And God Said

Posted by on Apr 22, 2012

And God Said

“And God Said”

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Scripture Text: Genesis 1:3

By Pastor Mike Withem
First Baptist Church
Ranson, West Virginia

Introduction:

A. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3)
1. Whenever I read that verse, the first thing that comes to mind is the awesome POWER of our God.
2. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3)
3. One moment, as Gen. 1:2 tells us, there was “darkness upon the face of the” earth; a moment later, there was “light.”
4. How did it happen?
5. How did it come about?
6. How did it all transpire?
7. God simply SPOKE, and IT WAS SO!

B. This is not only true concerning the creation of light, but it’s also true concerning the rest of creation.
1. On day TWO “…God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,” (Gen. 1:6)
2. On day THREE, “…God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear:” (Gen. 1:9)
3. On day FOUR, “…God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night;” (Gen. 1:14)
4. On day FIVE, “…God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” (Gen. 1:20)
5. On day SIX, “…God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.” (Gen. 1:26)
6. Over and over again…
God SPOKE,
and it WAS SO!!!
7. What awesome power there is in His Words!!!

C. The psalmist wrote of the power of God’s Word in Psa. 33:6, “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”
1. Then there is Heb. 11:3, which says, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
2. The apostle Peter put it like this, “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:” (2 Pet. 3:5)
3. God SPOKE.
4. And it WAS SO!!!

D. And that’s not all.
1. Not only were the heavens and the earth created by the Word of God, they are also sustained by His Word.
2. The Bible says in Heb. 1:3, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,”
3. Notice the words, “…upholding all things by the word of his power.”
4. Did you ever wonder what holds everything together?
5. I didn’t excel in Chemistry, however, I do know that everything that exists in the universe is made up of MATTER (physical substance).
6. I also know that matter consists of MOLECULES, and that molecules are made up of ATOMS that are SOMEHOW bonded together.
7. Any scientist knows these fundamental facts.
8. However, what most scientists do NOT know, is what holds it all together (what keeps all of these atoms and molecules of which matter consists from separating and flying off into space).
9. Scientists don’t know, but I DO.
10. It is the awesome power of God’s Word!!!

E. Now this morning, I want us to broaden our focus beyond the creative and upholding power of God’s Word, and I want us to consider other aspects of the power of God’s Word. For example, I want us to consider the…

I. Saving Power Of God’s Word.

A. (Illus.- I don’t know about you, but I remember vividly the day that I got saved. It was April 14, 1969. I was seventeen years old. When I woke up that morning and began my day, I was LOST and on my way to hell. However, when that day ended and I laid my head on my pillow that night, I was SAVED and on my way to heaven. Someone asks, “What happened during the course of that day that changed your eternal destiny?” I’ll tell you what happened, I heard THE WORD OF GOD!)

B. What happened to me was similar to what happened to Lazarus in John 11.
1. I’m sure you remember the story.
2. Lazarus was dead (in fact, he had been dead for four days and was already in the tomb).
3. Jesus stood before his tomb, and after having had the stone removed that had sealed it, “…cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.” (John 11:43)
4. Do you remember what happened then?
5. John 11:44 says, “And he that was dead came forth,”
6. What happened?
7. It’s really very simple!
8. Lazarus was DEAD, he heard God’s Word, and then he was ALIVE.

C. But someone says, “Wait a minute, that’s not what happened to you. Lazarus was dead when he heard God speak to him.”
1. Well, I was dead also, not physically, but spiritually.
2. The Bible says in Eph. 2:1 that before we were saved, we were all “…dead in trespasses and sins.”
3. On April 14, 1969, I was “dead” spiritually, but I heard the Word of God and, as a result, I was “quickened” (made alive)!
4. That’s the saving power of God’s Word.

D. Do you remember what Jesus told His disciples in John 6:63?
1. He said, “…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63)
2. Later on in that same chapter, after watching many of His followers turn back from following Him, Jesus asked the twelve, “Will ye also go away?” (John 6:67)
3. Do you remember how Peter answer Him? He said, “…Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68)

E. The apostle Paul put it like this in Rom. 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;”
1. Do you want to know how to be an effective soul winner?
2. Just give them “the gospel.”
3. The gospel is powerful.
4. The gospel is forceful.
5. The gospel is effective.
6. Just give them the gospel, it will DO THE REST!!!

