When Jesus prayed to His heavenly Father in John 17:6, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world,” it was through the clear declaration of the divine Word. Further, He says, “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me” (verse 8). Jesus gave thanks that they had accepted and truly recognized that He had come forth from the Father so that all might find salvation.
God’s Word is a very powerful source of revelation that heals us, and it will always remain so. Unfortunately, today, so many have become alienated from this glorious wellspring, and therefore “what may be known of God” (Romans 1:19) has also become very unfamiliar. The prophet Hosea lamented the hardships of his time in Hosea 4:1-2: “There is no truth or mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed upon bloodshed. Therefore the land will mourn; and everyone who dwells there will waste away.”
It is as if this prophet is talking about what is happening in our own time! But God’s Word also shows us help and a way out of these conditions.
God’s Word exposes the forsakenness of people.
“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34). That is how King Solomon presented it to his people during his reign. Who could disagree with this? Blessed are all people who recognize this and take it to heart! We all know how tragically one can ruin his own life. How much guilt, suffering, and hardship we can bring upon ourselves! Cain cried out before the Lord, “My punishment is greater than I can bear!” (Genesis 4:13) Saul, in great despair of his unrighteousness, felt he had no other choice but to find help from a fortune teller (1 Samuel 28). Who can describe such inner despair, and where might one find a way out? Saul threw himself on his sword, but that was not the answer!
God’s Word reveals to us the only Savior and the way to Him!
God Himself placed this only Savior in this world. Around Christmas time, people still sing, “Christ the Savior is born!” We all need Him, but who is looking for Him? Who wants Him, and who heeds His call to repentance? He came to us in human form because He wanted to be like us. The angel of the Lord announced Him: “you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
He came into the world for this special purpose. The way out of all ruin is Jesus Christ, the Son of God! Right in His first message (Mark 1:15), He proclaimed, “Repent and believe in the gospel!” That was a clear reference to God’s Word! And again, He called out to the lost multitude, “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). Can there be a better offer?
Let us consider a serious warning from Jesus in John 15:22: “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.” In John 14:6, He shows us the only way out of misery and ruin: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me!”
God’s Word is the message of Christ and the cross. Paul emphasized, “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). It is truly the most beneficial revelation for life.
An elderly couple had decided to read the Bible every evening. One evening, the husband said, “Wife, if the Bible is right, then we are in error.” Another evening, he said, “If the Bible is true, then we are lost!” And as he continued to read, he said, “Wife, we must be converted!” – and they were saved! This is the healing power of revelation through God’s Word!
God’s Word reveals the will of God
Through Peter’s sermon, a great revival occurred in Jerusalem (Acts 2). The word had “cut to the heart” of the people, and they asked, “What shall we do?” The answer was, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).
God’s Word wants to show us the way and bring us safely to our destination, for Jesus prayed in John 17:24, “Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory.”
Have you already allowed these revelations from God’s Word to heal and influence you? They are for you personally, dear soul, and they are there to bring about your salvation!