north shore christian centre – home bible study notes
studying the word of god
To understand the importance of speaking God’s eternal Word we must go back to Genesis.
V Genesis 1:1-3 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
It is very important for us to note that before God spake into the expanse, His Spirit first moved upon it. The word “moved” means to brood as a hen might brood over her eggs. It is the Spirit of the Lord that prepared the expanse to receive the Word.
Paul explains in this next verse how that ministering (speaking) the new testament without the spirit can destroy or literally “put to death”. It is the Spirit that makes the difference, and quickens the Word so it comes alive!!
V 2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
We must be careful how we speak the Word of the Lord, it must be seasoned with grace and coupled together with mercy.
V Psalms 85:10 Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
V John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
We must know the Spirit of the Word. What does this mean? We understand God’s word not by the learning of the mind only, but by the revelation of the Spirit. In the born again experience it is the Spirit that reveals the Heavenly Father not our knowledge and understanding. (Matt 16:17)
Paul refers to the act of creating the light in the beginning as being compared to the work of salvation in our hearts.
V 2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
V Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
For next week can you identify how speaking the Word of the Lord is an integral part of our Journey of Faith?