One of the most treasured gifts God has given the human race is His written Word. The Bible as we have it today. His Word is full of truth and blessing for those who follow Him. The Holy Spirit brings has helped me throughout my years of digging in the Word discover the benefits of this priceless gift.
First of all, Jesus in the Book of Matthew calls the Word seed.
In Matthew 4:4, 14 4 as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up.. 14 The sower sows the word. The Word is seed through which one is born again as we see in… I Peter 1:23
I Peter 1:23 says “for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God”.
If you are gardener and like to spend your time planting plants, you know that in order to grow plants you must plant the seed, correct? When you take the time to plant your seed underground, as just a short time passes, you start to notice the miraculous potential for plant life. God’s Word is much like seeds. Jesus taught in Matthew that the Word was like a seed. In Peter’s epistle, he indicates that it is through the Word of God that one is born again. Now, Peter was not talking about an actual bible that has chapter’s and verses, but what he is saying is that God’s words to man bring about life when we submit ourselves to Jesus as Savior of our life.
We know God’s Word is life by looking at.. Philippians 2:16.
Philippians 2:16 says “holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain”.
The Word not only gives life to us, but it also sustains life. Going back to gardening, when we plant seed and it begins to grow, our next step is to care for it. We do this by watering the plant on a consistent basis. We also purchase plant food to sustain the soil. Much like this, God’s Word sustains by frequent watering and the provision of food for the soil of our hearts. If you look in… Ephesians 5:26.
Ephesians 5:26 says “so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word”.
Paul, the author of the Epistle of Ephesians in context is speaking about the universal church. In this case, the Church is also cleansed by the washing of water with the word. If you are a follower of Jesus as the Lord of your life, you are a member of His Body.
In Mark 4:4 Jesus says “But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’” In the Gospel of Mark, God’s word is likened to food – in this case bread. In the Scriptures, God’s Word is also likened to milk and solid food as well.
If you turn to Hebrews 5:12-14
Hebrews 5:12-14 reads “12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Instead of the example using plants and seeds, God through his Word utilizes a different imagery. God uses milk and solid food. Many of you who are parents can remember what it was like to hold your child in your arms for the very first time. Thoughts were racing through your head about how precious that little one was in your arms. Shortly, you notice the baby craving something over and over again. Babies crave milk from the mother to fill them up and sustain them. As babies crave milk, God is teaching us that we should crave pure spiritual milk so that we grow in our salvation and our walk with God. The word “crave” translated in the greek means “earnestly desire greatly, or to greatly long after”. This means we are to continue to keep an appetite for God’s Word to ensure spiritual growth. This is actually commanded if you look in I Peter 2:2.
I Peter 2:2 reads “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation”.
The Word of God is also likened to life and health.
If you look at Proverbs 4: 20-22. It reads 20 “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Do not let them depart from your sight; Keep them in the midst of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them And health to all their body.
The word “health” here in verse 22, can also be translated medicine or remedy. His Word has an effect on our spirits and souls, just like medicine does to our natural sick body. The Word of God is also indicated to be alive or living. This means that if God’s Word is living, it does a work in us as we hunger and thirst for it. It changes us more into the image of Christ.
Turn to Hebrews 4:12. It reads 12 “For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and )spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart”.
His word is alive or living and it’s at work in us. One of the ways His Word works in us is by impeding our sinning. Then His Word also sanctifies us.
Psalm 119:9-11 9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. 10 With all my heart I have sought You; Do not let me wander from Your commandments. 11 Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You”.
When we treasure His Word in our hearts, when we allow it to soak and permeate our hearts and then hold onto his Word, we become less prone to sin.
John 17:17 17 reads “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth”.
God’s Word also sanctifies us. When we yield ourselves to Him and His Word, we are sanctified by the washing of the Word. In closing, I encourage you to discipline yourselves in His Word, so that you may enjoy the deep communication between you and the Savior. By doing so, you will reap the benefits of His Word.