Writers and readers are captivated by words. Given that you’re viewing my blog, I assume you fit one or both of those titles and can relate. Christian bloggers often use Bible verses about words on their About page or as their tagline. It’s true. The Bible affirms that words are powerful.
Today I want to put aside written words for a bit to share some of my thoughts – and to hear yours – on spoken words.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy…
If you’re a follower of Christ, you’ve probably experienced firsthand the rich blessings of reading His Word. You probably have testimonies of how the Bible has proved itself in your life to be alive, active, and sharper than a double-edged sword.
But is the Lord promising additional blessing for anyone who reads aloud the words of the prophecies in Revelation? Is He promising – by extension – additional blessing for anyone who reads aloud any of His Word?
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
the starry host by the breath of his mouth.
Why is it that the Lord chose words and not thought or gesture to bring the world into existence?
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
-Hebrews 11:3 (ESV)
And so it seems that the power of the spoken word stands like two bookends around the rest of the Bible. But it’s also emphasised throughout, perhaps most extensively by James in his epistle (Read James 3:1-12).
Words and Salvation
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your hear that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Arguably more important than any of the above-mentioned examples of the power of words is their God-given place in the saving of souls.
I recognise that there are people who are born unable to hear or speak. Such is one devastating effect of sin in this world. I believe that the Lord, in His wisdom, makes appropriate provisions for the mute to be able to experience the blessings of eternal life. And how much greater will their joy in heaven be when they receive their voice and use it to sing praises to their Savior.
But for who those of us who can speak, it seems that the Lord has chosen – for reasons unbeknown to me – to use the spoken word in His plan for salvation.
So let us use the words He’s given us to go and spread the Good News of the Gospel that saves. As the LORD who gave human beings their mouths commissioned Moses to go and speak on His behalf, so Jesus has commissioned us to go and make disciples of all nations. Let’s use our mouths and obey.