires, they rush out and fulfill that request to God by their own hand, proclaiming, "God has given this to me!" We can be assured, when God gives us something, it does not come with a payment book. The Scripture that most Christians seem to be willing to overlook is:
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask any thing according to His will, He heareth us." I John 5:14
We must learn to pray according to His will. The only way we can do this is to understand His will as Paul related to the Ephesians:
"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." Ephesians 5:17
The only way we can understand the will of the Lord is through the direction of the Holy Spirit anointing in our lives. We need to understand the Holy Spirit never operates through the lust of the eyes. Those who proclaim that God wants them to have all these things are giving in to the lust of the eyes. If we lust after the things of this life, it is a sin against God, as His Word declares.
Satan tried to tempt Jesus by offering Him all the kingdoms of the earth. Kingdoms are governments. Jesus did not argue with satan when he said they were his to give, because the kingdoms of this world are his to give. Satan reigns over worldly governments, but not over the earth. The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, Psalm 24:1. The worldly kingdoms are satan's, so do not sell out cheap to him. Do not sell out for a piece of bread, a pot of beans, or for all the kingdoms of the world.
THE PRIDE OF LIFE
"And he brought Him to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto Him, If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone." Luke 4:9- 11
Many are very proud of who they are in God, and what they have accomplished for God, and what God has done for them. They are so proud of their gifts of the Spirit and how God mightily moves through them that this is all they talk about. The proud need to heed the words of Paul to the Corinthians:
"For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?" I Corinthians 4:7
If we have received it, who have we received it from? And if we got if from someone, why are we so proud, as if it was something we obtained in ourselves? God is no respecter of persons, Acts 10:34. If God gave it to us, He can give it to someone else; and probably will, if we are lifted up in ourselves because we have it. He does not do things for us because we are better in His sight than anyone else. He does these things because He loves us.
Satan was trying to get Jesus to prove who He was in God. This temptation faces all who are walking and living in the Spirit. Jesus was tried in all points as we are tried - - - but He overcame. Why? Because He became the Word! He was the Word made flesh. He was the express image of the Father.
"Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high." Hebrews 1:3
How did Jesus uphold all things? It was by the Word of His power. His power was in the Word, the anointing, the Incarnate Word of God. The word incarnate means "a Spiritual being that was in existence before it was clothed in flesh."
As we study His Logos (written Word), we are informed of many things pertaining to His Rhema (spoken Word) and His Incarnate Word. The Incarnate Word existed before the written word or the spoken word. The Incarnate Word was in the beginning before God spoke anything into existence.
"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." Hebrews 11:3
The worlds were framed by the Word of God. The worlds were made of things that had no substance. It was the Incarnate Word that spoke the worlds into existence. God clothed that Word in flesh when He sent His only begotten Son to this earth to be the firstfruits of a new creation.
"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept." I Corinthians 15:20
When man sinned in the garden, he became dead in his sin. And man remains in his state of death, until He is resurrected in Christ. As Jesus was the Word made flesh, we, too, are to follow in His footsteps.
"Of His own will begat He us with the Word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures." James 1:18
We, too, are begotten of the Incarnate Word and are part of the Firstfruit Company who will be like Him when He appears, I John 3:2.
"But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at His coming." I Corinthians 15:23
As Christ was the firstfruit of this new creation, we are the firstfruits at His coming. Many believe Jesus is coming back in His flesh. If He did, the religious system would kill Him again. Paul informs us how Jesus will return:
"When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day." II Thessalonians 1:10
Jesus is returning to be glorified in His saints, These are His firstfruits who have become the Word, and have come into the image of the Son.
As Jesus prayed to the Father, He proclaimed:
"Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth." John 17:17
We are sanctified (set apart in the Spiritual realm) through the Truth. His Word is that Truth. The Word and the Truth are the same. When Jesus proclaimed, "Sanctify them through Thy Truth," the word through means "channel or by the way of." We can only be sanctified through the Holy Spirit of promise. The Holy Spirit is the channel in which our sanctification comes. All things God does, He does through the Holy Spirit, or the Incarnate Word which are one.
What do all these truths mean to us? It is God's desire that we awake out of our sleep and arise to our position in Him. This is not a mental ascent unto God, it is a spiritual ascent, and this is necessary so that we may be acceptable in the Beloved. We are to become the Word of Life. God has given us His Logos (written word), and He also speaks to us through the Rhema word (the spoken word). And as James revealed, we have received the engrafted word.
"Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls." James 1:21
The word engrafted means "implanted." God has implanted His Word in us in seed form. We need to allow that seed to germinate and grow up to consume the old, Adam nature, so we can become the Firstfruit Company of His new creation. In his letter to Titus, Paul informs us:
"Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world." Titus 2:12
We are to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world - - - not when we get to some far off place - - - not when Jesus comes again - - - but now in this present world - - - in this present time.
Jesus gave Peter the keys to the Kingdom. When we want to understand Kingdom truths, we can find them in the first and second books of Peter. Peter reveals:
"For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps." I Peter 2:21
Jesus left an example for the firstfruit company to follow. If we are to be part of His firstfruit company, then we must follow in His steps. We must become the Word. Yet many will proclaim, "I could never be like Jesus." John tells us that if we are not like Him when He appears, we shall never see Him, I John 3:2-3.
Jesus became the Spiritual Word while He walked in the flesh, being tempted by the things He suffered. We, too, are tempted; and suffer many things. When Paul wrote to Timothy, he related:
"Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." II Timothy 3:12
The church today wants nothing to do with suffering. They are not even willing to be uncomfortable while the Word of God is being taught to them. They must have total comfort and ease or they will not make a show of serving God. Yet, the Holy Spirit revealed through Paul:
"If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him." II Timothy 2:12
If Jesus is our example of the Christian life, then suffering and persecution are part of this life. But the common answer from Christians to this is that Jesus died so we do not have to go through any suffering or problems. However, it makes one wonder why Jesus stated, "The servant is not greater than His Lord," John 13:16. Peter also informs us:
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trials which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings: that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy." I Peter 4:12- 13
If Jesus learned obedience by the things He suffered, how are we to learn obedience to His Word? Jesus became the Word. We, too, must become the Word. It is revealed in Hebrews:
"For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe." Hebrews 5:13
If we are to become the Word, we must know the Word. The Psalmist writes:
"Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in Thy Word." Psalm 119:148
We must meditate in His Word after that we have filled ourselves with His Word.
"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." II Timothy 2:15
After we fill ourselves with the Word and meditate in the Word, we are then to study the Word to show ourselves approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. When we fill, meditate on, and study God’s Word we will thoroughly know the Word of Life - - - and will then be able to handle the Word skillfully. Jesus disclosed one final step in our becoming the Word.
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of Me." John 5:39
If we are to know Jesus and His example to us, we must search the Scriptures. The word think means "to form an opinion." If we are to form an opinion of what our promised eternal life in God is all about, then we must search the Scriptures. As we search the Scriptures, we discover that eternal life is dwelling in us as the Holy Spirit of God is given place. We must allow eternal life to grow up and consume that which is temporal.
The writer of Hebrews stated that everyone who uses milk is unskillful in the Word of righteousness for he is a babe. How long we have been a Christian does not determine if we are yet babes in Christ. That determination is made on whether we are skillful in the Word. God's Kingdom is not determined by seniority, but on our becoming the Word of Life.
When Jesus became the Word, He could state, "I only do what I see the Father doing, and I only say what I hear the Father saying."
Jesus was totally under the control of the Holy Spirit from the time He was baptized by John in the Jordan. From that point on, He became the Word. He became the Word through trials, temptations, tribulations, and by learning obedience to the voice of the Father.
Jesus came to a place in the Father where, when His disciples were concerned about Jesus not eating, He could positively state:
"My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work." John 4:34
When we come to this place in the Father, we will truly have become the Word. We have been sent, pre-ordained, foreknown, and called to achieve this place in Christ, but it is necessary for us to become the Living Word of God, dwelling in the flesh. When we accomplish this place in God, we will hear the Father proclaim:
"This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased."
We are a called generation of people. We must not only read and fill ourselves with the Word, we must meditate, study, and search the Scriptures if we are to become the Word.
The revelation in the words of Jesus, when tried by satan, must become our proclamation of life in Christ Jesus our Lord:
"And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." Luke 4:4
We must live by every Logos Word (written Word), every Rhema word (spoken word), and every Incarnate Word of Christ.
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It is our first step in "BECOMING THE WORD" of life.
As we practice the Word in our daily living, the reality of Christ in us, our hope in glory, will become our life.
"For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven." Psalm 119:89
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