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The Transforming Word of God!

Posted by Scott on April 8, 2008

I have been compelled these days to write a brief report on the transforming power of the Word of God and the benefits or advantages of having the Word of God living in us.  However, the first event that must take place is the regeneration of the heart….thus we must be “born again”.  God’s Word will have no power in the life of an unsaved unrepentant person to which their heart is not regenerated by the Holy Spirit…the Word will simply fall to the ground from this person without taking root and being “born again”.  Romans 8:7-8 tells us, “the sinful mind is hostile to God.  It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.”  The heart of man cannot accept Christ unless it has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit so that we can be “Born Again”.  This sets the stage for our salvation.

The Holy Spirit must first lay open the fertile ground to which the Word is to be received…this fertile ground is our heart or mind.  This regeneration must take place for a sinful depraved human to even be able to take in through the ears the Word of God.  It is salvation by grace through faith in Jesus and can be no other way.  As Romans 10:8-9 tells us “…the Word is near you, it is in your mouth and in your heart.  That is the Word of faith we are proclaiming.  That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord’ and BELIEVE in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved or born again.”  It is not simply the confession, but the Word penetrating to the heart and bursting into new spiritual life with belief in Jesus as Lord…this is salvation by grace through faith.  The grace is God commissioning the Holy Spirit to regenerate the heart of a dark, sinfully, depraved man to which He cannot stand to look at without the blood of Christ flowing over us…God does not and is not under any obligation to man to do this work in our hearts, yet in His gracious love He chose us to be the receptient of His great salvation…we are His remnant that He loves and will see us through to the end and for all eternity.  Think upon this work of the Holy Spirit as the bride ready to receive her husband on their wedding night.  The fertile place of the wife is open for the husbands perishable seed to be planted to spring forth life in a baby that will be born soon.

1 Peter 1:23 and 25:  “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable seed through the living and enduring Word of God….and this is the Word that was preached to you.” 

This imperishable seed is the Word of the living God that penetrates through our ears to our listening regenerated hearts to receive the imperishable seed the Word of God and therefore it brings forth the spiritual life of being “Born Again” into the family of God.  Is that not the most facinating work ever..I think so?  Both births are a miraculous intervention by a Holy and loving God, unfortunately not all will experience this.  God does the work in both the water birth and the spiritual birth.  Man has no part in the spiritual birth at all from the standpoint of his salvation…the Free Will of man cannot overcome the Free Will of God…for God is sovereign not man.  The imperishable seed will not rest and take root in unfertile unregenerated sinful depraved ground…the ground must be prepared before hand in order for the seed to burst forth with life and grow roots that will result in a wonderful spiritual life.  

Once “Born Again” as Jesus says in John 3 we must be in order to see the kingdom of heaven, then we experience the “transforming power” of the Word of God in our lives.  What power one could ask?  The power to overcome any obstacle set before us that God intends we overcome.  The power to “flick” satan and his demonic pals away from us by the authority of God’s holy Word.  The power to stand and preach the Word of God by the authority of His holy Word.  A power that knows no limits or bounds in and of God Himself.  This is not man’s power, but the power of our holy God.

Another great question could be, “What are the advantages or benefits of having the Word living in us?”  Excellent question.  One benefit is that now we can be pleasing to our heavenly Father filtered through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ.  We can now have true joy regardless of our situation…even if the end of our life is in turmoil, we can still have peace and joy in God just because He is God no matter how it turns out.  The peace that surpasses all understanding is a benefit of being Born Again with the Word of God planted and rooted in us.  The benefit of spending eternity in heaven with our Lord is a tremendous advantage of the Word, Jesus, living within us.   All benefits must point towards our awesome God and not upon ourselves.  

To be “Born Again” translates into resting in God’s peace, love, joy, power, and the Word of God coming to life in our lives.  It is no longer man’s peacelessness, lovelessness, joylessness, powerlessness, and Wordless existance.  Before our “Born Again” state we were hopelessly wandering without the truth of any of these benefits in reality.  Many will read God’s Word, try to live a good life, try to think good happy thoughts, go to church maybe, ask spiritual questions, but in the end it is all futile to God, because the person was never “Born Again”…in other words the Word of God never entered into this person and took root in order to create a new born spiritual life.  We can have all the head knowledge in the world of a living God, of  a wonderful savior, yet not ever really accept Him or know Him on a personal level.  Many have tried to come to Christ on their own terms, but Jesus will simply say to these people He never knew them.

Do not be deceived by our understanding of what it means to be saved.  Look to God’s word in John 3…

 1″Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”

 3In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.[a]

 4“How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

 5Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit[b] gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You[c] must be born again.’ 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

 9“How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

 10“You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.”

  To experience the transforming power of God’s Word and experience a life from the benefits of His Word you must first be “Born Again”.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2008

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3 Responses to “The Transforming Word of God!”

  1. tharian m kurian said

    Dear Brother Scott,
    I believe this article posted on my request. Thanking you from the bottom of my heart.I am really grateful to you for taking my question seriously and making this article so quick. It is really helpful for me in my humble attempt of studying the Word of God.
    I am writing you personally in few days.
    once again thank you very much
    with lot of love and prayers
    tharian m kurian

  2. Scott said

    Hello Tharian,

    It was questions that pressed on my heart and I arved out time during the day to write on the subject.

    As you have stated many misunderstand the term “Born Again”. I mean it in the scriptural since. I attend a non-denominational church….grew up Baptist, but I really do not think denomination has a tremendous amount to do with our relationship to Christ. Most importantly is that we stay in God’s Word and keep ourselves focused on Him…anything that a particular denomination might say that does not seem right needs to be measured to what the Bible tells us…the final word to me is God’s Word, the scriptures.

    I know that many such as Pentecostals consider church membership and born again as the same thing or near the same thing and they are absolutely biblically wrong. When Christ and the apostles speak of members of the church, Jesus is speaking of His elect or chosen people that will be saved are all members of His church…the eternal church, not a particular church here on earth. So many get this wrong.

    Anyway, I appreciate you clarifying how you thought of the term “Born Again”…as long as you agree with the scriptural meaning of this term you are on track…never mind what denomination says it has a meaning for church membership in their church only…they are simply wrong.

    God bless to you and your family!

    Pressing on in Christ,
    Scott

  3. Scott said

    Tharian,

    Another great line of post I have on this blog are written by Rihard Baxter or the Puritan era. You can copy and paste this link into your brouser:

    https://devoteddads.wordpress.com/2007/11/03/richard-baxter-advice-on-reading/

    I thought this was great insight from him and a few other articles are recorded in this catagory from Richard Baxter.

    Enjoy!
    Scott

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