The Vitality of God’s Word

A vital part of our life is our spiritual life. Our spiritual life is not fed with physical food. The eternal soul is not fed with corruptible food but eternal food. Our souls, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, are awakened, maintained, and encouraged by a heavenly meal, that is Scripture. This is what Scripture tells us, that the spiritual food which our souls are maintained by, is the Word through which God regenerates us.

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Rom 10:17 ESV)

We know that faith comes by hearing the Word of Christ (Rom 10:17). So it is important that our diet consists of a healthy dose of Christ, so that our souls would be well fed by him. Christ, we maintain, is our only life. He is the one we come to hear when we worship. Christ is whom we feed upon in the Lord’s Supper. So we must make diligent use of the means of grace that God has given us and not be lazy in our approach to them. We cannot take them for granted because they are not offered anywhere else but in the house of God. 

When we let ourselves be deceived and imagine  life is found anywhere apart from Christ, we have lost perspective on reality. Reality perceived apart from Christ is a corruptible perspective. In Christ, we have God’s wisdom, and in Christ we are able to rightly perceive our condition and God’s glory. Because in Christ, God has place the fullness of our life. Therefore when Christ is proclaimed by the instrument of God’s Word, all his graces are given to us. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph 1:3).

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places,” (Eph 1:3 ESV)

So it is shown that we must hold our churches to the highest standard of truth and purity. Our souls depend upon it. There is no other place of respite for us than in Christ, the Son of God. He alone gives our souls rest and brings peace to our life. When the Father has allowed us to be nourished in such a glorious means, of his only Son, we must avail ourselves to this means which is the preached Word of Christ and his Supper. Here is where we are called to come and be filled. To have our portion so that our souls will be filled and overflow into our lives manifested in love for God and our neighbors.

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