FRESH MANNA NO. 25
WONDERFUL WORDS OF THIS LIFE
BY: KENNETH GREATOREX
MAY 18, 2003
“Go stand and speak to the people in the temple the whole message of this Life.” Acts 5:20 NAU
After sending out of the message yesterday, “No Condemnation Because,” I received an email from John Gavazzoni. He said, “Ah, sweet, wonderful words of life; sing them over again to me. You preach it brother, and I’ll turn the pages.” This morning I was soaking up some heat for my aching bones and began to sing the old song composed by P.P. Bliss that John was quoting from, “Wonderful Words of Life.” My thoughts went to Acts 5:20, and as well as to the purity of the message in the hymn by Bliss.
Within this Acts 5:20 there are three words that I wish to briefly touch upon. The word WHOLE comes from the Greek “pas” which means ALL, every, and, the whole. The word MESSAGE comes from the Greek “rhema” which can best be understood as a NOW [present] word being spoken. The word LIFE, comes from the Greek “zoe” which in Scripture speaks of the LIFE of God, as opposed to biological life.
Hymn writer Bliss wrote of their being life and beauty, which Christ gives to ALL. He said that the GOSPEL message gives “pardon and peace to all.”
In John 6:63 Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life [makes alive, from the Greek Zoe]; the flesh profits NOTHING; the words [rhema] that I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” Therefore, it is imperative that what we speak is LIFE PRODUCING. In fact, our words should be “ministered by, and of, the Spirit.”
Let us look at something else that Jesus said. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30. While Jesus admittedly was speaking to those who were still under The Law, He was also introducing the Kingdom message. It was no longer to be works of the flesh that wore one down, but rather of the Spirit. It was this whole flesh thing that had been a heavy yoke around the necks of ancient Israel, and is for most of the church today.
The Law that Israel [and most of the church world] lived under did not free them from unbelief and the sins of the flesh. Rather, it tended to increase the problem. Frankly, our Father will let, even cause, us to get caught up in the whole flesh realm until we die out spiritually, or get so sick of it that we are ready for change. Change how? “For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.” Hebrews 4:10. The end of fleshly/religious works sets us free to enter the REST of CHRIST WORKING in and through us.
Do the “words of this Life” that we speak bring rest? Or, do the words we speak, under the cover of preaching the Bible, bring works, bondage, fear, and death? As a thirteen-year old youth my first attempt at preaching was based on a book called, “The Price of God’s Miracle Working Power.” Let me make it clear that EVERYTHING depended on the amount of works done to receive the power of God. Good works, I must add, such as prayer, and fasting, etc. The truth is God’s power DOES NOT dependant upon my works, or my attempts to be holy. This I have learned, it is HIS power and not mine!
We religious types are so willing to make a formula out of Scripture in order to be successful at whatever. Jan Antonsson wrote today in an email, with reference to her message of last Sunday; “After writing the piece and publishing it, I got release from my frustration at the religious types, who immediately upon hearing some negative feeling about a situation, quickly lay out a formula to fix it. They have missed the whole point of the Incarnation, which is our relationship with God and each other. There’s no love in religious formulas and rituals, which is what the piece was really about.”
Did you read the word RELATIONSHIP? That is what it is all about. The whole issue has always been relationship, and fellowship, and coming into the fullness of the image of God. Our Father in His wisdom has caused mankind to walk out of fellowship with Him for a time in order that He could bring us into the glory of His very being, from whence we originally came. Consider that the clay pot was marred in the HANDS of THE POTTER, and He made it into something of higher value. See Jeremiah 18:4 and know that The Potter was always in charge of the total situation.
Let us not speak words of fear and death, of condemnation and strife, rather let us minister the words of His life!
“Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.” Be blessed!
FRESH MANNA NO. 25 – WONDERFUL WORDS OF THIS LIFE [Kenneth Greatorex] 1