John 12:48-50 (TPT)
48 If you reject me and refuse to follow my words, you already have a judge. The message of truth I have given you will rise up to judge you at the Day of Judgment. 49 For I’m not speaking as someone who is self-appointed, but I speak by the authority of the Father himself who sent me, and who instructed me what to say. 50 And I know that the Father’s commands result in eternal life, and that’s why I speak the very words I’ve heard him speak.”
Yesterday, we shared about how every human being will either accept or reject God’s Word. There are only two choices offered. Well, today Christ teaches it is the Word of God that will one day actually judge us. Jesus is the Word made flesh and we—as his disciples—are to made in his likeness. Think about it this way, the Word of God is eternal and he stands in perfect righteousness as God’s standard of love for every human life. For salvation, Christ died and rose again, so his Spirit can be the Word abiding within every accepting heart. The work of Christ makes us spiritually alive to the Father. We are then asked to follow Christ’s teachings. We are to remain—live life by spiritual power—in Christ and his Words or teachings are to remain in us—be revealed in our character and actions (John 15:7). So, with that in mind, how important is the Word of God to you?
Prayer: Lord, your Word is life and salvation for my soul. For this reason, I remain in your Word everyday and seek to allow the Word to remain or be lived out in me. In the power of the Word, teach me to do your will. In Jesus’ name. Amen.