In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. — John 1:1-3
John’s gospel reveals Jesus to us as the Word. Why? By using this name for Jesus, God is essentially saying, “Jesus and My Word are one. The two cannot be separated.” This is why there is so much power in speaking forth the words in the Bible. This is why devils tremble and flee when we authoritatively speak Scripture as a weapon of our spiritual warfare. When the powers of darkness hear the Word, they understand that that Word packs the very essence of Jesus Himself, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The Word carries all the backing of Almighty God. If only we would as fully understand this as the devils do!
There are many places in the Bible where we are assured that God’s Word is infallibly true. Jesus, in praying to the Father, said of the Scriptures, “Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Revelation 19:11 gives Jesus the title, “Faithful and True.” Jesus the Word and any word that He speaks cannot be divided from each other. Jesus’ nature is to be faithful and true; His Word is also declared to be true.
What this means for us is that when we have a promise from God — either in the Bible or a personal promise that He has bestowed upon us — we can trust that our Promise-Giver will do for us what He said He would do — because He IS The Word. He and His promises are one. To renege on a promise would be to deny Himself, to violate His own nature, and 2 Timothy 2:13 assures us, “If we do not believe, yet he continues faithful: he cannot deny himself.” We must be careful to make sure our personal promises are really from the Lord and that we are not adding to them, because we can make mistakes in our hearing. We must also be careful not to misinterpret Scripture. But when we’ve got a word genuinely spoken by the Lord, we can completely rest in Jesus the Word to perform what He has said.
Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.