Have you ever heard the saying, “I give you my word?” How about, “My word is my bond?” Well, never did those two statements mean more to me than they do right now. Here’s what happened:
I was driving home after getting to read my Bible at work for most of the day. I was thanking God for my day and I said, “Thank You for giving us Your Word.” Then came the revelation. It’s a simple, yet profound statement: He gave us His Word.
This is a three-fold revelation: He gave us the Bible (His Word which I was speaking of when thanking Him), He gave us His Promise (as in, I give you my word that this is what I’ll do), and He gave us Jesus (who is the Word made flesh).
- God gave us the Bible: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and, “And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18). The Bible is His Word on paper. What a wonderful blessing that He gave us His Word, His instructions, His love letter to us, His creation.
- God gave us His Promise: God knew we were a sinful people and foresaw our sin in Adam and beyond from before creation. Nothing is a surprise to God. So He (together with the Word and the Spirit) devised the plan of salvation and gave us His Word that He would send a Messiah to save the world from sin and death. This promise can be seen throughout the Old Testament and into the New Testament beginning in Genesis (the beginning). He promised. “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself…” (Hebrews 6:13) He gave us His Word. His Word made as a bond He would later pay.
- He gave us His Son Jesus: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) Jesus is the Word. “For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) He gave His Word. Jesus is His Word made flesh, the promise fulfilled, the bond payment.
So, not only did He give us His Word (as in, the Bible), He also gave His Word (as in, His Promise), and then He gave us His Word (His Son Jesus who was with Him in the beginning). I realize this sounds redundant, but I want us to fully grasp this concept.
Furthermore, His Word is His bond. Literally.
“In law, a bond is an obligation by which a person binds himself, his heirs, executors, and administrators, to pay a certain sum, on or before a future day appointed…Usually a condition is added, that if the obligor shall do a certain act, or pay a certain sum of money, on or before a time specified, the obligation shall be void.”– Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828
Does that spell it out, or what? God gave His Word, then His promise; His Word literally became His bond (it brings a whole new meaning to the phrase my word is my bond). Jesus Christ, (being the Word) became the bond AND the payor of the bond. We were the obligor until He came and died to pay the price in His blood for our sins. The “future day appointed” was His crucifixion once for all on Calvary.
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”Romans 5:7-8
How amazing to know that in all aspects and from all angles. He gave us His Word. Sit and ponder that for a few minutes. Let that revelation sink in.
Prayer: Father, words cannot express my heart’s gratitude in this moment. I know I’m barely scratching the surface of Your love, but I’m so thankful for Your revelation. Thank You for giving us Your Word. Thank You for the Bible. Thank You for the promise of a Savior. Thank You for being true to Your Word and fulfilling that promise by giving us Your Son the Word made flesh. Thank You that Your Word is Your bond and thank You for becoming the payment and dying as the payment for me. How truly Good You are and how worthy of all praise. Help me never forget. In Jesus’s name, Amen.