This is a continuation of our series by RA Torrey on the power of the Word of God. If you missed the previous posts, you can read them here:
God’s Word Has Power to Give Assurance of Eternal Life
“These things have I written unto you … that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
That is, the assurance of eternal life comes through what is “written.” Suppose one has not assurance of salvation, what shall we do? Tell him to pray until he gets it? Not at all. Take him to some such passage as John 3:36: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.” Hold him right to that point until he takes God’s Word for it, and then is sure that he has everlasting life because he believes on the Son, and because God says that “he that believeth on the Son HATH everlasting life.”
God’s Word Has Power to Bring Peace into the Heart
In Psalm 85:8 we read: “I will hear what God the Lord will speak: for He will speak peace unto His people, and to His saints.”
Many people are looking for peace today, longing for peace, praying for peace. But deep peace of heart comes from the study of the Word of God. There is, for example, one passage in the Bible which, if we feed upon it daily until it really gets into our hearts and gets hold of us, will banish all anxiety forever. It is Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.”
Nothing can come to us that is not one of the “all things.” If we really believe this passage, and it really takes hold upon us, whatever comes, it will not disturb our peace.
God’s Word Has Power to Bring Fullness of Joy
In Jeremiah 15:16 we read: “Thy Words were found, and I did eat them; and Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.”
And Jesus said in John 15:11: “These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
Clearly, then, fullness of joy comes through the Word of God. There is no joy on this earth from any worldly source like the joy that kindles and glows in the heart of a believer in Jesus Christ as he feeds upon the Word of God, and as the Word of God is brought home to his heart by the power of the Holy Spirit.
God’s Word Has Power to Bring Patience, Comfort and Hope
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Rom. 15:4).