The Power of the Word -- By: Henry M. Morris

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 116:461 (Jan 1959)
Article: The Power of the Word
Author: Henry M. Morris


The Power of the Word

Henry M. Morris

[Henry M. Morris is Chairman of the Department of Civil Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Blacksburg, Virginia.]

Christians often speak, and rightly so, of the power of the Word of God, thinking of such, a text as Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is quick [i.e., “living”], and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” There are numerous illustrations in Scripture, and in the life of every soul-winning Christian, of the power of the Word of God to convict and to illumine the mind and heart of a lost man and to bring him to Christ.

The Power and Word of God

But it is not often realized how intimately associated is the concept of the power of God, not only in the spiritual sense but even in the physical realm, with the Word of God. Of course, the term “the word of God” is used in more than one sense in Scripture. It is used of the Scriptures themselves, the written Word. It is also used to refer to any form of communication from God to man, whereby God reveals Himself to man, whether by an audible voice, by vision, through conscience, or even in the phenomena of nature. And it is one of the great titles of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, as the living Word of God, the One through whom God has been most clearly and completely revealed to man, in all the perfection of His holiness and the infinite depths of His love. But wherever the term is used, it brings to view in some way the fact that God is speaking and making Himself known in man’s experience.

The Word of His power. In Hebrews 1:3, we have a striking intimation that God’s Word is associated with physical power. The first two verses of Hebrews brings to view the written Word: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets [and the living Word], hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.”

Then the tremendous assertion is made not only that the Son, the living Word, “made the worlds,” but also that He is

“upholding all things by the word of his power,” that is, that all the matter and physical phenomena of the universe are being sustained by “the word of his power.”

The striking implications of this verse could only have been understood (and then only in very slight degree) in recent decades, when it has been discovered that everything in the physical universe is b...

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