“THE WORD OF LIFE”
“Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.” (Philippians 2:16)
The lifeless figure of a man lay stretched out on the earth. But then an unseen figure of someone much more than a man bent over the lifeless man and breathed into his nostrils, and the man became a living soul. Yes, Adam’s very first breath was passed to him by the LORD Himself. In theological reality, this is referred to as “Inspiration.” Looking at this operation from a literal perspective, God actually imparted some of His own life so that His creation could actually live and operate as He had designed and planned. Inspiration means “God breathed”; therefore, when life happens it is because God caused it to happen.
When we consider spiritual life, we are told this too comes as an act of God. Spiritually speaking, we are just like the lifeless figure of Adam as he lay upon the earth. Something (and someone) had to impart to us inspiration to give us the spiritual life we need. We must have the breath of God from a source outside of ourselves. God, in His infinite wisdom, made this provision possible from two irrefutable sources: the written Word and the living Word. The written Word, is of course, the Bible. The living Word is, without controversy, the Lord Jesus Christ. Both are unmistakably the sources of life (and for life) for all who are dead in trespasses and sins (cf Ephesians 2:1). The written Word (Bible) is alive and therefore capable of giving life to that which is dead, “For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
Jesus Christ is identified as the living Word, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:1,14). It is Jesus who gives us spiritual life, that is, He gives to us part of His own self (His life) when He died, was buried, and rose again the third day. It is His spirit that dwells within us as Christians. “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). You know, of course, about being “Born Again” (cf John 3:3). Jesus told Nicodemus, “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). There we have a perfect example of our word “inspiration”, i.e., “God breathed.” God the Son literally breathed into us the Spirit that originated within Himself and causes us (as did God with Adam) to become a living Spirit. Thus we are born again through the Word (written) and the Word (living) the Lord Jesus Christ. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;” (I John 1:1).Pastor H. Preston Parker