Words are tangible things. They sow seeds of the intangible in our hearts. They express faith, love, and hope; things which we cannot touch or see. What happens when words mix with a believing heart?
“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.” 1 Thessalonions. 1:5
Words (the gospel) mixed with believing has power. Wow…power? I heard a long time ago that guns don’t move people, ideas do. People are changed in the core of their being by ideas, riding on the backs of words. In fact, words are so powerful that they can’t be taken back, they go out into the world accomplishing one of two things; reconciliation to God our Father, wreck-onciliation from God our Father.
The Word of God is the most powerful, idea promoting, and freedom inspiring work known to man. Why? It was divinely given to us by the Master of words. God is the Author of Peace and He is the Writer of our Redemption. He is the master craftsman who plotted out our adoption to His spiritual family. So why is His word so special?
“All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God’s Word is God-breathed. Think of all the words you hear in a day. Are they all God-breathed? What do God-breathed words do for us? What is it profitable for?
3 Things: All are Instructions in Righteousness
- Doctrine: how to believe rightly, how to believe positively.
- Reproof: which is to rebuke at the places where we are not believing rightly.
- Correction: which is to put us back to right believing.
That is a lot. Why would God do all of this? Vs. 17 says, so “that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished.”
“Perfect” is one word in the Greek that blows my mind. (I talk more about it in my book called, “The 5 Basics for Growth.”) Perfect is the Greek word, artios. It literally means “fully equipped”. This is not like walking out the door of your house with your cell phone and keys, this is a much bigger word.
Imagine you are the captain of an ocean liner traveling from one continent to the next. This ship would need to be fully equipped with water, food, cargo supplying every passenger on board with their amenities for the 7-20 day voyage. Crews of these ships know exactly how many meals per pound one person consumes, how many showers they’ll take, how many rolls of toilet paper, paper towels, soap, drinks, commodities, medicine and much more that, on average, one person consumes. Then they must be prepared for the worst case scenario. Everyday that someone is at sea times that by the number of people on board, plus an overage for emergencies.
Now, imagine how big God’s job of equipping His kids for their whole life was. He had to first give us a boat, to keep us afloat in the rough waters of this life, He called it the gift of Holy Spirit. This thing has 9 manifestations, or applications. Then He gave us His God-breathed word. In that, God prepared us so that we didn’t lack one thing.
Also look back at another word in that verse. There is the word “throughly” written there. Most people, when they read that, think it says thoroughly, does it say thoroughly? No it says “throughly“. Our minds project words into the Word of God and you may ask, what’s the difference? I cannot wash my hands throughly, throughly implies an inside job. I can, however, wash them thoroughly. God didn’t furnish us just on the outside for this right believing, He furnished us throughly, through and through to the depth of our body, soul and spirit. Why does that matter? Because words are tangible things that bring reconciliation to God. We have to charge ourselves to, not just read the Word, but throughly understand it by delving into it.
“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.” 2 Corinthians 5:19
When you go about your day today, tell someone about this amazing word artios. Tell them about reconciliation. You’ll see how suddenly, the God-breathed word empowers you to chart the uncharted seas.
God bless you today!