The Importance of the Word of God in Christian Growth

Thinking recently on the importance of God’s Word in the life and development of the Christian and realized its presence at every stage of maturation.  

The Word of God is the agent of the new birth, wielded by the Spirit – by it dead souls come alive and begin to live for God, and are assured that its work of salvation will abide forever and not fade away,  1 Peter 1:23-25.

The Word of God is pure milk for the newly born believer, providing nourishment and growth into salvation, 1 Peter 2:2.  But even here the goal is maturation, and therefore,

The Word of God is solid food as well, intended to make the Christian skillful in righteousness, Hebrews 5:12-13, a person maturing to the fullness of the stature of Christ, Ephesians 4:15.  It is by beholding the glory of the Lord in the Gospel that we are transformed into His likeness from one degree to the next unto glory, 2 Corinthians 3:18.

The Word of God is truly indispensable for the Christian.  By it we are born again, and by it we grow into full maturity from infancy.  The Word of God, in God’s grace, both gives and sustains and matures the child of God.  Our perfect Father conceives and feeds us well.  Unbelievers, though you cannot hear, continue to give an ear – perhaps God will open it, and you will know the birthing power of this Spirit-inspired Word.  Young brothers and sisters, long for this pure milk – our Father will feed you, and you will grow strong in His salvation.  For the rest, consume the solid meat, do not settle or set aside the Word through which you were born, the Word of Christ, indeed, do not become complacent or stunted, but grow, mature, press on in the difficult things of God’s Word, and glory will reveal your perfection as you look upon Him, the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ, face to face.

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One Response

  1. I agree that the word of God is necessary to the Christian, for our birth, the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth (ref. Romans 1:16); for our growth and for our perfection: we are clean through the word which Jesus spoke unto us (ref. John 15:2-3 & Ephesians 5:26).

    This was a good article.

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