Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Power of the Word

1 Peter 1:22-25

22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,

“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
And this is the word that was preached to you.

Peter brings up the power of the Word of God and their obedience to it. Peter says three things about the Word of God.

1. They have been born again through the Word of God. As they heard the Word about Jesus, who was the Word made flesh, they have been given the power to live a new life. As they go through their trials, Peter wants them to remember who they are and where their true identity comes.

2. Even though most living things like flowers and grass wither and fade, the Word of God endures forever. The Word is living and enduring. Though they may see sinful men prospering, eventually they will wither and fade. That is why he urges them to love one another.

3. Finally, Peter points to where this word came from, the preaching of the gospel. There is power in the preaching of the Word. As the Word is preached, the Holy Spirit plants the Word in our hearts.

So what can we say? The Word of God has power. Power to save and power to being new life. As believers as we trust in the Word, our lives are transformed by it. And of course when we hear the word and obey it, there is the power of God to withstand any trial. When we face trials as we remember and call upon the a Word, victory is certain.

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