7 Functions of the Word of God
“The Bible is not such a book a man would write if he could, or could write if he would.” -Lewis S. Chafer
According to Psalm 19:7, the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. All of the redeemed owe their salvation to the Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in the Word of God. It is the holy Scriptures that make us wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Tim. 3:15).
The Word of God was written that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, and that believing we might have life through His name (John 20:31). Spiritually alive in Christ, the believer is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).
2. Cultivates Growth
As new creations in Christ, the believer is born again into God’s family, and as any new mother or father knows, a newborn must feed often. Similarly, we are told to desire the sincere milk of the Word so that we may grow thereby (I Pet. 2:2). As we read the Word of God and pray, we grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter. 3:18).
3. Cuts, Convicts, and Corrects
The Word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12); it searches the deepest places of our heart, discerns our thoughts and intentions, and is used by God to convict us of sin. Isn’t it wonderful that He who knows us best loves us most? Finally, we are told in 2 Timothy 3:16 the Word of God is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction and instruction in righteousness.
That which reveals the sin of our heart also reveals the means by which it may be cleansed. If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (I John 1:9). It is only by the propitiatory death of Christ that God can be both faithful to forgive and also just to do so. Jesus told his disciples, “Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you” (John 15:3).
It is the prerogative of God to conform every believer in Christ to the image of His Son (Rom. 8:29). The Word of God works in us (I Thess. 2:13), tribulations work on us (Romans 5:3), and ultimately all things work together for us and for our good (Rom. 8:28). This transformation is a process that is begun here on earth and is perfected in heaven, for when we see Him, we shall be like Him (I John 3:2).
The Lord sets apart the godly for Himself (Psalm 4:3). As each believer in Christ is gradually conformed into the image of Christ, the sanctifying Word of God sets the believer apart from the world. As we read the Word of God and respond in obedience, the internal work of God becomes evident in our daily walk. Our actions should give witness to the inward working of the truths of God. The Lord Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy Word is truth” (John 17:17).
The believer in Christ is guaranteed tribulation (John 16:33); the godly in Christ Jesus are promised persecution (2 Tim. 3:12). Far from the “health and wealth” gospel, the Lord Jesus spoke of denying ourselves, taking up our cross, and following Him (Luke 9:23).
Our Lord not only pities us in our suffering, but He can personally identify with them having been tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15). Our Lord is the God of all comfort, and He comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God (2 Cor. 1:3-5).
The Bible is essential in our conversion and imperative for cultivating spiritual growth. It convicts us and cleanses us from all sin while it conforms us to the image of God. The Word of God consecrates us for His purposes and comforts us in all our tribulation. What a marvelous book, the Word of God!