Thursday, October 6, 2005

The Reality of Words

By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. (Hebrews 11:3)
While he was at it, Hank Hanegraaff decided to take a swing at a another point brought by many of those who teach that healing is in the atonement — the idea that our words can cause things to be. In answer to that, Hanegraaff asserts that words cannot create reality.

That flatly contradicts the clear teaching of Scriptures. For, in the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, He did it by words — the Word of God. As the author of Hebrews declares (and finds well within our ability to understand), the “worlds were framed by the Word of God.” For example, God said, “Light be!” and there was light.

The power of words to create reality was not lost on John, who began his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

It also helps us understand why God puffed His own breath, His own Spirit into Adam’s nostrils. Ancient Jewish commentary says that man thus became a “speaking spirit.”

The first assignment God gave to Adam was to call, or to name the animals. This was not “busy work,” but a creative task, setting the character and destiny each animal.

Words are very powerful. God created the heavens and the earth by them. He created us in His image and gave us the ability to speak words, and we will have to give account for every word we utter.