His Word was with Power

And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days.  And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.

Luke 4:31-32

The people in Capernaum recognized that the Words of the Lord Jesus came with a certain authority that the words of others didn’t have.  In fact, the people there “were astonished at his doctrine.”  He had come to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Testament.  He was not telling them anything new, but He was telling them things with a certain power and authority.

We have that same power and authority today in the Bible.  The Bible is the Words of God written down for us.  It is described perfectly in Hebrews 4:12, “…the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.”  The word of God is alive and it is powerful.  It has authority.

The word of God has an authority that we, as humans of flesh and blood do not have on our own.  The people marvelled at Jesus: they marvelled at His word and at His doctrine.  Nobody is going to marvel at our words.  But people will marvel at the word of God.  They might accept it and they might reject it, but they are going to sense its power and authority.  In fact, that is exactly what makes some people bristle at the word of God.  They don’t like the fact that it has an authority and power over them.  It hurts their pride and makes them angry.

The question of the day is this: we have the power and authority of the Word of God, but how much do we use it?  We have all the access we want to this awesome source of power, but are we really using it?

4 responses to this post.

  1. good post man


  2. Thank you, Ben, for challenging us to use His Word and let His Word be alive in us today! God bless you!


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