Sunday, June 13, 2021
“Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible through the word of God which lives and abides forever.” (James 1:12) These words speak of the regenerating power of God’s Word.
Just as we owe our natural existence to the Creator’s spoken word and 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 in 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 than in this; its power to bring spiritual life to all who open to its truth. James 1:18 (Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers”) 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. God’s will to save us (2nd Peter 3:7) has been effectively expressed in His Word, which accomplishes that work (John 1:13).
You are loved, Pastor Don