The eternal Word is the living Word, the written manifestation of God. It came to earth in Christ as the visible manifestation of God. It is eternal because is is God Himself and contains the supernatural power of the I AM to manifest His glory in all situations.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. (Matthew 24:35)
The very foundation of our faith is in the fact that God’s Word is eternal. Romans 10:17 tells us: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. If it were not for the eternal Word of God, we would have nothing on which to base our faith. We would have no knowledge of God and who and what He is. In fact, we would not have salvation or any hope of restoration to right relationship with God. Every single thing on which we base our faith is contained in the Word. We would remain strangers to God, separated by our sins with no hope of redemption. It is for this exact reason that God has made His Word eternal – it existed before the foundation of the world and will remain after all else has passed away because it is life to mankind.
The eternal Word is the Living Word.
Nothing inanimate can be eternal, just as nothing of the natural world cannot be eternal. Both are subject to the natural laws that govern the universe. Since the fall when the earth was cursed because of Adam’s sin, everything is under the natural law of death and decay. For God’s word to be the eternal Word, it must be living. But it must be supernatural life rather than natural life, and this is only possible in God who is spirit and therefore supernatural. John’s gospel provides us with the simple truth that explains this: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1). The Word is eternal because it God Himself in the person of Christ, His Son. Just as Jesus on earth was the physical manifestation of God, so the Word is the Logos or written manifestation of God.
In Jesus, the Word became flesh but it already existed as a supernatural living Word or revelation of God because Christ existed with God at the beginning of all things. It is this living nature of the eternal Word that enables faith by hearing. The Word itself is imbued with the supernatural power of God that empowers faith and impacts the natural. It contains its own power for fulfilment and is the manifestation and the full revelation of the nature, character, and power of God. It is this life and power that makes it eternal. The Word of God cannot be separated from the eternal existence of God. They are one and the same. God has revealed Himself as Father, Son, and Spirit in order that our limited human understanding can grasp the multiplicity of His nature and character. But He exists as all in one.
God reveals Himself in the eternal Word.
From the very beginning, God determined to reveal Himself to enable mankind to be restored. His purpose has always been to bring us back into intimacy with Him. To do this, He gave His Word, first as the eternal Word written as Logos and then as the Living Word in Christ on earth. In the Word, He provides everything we need to know Him, acknowledge Him, draw near to Him, and enter into relationship with Him. He also empowers His Word to empower us and make all this possible. It isn’t simply a ‘history’ of mankind without practical relevance. The eternal Word is alive and imbued with the power of God Himself to release the supernatural into the natural. No matter where we look in the Bible, it points us to Christ – the Word become flesh. Jesus is God proving that His Word is eternal, powerful, and absolute truth.
Jesus is God’s Word made visible. He came to show us that the eternal Word is a sure and certain foundation for faith in His promises. Through the cross and the resurrection, God showed us beyond a shadow of a doubt that His Word is mighty to save and defeat all the powers of darkness. Christ revealed the full extent to which God was prepared to go to validate His promises and testify to the faithfulness of His eternal Word. He showed us clearly that God Himself is the power in His Word, living and active and powerful to accomplish all it contains. This is the power that grounds our faith and transforms our ordinary lives into extraordinary life in Christ. God actually lives His Word for our benefit. He cannot be separated from it because it is who He is.
God cannot deny His eternal Word.
This is a fundamental truth that will transform our lives if we only take hold of it. To deny His Word, God must deny Himself. There are one or two things God cannot do, and this is one of them. This is why it is so critical for every believer to know the Word. Knowing here means much more than simply being familiar with. It’s learning the Word so that it is written on our hearts. It must become a living power within us as God intends. When we think the Word, speak the Word, or pray the Word, we connect to God Himself. He cannot deny Himself and must always respond to His eternal Word. It is who He is. The eternal supernatural power of the I AM is within us when we have His Word as a part of who we are in Christ.
To understand the power that is made available to us, we need only think of creation. God spoke and it was done. Our natural world is full of intricate detail and unexplored galaxies that defy description. All of this was brought into being by the eternal Word. A wonderful testimony to the truth that the Word is eternal is His command that brought the stars into being. He has never revoked this, and still today, stars are forming that astronomers have never seen before. The eternal Word continues to fulfil the will of God and creates new stars every day. The creatures of the earth continue to go forth and multiply. The sun rises and sets, the oceans follow the dictates of the tides, and the seasons follow one another as He wills. This is simply a glimpse of the magnitude of power contained in the eternal Word.
The eternal Word is for the glory of God.
Many believers grasp the full magnitude and supernatural power of the eternal Word. But the sad truth is that we see little of it in evidence. If God cannot deny Himself, and therefore cannot deny His Word, why is it that praying the Word often brings no ‘results’ as we would expect? It’s because we have lost sight of the truth that it’s for the glory of God. Any work God does in and through us is for His glory. Yes, we reap the benefits and the blessings. But the motive behind every prayer must be to see the glory of God manifest through the fulfilment of His Word. Jesus reminds us of this when He tells us He will do anything we ask in His name so that the Father may be glorified through Him. It’s about God’s glory, not ours.
We can understand this better when we consider that the eternal Word is God. Also, that we were created to bring Him glory. If the Word is the full revelation of God, it must always reveal His glory because He is a glorious God. It’s futile to pretend that we don’t desire God to answer our prayers for our sakes. Of course we do, and He tells us to ask Him. But the motive, ultimately, must be that the glory of God is revealed in every situation. That God in His full nature, character, and holiness is manifest. His purpose is to reveal Himself to the world through us so that all men might see and return to Him. Our selfish desires won’t accomplish this. It’s only when He is manifest in all His glory that His purposes are achieved.
The eternal Word is a way of life.
Knowing the eternal Word of God should be our desire. It is the basis of our faith and what sustains our faith. But for God’s glory to be fully revealed it should become our way of life. We must learn to live in the Word, not simply pull it out when we need it. We have Christ in us and He is the Living Word. If we are in Him, we should be living in the Word. It’s a daily choice to live in the Word and to allow the Word to live in us. The beginning is to desire God’s glory in all things. When we desire to see Him glorified, living in the Word will be easy to do. He will place in us a hunger and thirst that only the Word can satisfy. We will live to serve the I AM, not the God of compromised obedience.
Lord, we ask that You stir up in us a desire to see Your glory manifest in and through our lives. Give us a hunger and thirst for Your eternal Word, not a compromised version for our own gratification but a bold dependence on who You really are. Help us to serve the I AM, not the watered-down version we’ve settled for because it’s more comfortable. Thank You that Your Word is eternal, that we can hold fast to it in the knowledge that You are the power that transforms us to reveal Your glory.