I Thess. 2:13. “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.”
So much in this verse. We could dwell on Paul’s proclivity toward unceasing thankfulness. Or we could discuss the difference between man’s words and God’s Word; the truth of God’s Word being so much more powerful than anything man can say. However, what really strikes me this morning is the power of God’s Word. Paul says it “effectually worketh in you that believe.”
Paul’s message was not of human origin. We’re hearing an awful lot of human-engendered rhetoric these days, as we always do before an important election. I’m fully aware of the importance of the November polls, and I’m also fully engaged in the politics. I understand the issues very well, and fear greatly that we’re about to tumble into an abyss that will change my America forever. BUT—I’m really, really tired of all the speechifying, accusation and counter-accusation; the attempts to vilify and denigrate on a personal level, and the very transparent lying.
What I never get tired of, after all these years, is God’s Word. I’ve read through the Bible every year since I was in my sophomore year of college, and still I’m excited to start all over again in Genesis. That’s because God’s Word is truth, always and in every part, and there is something new to be gleaned because God’s Word is so rich and deep. It takes a lifetime to begin to understand it, and then we get to go to heaven and it all becomes crystal clear!
In this verse, when Paul says “the word of God,” he is not talking about the Bible we have today; he is talking about the oral preaching of the gospel, empowered by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Paul was speaking Spirit-ordained truth, and it was making a difference in the lives of his hearers.
Don’t you love good Bible preaching? Can’t you sense when the preacher is immersed in the Word, and is empowered by the Spirit as he speaks? There is nothing better than to hear God’s Word being preached and taught from the heart.
Works (worketh) in this verse is energeo, meaning it is operative and productive, continually producing an effect in the lives of those who believe it. That is, it energizes us and creates change in our lives, giving us the power and perseverance to keep on keeping on as it changes our thinking and our hearts.
God’s Word is power. Tap into it. You’ll be glad you did.