1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 The same was in the beginning with God. John 1

Many of us know and quote this passage of scripture above, and yet have we really considered the real meaning of it? We know that Jesus became the word and that that word became flesh and dwelt among us. John 1:14 The creative force behind creation was the word that was spoken. It wasn’t a manuscript like we might read that was spoken, like the book of Romans, or Psalms, or the book of James. It was the rhema word of God spoken and sent out into the universe as a creative and life-giving force.

That word creates out of nothing. That word gives life. That word speaks forth truth and revelation. That is the same word that Jesus spoke many times to his disciples, saying, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 It is the same word that healed the blind and the deaf. It is the same word that turned the water into wine. It was the very same word that spoke to Lazarus, as he said, “Lazarus, come forth!”

That very same word is in us that created the universe out of nothing. When the Holy Spirit abides within us, we have access to this creative and life-giving word. It is a spiritual force that is alive and active even though we do not see it. There are many scientific forces at work in our world around us and many of them we do not see and yet we believe in them. While many scientific forces are very true and unseen like gravity and magnetic forces, they pale in comparison to the powerful force of this word.

With the words that we speak we can either heal or hurt others. These types of words which come forth from our hearts have their own origin in our natural selves. But as we live this new life spiritually in Christ, we now have new hearts and our minds are being renewed daily through our union with him. And now as we tap into and are joined with his Holy Spirit, we can do even greater works than those that he had done.

12 "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. John14:12-14

It’s very amazing to think and consider that the word that was spoken to create all that we see is at our disposal. It’s beyond comprehension to even consider that we have access to this, but we do. This word became flesh and dwelt among us is seen in the birth and life of the Son of God as he personified and lived out this word. The word wasn’t just what was spoken but it was the revelation of who God is.

The words that we speak as people are how we communicate with each other. These words articulate how we describe, articulate, and persuade. But our words are limited to these types of communication modes. However, it is through a demonstration of the Spirit and power that this creative word is seen.

and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 1 Cor. 2:4

Stephen Hanson