There are two, amongst many, passages in the Bible where we are reminded of the power of God’s word, and the need to speak and decree it. Yet, it seems we often over look these two particularly as they are spoken by Christ Himself, perhaps because we find it hard to reconcile these profound and challenging truths spoken by the same One of who is showing such amazing love and mercy during the same time. And yet, Jesus Christ does, and in so doing reminding us that He is the fullness of God, and is seated on His throne of righteousness and justice.
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.” (NKJV John 12:48-50)
But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know Him who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would have no sin; but now they have seen and also hated both Me and My Father. But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.’ (John 15:21-25)
It seems that not only is our mission to live and share Christ’s gospel of His Kingdom, so that people would hear and believe, and worlds formed and redeemed, it is also given to draw that heavenly line in the sand with our souls …in a way that only God fully knows and understands. The gospel of John reveals that Christ is the Word of God, and He only speaks what the Father tells Him, and these words both redeem but also judge creation. As His disciples, and with Him abiding in us by His Holy Spirit, so we to are sent to share in the gospel…and prophecy (speak) what the Father shows us (by the Holy Spirit), know the wonder and power of His word.
Knowing this, it is clear why we are tested and refined, and suffer in Him, for only out of a devoted heart for Him, and one filled with His love, would God entrust such a power. Broken of our will, and given over to His, we become His vessels for such words that prophecy through the ages, and really are His words sent to save, and be the plumb line over which lives are measured…humbling indeed. The two edged sword spoken of in the book of Hebrews. Surely though, inspiration to go and proclaim His word, in love and the power of the Holy Spirit, knowing God will do His work in them.