F. That’s the saving power of God’s Word. But consider, also, the…

II. Sanctifying Power of God’s Word.

A. Not only is God’s Word powerful enough to SAVE us (impart to us eternal life), it is also powerful enough to SANCTIFY us (clean us up) after we are saved.
1. But someone says, “Wait a minute, pastor, aren’t we cleansed by the blood of Christ the moment we are saved?”
2. Yes we are, however, that is an INWARD cleansing (a cleansing of the heart).
3. We still need to be cleaned up OUTWARDLY after we are saved. (In other words, our lives need to be brought in line with what has taken place in our hearts.)

B. Paul alluded to this cleansing process in discussion about husbands loving their wives.
1. Notice what he wrote in Eph. 5:25-26, “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,”
2. He went on to write, “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Eph. 5:27)
3. Jesus put it like this in John 15:3, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”

C. Now HOW does God’s Word clean us up after we are saved?
1. It’s really very simple.
2. As we learn the Word of God and begin applying it’s principles to our lives, our outward conduct changes (for the better, I might add).
3. Let me illustrate.
4. Suppose you were a thief (prone to take things that did not belong to you) when you got saved, and during the course of your Bible study you come across Eph. 4:38, which says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”
5. If you take that verse and apply it to your life, what will the result be?
6. The answer is obvious, you will STOP STEALING!
7. Or suppose you were a fornicator when you came to Christ, and during the course of your Bible study you come across 1 Cor. 6:18, which says, “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.”
8. If you take that verse and apply it to your life, what will the result be?
9. Again, the answer is obvious, you will STOP FORNICATING.
10. That’s how it works!
11. David said it like this, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” (Psa. 119:9)

D. But that’s not all.
1. Not only does God’s Word clean us up after we are saved, it also helps us to STAY CLEAN after that.
2. David went on to write in Psa. 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.”
3. (Illus.- Every now and then I will get asked the question, “What is the key to living a successful Christian life, the most important thing when it comes to pleasing God with one’s life?” My answer is always the same, “Hide God’s Word in your heart! Read it, memorize it, meditate on it day and night.)
4. The psalmist put it like this in Psa. 37:31, “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.”

E. That’s the sanctifying power of God’s Word. Notice, finally, the…

III. Strengthening Power Of God’s Word.

A. Not only is God’s Word powerful enough to SAVE us and then SANCTIFY us after we are saved, it is also powerful enough to STRENGTHEN (prepare) us for God’s service.

B. Notice something that Paul said to the elders from the church at Ephesus in Acts 20:32, “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up,”
1. As you know, on Sunday evenings now I am teaching on the subject of discipleship.
2. As we are going to learn, there are actually four goals when it comes to discipling a new believer.
3. The FIRST goal is to establish them in the WORD.
4. The FOURTH and final goal is to establish them in MINISTRY.
5. Notice which comes FIRST (the WORD). Why?
6. Because there is NO way that you can establish a new believer in ministry without first of all establishing them in the Word.
7. Why not?
8. Because it is the Word of God that strengthens (prepares) us for ministry.

C. This is why God gives to His churches both PASTORS and TEACHERS.
1. The Bible says in Eph. 4:11, “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;”
2. Of course, God no longer gives apostles or prophets, but He does still give to His church pastors and teachers.
3. Why?
4. The answer is in the very next verse, it says, “For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:” (Eph. 4:12)

D. Paul put it like this in 2 Tim. 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”

Conclusion:

A. What have we learned about the Word of God, this morning?
1. We’ve learned about it’s SAVING power.
2. We’ve learned about it’s SANCTIFYING power.
3. We’ve learned about it’s STRENGTHENING power.

B. Just how powerful is the Word of God?
1. Remember the Creation.
2. God SPOKE…
3. And it WAS SO!
4. By the way, God’s Word is just as powerful today as it was then.
5. Let it work it’s awesome power in your life today!
6. You will be absolutely amazed at what it will do, and so will those around you!