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::Devotional:: ‘In The Beginning Was The Word’

May 18, 2010

St. Francis of Assisi once said “Preach the gospel always, if necessary use words.”  There’s a great deal of truth in that small statement.  People are more inclined to listen to what they see in my life rather than what I say if that makes sense?  Aren’t we thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ not only spoke the gospel message but was the gospel message.  He was the very Word of God.

The Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Colossians that Jesus was “the image of the invisible God.” (Col. 1:15)  John, the beloved disciple wrote, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14)  Jesus was the physical manifestation of the very breath and words of God.  In fact, the Word of God, Jesus, was the acting agent in the creation account of Genesis.

Consider these scriptures:

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:1-3

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  Colossians 1:15-17

How did God create all things in the beginning?  He simply spoke them into existence.  It was the very words from his mouth which gave the earth it’s shape and filled it will all sorts of living things.  It was the very words from his mouth that set the boundaries of the universe and set the stars into place, naming them one by one.

Consider this small excerpt from the creation account in Genesis:

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.  Genesis 1:3-9

Notice that the agent of action in this account is the phrase “God said.”  The very word of the creator was the catalyst of all creation.

Jesus came to the earth in the form of a man, in the position of a humble servant, being the very manifestation of God’s message to all humanity.  Truly, He is the word of God made flesh who dwelt among us.  He is the image of the invisible God who created all things and for whom all things were created.  He created all that we can and can’t see; all powers, thrones, rulers, and authorities were created by him and for him.  He created all things.  In the beginning was the Word.

Praise be to God!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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One Comment leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    May 18, 2010 8:36 am

    This is a very beautiful song. A good devotion.

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