The Word of Life
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full 1 John 1:1-4 (KJV).
We may not have seen with our natural eyes, but we have seen with our spiritual eyes, the Lord of Glory. We have looked upon Him in the text of His eternal Word. Our hands have handled it’s pages and so we have handled the Word of Life as surely as if He were here in His physical body.
In our hearts the life was manifested, and we have experienced His touch and transforming power. We bear witness to the fact that Jesus lives, and that His resurrection carried us to the right hand of the Father and seated us in heavenly places with Him.
This reality of His manifest presence we have seen and heard and now do declare to a doubting world so that they might come and have fellowship with us. This fellowship is not only with us, but with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
His Word is alive and powerful, working within, for and through us. His life pushes out the darkness of sin and all of it’s debilitating attributes. We are no longer children of darkness but have been translated into children of His marvelous light. Sin no longer holds dominion over us and we walk in the perfect liberty of the Spirit of Life.
The Life of The Word . . .
We are children born of the incorruptible seed of the Spirit. We are those “whom He did foreknow,” and that He “did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren” (Romans 8:29).
In us is Christ, the Anointed One and His anointing. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead now is resident within us (Romans 8:11). We have the Life of the Word working in, for, and through us so that we can know the “immeasurable and unlimited, and surpassing greatness of His power,” and be a testimony to the demonstrated working of His mighty strength (Ephesians 1:19 Amp).
The Word of God has not been given to be added to our lives as an attachment or addendum. We are not to take what we want and leave the rest. We are to become the living, walking, breathing, speaking, Word so that we become living epistles read of all men (2 Corinthians 3:2). The Life of the Word is to be seen in our nature, character, actions and words. We are to speak “as the oracles of God.” We are to minister in “the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11).
If we have “seen” Him, then we “know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death (Philippians 3:10), so that we might be able to say, “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
Herein we live, and demonstrate the Life of the Word.