The Divine word is appropriately called the word of Christ. Paul said “…Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col.3:16.) The word contains the record of Jesus’ personal teachings. It contains the revelation of new and startling truths. The word of Christ contains the resetting of old truths in such a light as to connect the old and new dispensation and blend them into a uniform manner. The word of Christ unfolds the mystery of the redemption He died to accomplish. The word is inspired by the Spirit of Christ, and gleams in every part of His supernal glory.
The apostle John declared Jesus to be the “…I am Alpha and Omega, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev.1:8.)Allow me to declare that Christ is the all-pervading theme of the Scriptures, the key of the arch, the cornerstone of the foundation the sun, illumination with light and salvation in the whole gospel system to all the world. “…Ye are the light if the world. A city that is set on an hill can not be hid (Mt. 5:14.)
Allow me to speak to you concerning the power of the Word of Christ. The word of Christ is pure, and therefore making it both powerful and precious. To exercise its power it must not be a transient visitor. Note what (Jer.14:8) says, “…O the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest thou be as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night.” Christ must dwell in our hearts daily. We must welcome Him, impartially, his doctrines, his precepts and his promises; we must receive His word as a treasure we prize. Jeremiah said,”…Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart” (15:16.) David stated, “…The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver” (Ps.118:72.)
We may expect it to be a power to ourselves, it will promote in us every kind of wisdom, making us “wise unto salvation,” and enlightening our intelligence as well as the heart. Ps.119:130 declares, “…The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” The Word of God is to dwell in us so completely as to possess and enrich every faculty and power of our nature and the very affections of our heart. We need to allow the word of Christ to enter, saturate, purify and govern our whole mental, moral, and spiritual being. Jesus’ word is to occupy our soul as a constant and permanent inspiration, to dwell-not as a stranger to stand without, or be saluted at a distance, but to enter, to abide, and be treated as a loved and intimate guest. Let the word of Christ be clearly apprehended, diligently pondered, and firmly followed, and it will fill your soul with heavenly visions.
Allow me to speak to you concerning the power of the Name of Jesus. Paul tells us, “…Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.” The name of Jesus suggests the predominating principle by which the whole course of life is to be the watchword in every enterprise, the battle-cry in every conflict, the rallying in every disaster. “…Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6.)
Using the term Jesus points to him as having been a speaker and doer in human nature. Christ himself had a man’s career, because, first of all, he was born of a human mother. He possessed, as a man, a material body. In his physical make-up, He was the same as any other man. He was subject to the laws of human development. Jesus had the bodily and spiritual faculties and emotions of a man. He became thirsty, weary, angry, sorrowful, and compassionate. Jesus suffered and died sweated blood, and gave up his spirit as a man of sorrow.
Jesus was the world’s only Perfect man, free from all sin. As a man, Jesus became weary and thirsty. He asked for a drink from the woman at the well. As a man he needed sleep. He found a bed in the boat belonging to his disciples. As a man, he knows all about your human needs. Most all thoughtful men have some ruling passion in life, wealth, fame or patriotism, but our will, will be the will and honour of the name of Jesus.
May I say, the will of Christ is a comprehensive rule. It applies to word and deeds. Paul stated in I Cor. 10:31, “…Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” Peter stated in I Peter 4:11, “…If any man speak, let him speak as the aracles of God; if any man minister let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ.”
It is one thing to be reproached, another to be saved, another to be baptized in Jesus name, another to command, another to pray, another to give thanks in the Name of the Lord Jesus, yet all of this must be done in thanks to the name of the Lord Jesus. We are not at liberty to take any part of our life from under Jesus’ rule. Note John 6: 67,68, “…Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” Having done all in the name of Jesus we are assured of an answer, “…If you shall ask anything in my name, I will do it” (St. Jh 14;14.)
In closing allow me to say that the first thing to be done in the name of Jesus is to trust in Him for your salvation, for (Acts 4:12) declared,“…Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Those who will be brought to heaven will sing one song, “…And they sung a new song saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and open the seal thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests… (Rev. 5: 9, 10).