Christ is Here
“But what does it say? The Word (God's message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach, [Deut. 30:14]” (Romans 10:8, AMP)
To understand this verse, it’s helpful to start with John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Reading on, it says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). Above, Paul tells us that the Word (Jesus) is close to us, on our lips and in our heart. Later in verse 17, Paul tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (teachings of Christ).
Let’s trace the process. God’s Word (Jesus) is preached aloud, we hear it with our ears, then welcome and receive it in our hearts. We believe in the Word (Jesus), confess our faith aloud with our mouths and we are saved. Next, the Holy Spirit comes to take up residence in our hearts, pouring the love of God into us.
We study and meditate on the Word. God’s Word renews our minds. The Holy Spirit speaks to us and reveals the truth of the Word. We grow in wisdom and discernment. We talk with Jesus in prayer and learn to walk with Him and others in love. We speak like Jesus and confess the Word over our life and the lives of others. When we stumble or fall Jesus picks us up. When we ask for forgiveness, we encounter grace. Jesus gives us grace to overcome every test and temptation. We grow in faithfulness and holiness. We are transformed and become new creatures in Christ. Suddenly, one day as we look in the mirror, what started with our ears, heart and mouth is now complete. I praise God that I am learning to surrender all of me to Jesus. In Him, I live. He is no longer near, He is here!
Are you hurting and lost? Come, let me tell you the Good News about Jesus Christ, the Messiah, Who lives in me. Everything changes for all eternity when He comes.
Father, thank You for sending us Your Word in the form of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus, I receive Your love, grace and truth. Holy Spirit, come live in me and rule my life. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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