Sunday, June 28, 2020
“Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever.” (1st Peter 1:22-23)
Here is something to consider; just as we owe our natural existence to the Creator’s spoken word and the life-giving breath, so we owe our New Birth to the power of God’s Word and the Holy Spirit’s activation of its power.
God’s intent for our created being is only completely fulfilled when our spirits are alive toward Him. As sin has produced spiritual death in people (Ephesians 2:1-3), so salvation in Jesus Christ has provided spiritual life. This text tells us that the “seed” that has produced new life to us is the Word of God, which has begotten us again by the Holy Spirit’s power (Titus 3:5) and made us members of God’s new creation (2nd Corinthians 5:17).
The power of God’s Word – the Holy Scriptures – is in no way more manifest then in this; it’s power to bring spiritual life to all who open to its truth. James 1:18 elaborates the fact that God’s “word of truth” is the means by which He brought us new life, emphasizing that He has done this as a direction of His own will.
This regenerating power of God’s Word is what ushers us to a new level of natural life, but more important, it is what accelerates to a new higher level of spiritual life.
You are loved, Pastor Don