The Life-Giving Word
1. WHAT is the nature of the word of God?
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any
two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the
joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." Heb.
2. How are the oracles of God described?
"This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake
to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to
give unto us." Acts 7:38.
3. What did Christ declare His words to be?
"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I
speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." John 6:63.
4. What was Peter's testimony concerning Christ's words?
"Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words
of eternal life." Verse 68.
5. What did Christ declare His Father's commandment to be?
"And I know that His commandment is life everlasting." John 12:50.
6. What lesson was intended by feeding the children of Israel with the manna?
"And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which
thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man
doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the
Lord doth man live." Deut. 8:3.
7. What interpretation did Jesus give to this lesson?
"Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not
that bread from heaven; but My Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the
bread of God is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world." John
8. In further explanation of the meaning of this lesson, what did Jesus declare
Himself to be?
"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me
shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst." Verse 35.
9. What benefit is derived from eating this bread of life?
"As the living Father hath sent Me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth
Me, even he shall live by Me. This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as
your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live
forever." Verses 57,58.
10. What instance is recorded of one who fed upon the true manna?
"Thy words were found, and I did eat them;
and Thy word was unto me the joy
and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by Thy name, O Lord God of hosts."
11. What name is applied to Jesus as the revelation of the thought of God in the
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God." John 1:1. "And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name
is called The Word of God." Rev. 19:13.
12. What was in the Word?
"In Him was life; and the life was the light of men." John 1:4.
13. What is Jesus therefore also called?
"That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with
our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of
life." 1 John 1:1.
14. Why did the Jews fail to find life in the Scriptures?
"Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are
they which testify of Me. And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life." John
15. What constitutes a part of Christian experience?
"And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to
come." Heb. 6:5. See answer to question 10.
16. In assigning him his life-work, what instruction did Jesus give to Peter?
"Jesus saith unto him, Feed My sheep." John 21:17.
17. What apostolic injunction indicates the way in which this instruction is to be
"I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge
the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom; Preach the word; be
instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and
doctrine." 2 Tim. 4:1,2.
18. How are we instructed to pray for both physical and spiritual nourishment?
"Give us this day our daily bread." Matt. 6:11.
NOTE.-When "the Word became flesh and dwelt among us," the thought of God was
revealed in human flesh. When holy men of God "spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost," the thought of God was revealed in human language. The union of the divine
and the human in the manifestation of God's thought in the flesh is declared to be
"the mystery of godliness;" and there is the same mystery in the union of the
divine thought and human language. The two revelations of God, in human flesh and in human
speech, are both called the Word of God, and both are the Word of life. He
who fails to find Christ thus in the Scriptures will not be able to feed upon the Word as
the life-giving Word.
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