I wrote about the Second Amendment the other day and Tuija (who blogs at Read, Go, Adventure) commented with a link to a photograph that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase the pen is mightier than the sword.:
How’d you like to see this pulling up in your neighborhood? I’m sure there’s got to be some words worth reading on that ride.
The Power of the Word
Words can be tricky. The Bible cautions against being too wordy:
… many words mark the speech of a fool. (Ecclesiastes 5:3.)
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. (Matthew 6:7.)
But it also says that many words can be effective:
And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them. (Luke 3:18.)
So when the Samaritans came to [Jesus], they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. (John 4:40-41.)
In fact, words themselves are called a weapon in Scripture, one that is more powerful than any earthly weapon of war:
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12.)
There’s a good reason for this: Jesus is the Word, the Logos if you want to say it in the original Greek.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14.)
As John went on to immediately explain, he was talking about Jesus. So all words about God are defined or governed by the One who is the Word, Jesus the true expression of God.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form. (Ephesians 2:9.)
So let’s not speak empty words but full, that we too can wield this weapon of mass instruction: the gospel of Jesus’s love and power and grace and mercy.
[And if our words about God ever need correcting, I hope to have someone correct me as carefully as this seminary professor offers corrections for those in charge of the ESV Bible translation.]