Flowing lines have been incorporated into the ancient-looking text to help communicate the timeless power of the spoken words of Jesus. The New Testament was written in Greek, but Hebrew is closer to what Jesus would have actually spoken. This is the transliteration:
“Ha ruach hi hamechaiah: habasar einu mo-il klum. Ha dvarim she debarti alechem ruach hem ve chaim.” (It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
I’ve been meditating on verses like these for a while. Words spoken the way Jesus spoke them contain spiritual and creative energy. In the book of Genesis we read that God made the universe by speaking words.
John equates Jesus as the physical embodiment of the Word. In the first few lines of his Gospel he says that the Word (Jesus) was in the beginning and that through him all things were made.
In a similar way, Colossians 1:16 says that in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things have been created through him and for him.
Hebrews 11:3 puts it even more clearly. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Words are the parent force.
It is my conviction that those of us who believe and who love the Lord should be speaking His words like He did and doing the same works that He did, to show people how much God loves them, and wants to be in close fellowship with them.
We can do this when we don’t doubt (Mark 11:23) and when we co-operate with the Holy Spirit, who energises – gives real, lasting, genuine life – to everything.
In the Garden of Eden, Satan tempted Eve to doubt that God meant what He said. All sin, confusion, decay, disease and death stemmed from that one act. Thank God that by another act: believing in Jesus Christ, we can be freed from sin, the power of disease and death. For He gives eternal life – to “whosoever believes” (John 3:16). He has died for our sin, was raised to life and is alive today.
Today there are lots of people who still doubt that God meant what he said. Many do not take Jesus’s words at face value and try to over-complicate things, or say to people that it’s too difficult to understand. But when you come to the Lord like a little child, he gives you a peace that surpasses understanding, as well as access to “the mind of Christ”. Learn to use your spirit, not just your mind, to understand the things of God. 1 Corinthians chapters 1 and 2 makes it clear that spiritual realities cannot be understood by human reasoning. We need the Spirit of God to teach us with His words.
“Spirit and Life” (John 6:33) watercolour painting
Remind yourself of the unrivaled value of God’s Word by having this where you can see it every day.
“Spirit and Life” greeting card
Comes with matching envelope, blank inside, cellophane-wrapped.