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The Word of Christ

by on May 15, 2013

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:17

 

There are a lot of pithy sayings we use whose origins are obvious, and yet we probably are not aware of how they started. You have heard the statement ‘crossed paths’ in a context of referring to individuals who come together, maybe unplanned. This week our memory verse and our today’s daily Bible reading really ‘crossed paths’ for me. From 2 Kings 22-23 we have the refreshing story of the young king Josiah, who discovers the Law of God that had been sorely neglected. Upon having it read he is moved to realize that Israel had completely forsaken and ignored all that God had asked of them. The Word of God was so powerful to him that he forcefully removed all semblance of idol worship and apostasy and instead instituted the keeping of God’s Word for his people.

Along with this, they renewed the Mosaic Covenant and celebrated the Passover and it was said, “not since the days of the Judges nor throughout the days of the kings of Israel and the kings of Judah, had any such Passover been observed”.  All this from simply reading God’s Word and responding to the Spirit’s prompting in his heart, and Josiah is remembered as one of the godliest men who led the people of Israel.

This week’s verse, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Rom. 10:17) is a powerful reminder of the power of the Word of Christ and the results it brings. Through the simple message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ lives are redeemed for eternity, sins are forgiven, peace with God is given and hope for each day is discovered. All from hearing and responding to the Word of God. Never underestimate the power of God’s Word, even when all seems lost, when it seems a person would never respond, God through His power can use His Word to change a life, a family and a community. In order for the Word to be heard, it must be proclaimed and that is why we are here and you have a part each day in this wonderful privilege.

Pastor Jim

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