The Bible is filled with God’s promises. When we put our trust in God’s Word in effect we are putting our trust in God’s character.
Jesus was the Word of God made flesh.
John 1:1 says that in the beginning, was the word.
Beginning in the Greek is archē
This word is more than just a starting point. It means literally FIRST ESTATE. The first magistrate power. The first principality ruler.
Jesus was and is the first Word or Logos in the Greek.
According to the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus who was the first to use this word in his writings, Logos is referred to as a rational divine intelligence.
Logos was used to define the reasoning of the mind or rational mind. It also meant divine mind or universal intelligence. The universal ruling force governing and revealing himself through the cosmos to humankind. In other words Logos is God’s mind.
Putting this together we have, the Logos or mind of God being the FIRST ESTATE, first magistrate power or principal ruler was made flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14)
John was speaking of the incarnation of Jesus Christ.
He goes on to say that those who received him the logos or God in the flesh are given the power or right to become the sons of God.
We become God’s children by receiving the word. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh.
Its important that we receive the Jesus Christ in which the scriptures express. If we believe Jesus to be an inferior god, as a god or a created being such as an angel then that is being converted to another Jesus or a false Jesus. Not the Biblical Jesus.
Jesus Christ or the logos is both God and man.
I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. John 8: 24
How do we receive this great salvation through Jesus Christ the Logos, God’s divine mind, word, thoughts, ruling governance?
Simply by faith.
Faith is the gift in which grace flows. Faith is given. Faith comes by hearing GOD’S word. Without faith we cannot please God nor can we receive from God. Why? Because unbelief in effect says. I DO NOT BELIEVE YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE!
The logos is God’s word expressed through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. The Law was God’s written word which he gave through Moses. The incarnation of the Logos is God’s word in the flesh.
Romans 4 tells us that Abraham believed or had faith in God’s promise, his word or Logos.
In order for salvation to occur faith must be exercised for grace to take effect. It is the same principle for every scriptural promise. Faith believes before any evidence is manifested.
The soul dead in trespasses and sin did not feel saved before receiving salvation! He hoped and then God turned that hope into faith. Faith is the supernatural ability to believe beyond evidences.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Abraham according to the Bible, hoped against hope.
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. Romans 4:18
Abraham trusted God even though all evidence in the natural realm pointed to the opposite of what God’s word said.
As we can see before faith comes we must have hope. Many people give up or refuse to have hope or trust in the Logos.
Because Abraham believed God’s word he received the promise.
If you read the story of Abraham you will find he messed up a bit concerning getting his promise. He took wrong advise, got his eyes off the promise but one thing he did not do was give up hope.
How did this promise to Abraham come about? Was it immediate? Did Abraham all of a sudden turn into a young man again? Did the promise fall out of the sky and into his lap?
No. None of these things happened. Due to a series of events Abraham had to learn to trust God.
Abraham had an Ishmael. He listened to naysayers and he also went about trying to bring his own will into the equation. By doing so Abraham ended up having a lot of conflict.
How many of us try to fix our own problems by coming up with schemes that end up getting us where it hurts?
I know I certainly have. Well just like Abraham learned from his mistakes so can we learn from ours.
Take a look from scriptures at how God brings his word to pass.
The first thing God does is speak his word. He brings a word to your heart from his Holy Spirit or from his written word or both.
God tells us what he is going to do. Not what we plan but what he tells us he is going to do. That’s why its important to get a rhema or living personal word form the Lord. We can do this by fasting and prayer, seeking the Lord’s face.
Then we make a choice to believe that word or not.
Wait a minute are you saying I have a choice?
What did Jesus say?
And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Matthew 9:28
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21
Now we may be hoping against hope like Abraham for something that is impossible in the natural. Lets take a look at how Abraham responded to the same predicament.
God made a promise to Abraham even though it looked impossible. Abraham had hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken.
When God speaks a word he calls those things which are not, as though they were.
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Romans 4:17
In this way we also are able to receive God’s promises. Let me show you an example through scriptures on how God works to being something to pass.
In Genesis 1:2, the earth had no form. It was empty. In Greek, tôhû bôhû is a phrase which means “empty without form.”
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2
The earth had no form. It was empty, “unseen and unformed.”
And God said...âmar, Which means; appointed, called, commanded, spoke, uttered, promised
This was the same with Sarah’s womb. She was past the age of child bearing. However, Abraham had faith. He did not consider his body or Sarah’s body.
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform. Romans 4:20,21
Now look at what God did in Genesis 1.
Darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
So on an empty, dark, formless earth, God’s Spirit moved on the face of the waters.
God’s Holy Spirit broods or shakes up a barren, empty, void, nothing, situation.
Then God spoke the world into existence. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3
This is also what happens at salvation. 2 Corinthians 4:6 tells us that God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
God had faith in his own ability to create. He never had any doubters around to get in his way. He spoke the world into existence and it happened. To the lost soul who hopes in him, looks to the Lord to be saved, God releases his faith to receive his free gift of salvation.
This is an important principle to remember when you are praying for the lost. They need to hear the word then hope in the word, then believe in the word.
In conclusion, God’s word is “yes and amen”. What he promises to do, he will do! Continue to hope in his word. Faith is believing in God’s word without seeing any evidence! Trust in him. Be patient for the Lord’s Holy Spirit is brooding over the darkness. He will bring his light into your situation at the appointed time!