Hebrews 1:3 says,
Upholding all things by the word of his power.”
Psalm 89:34 states,
"My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.”
This entire universe is being held together by the power of God’s words. It was His Word that created the earth and every living thing on it. By His words, He created Adam and Eve.He didn’t make them or any part of this world with His hands; He spoke them all into existence.
Then, after creating all of this, God said,
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:28).
God gave absolute dominion to Adam and Eve. When He gave them authority and dominion, He took His power – His right to rule and control the earth – and gave it to physical human beings. In a sense, He excluded Himself from ruling over the earth.
I know that’s given you food for thought, but it’s true, and it answers many questions concerning the sovereignty of God. I will teach more about God’s sovereignty and what that means to us in the new series I’ve just completed, The Word became Flesh, which will air later this month on the Gospel Truth.
Psalm 15:4 says that a godly man will swear to his own hurt and change not. The word godly means “like God”. God will swear to His own hurt and change not. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, He did not violate His Word to save them from the terrible problems that would come from their decisions. Human beings were given this earth to do with it as they saw fit. However, this did not catch God by surprise; He knew it was going to happen, and He already had a plan in place to reconcile man back unto Himself.
“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous” (Rom. 5:17-19).
Revelation 13:8 says,
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (emphasis mine).
These scriptures answer two very important questions: one, why did Jesus have to come to earth? And, two, if it was necessary for Him to come, why did God wait 4,000 years to get Him here?
It was a man, a physical human being, who had been given authority on the earth by God. When man allowed himself to be deceived and when he yielded his power to Satan, he became, in a sense, joint heirs with the devil. He gave Satan authority on this earth through his physical body.
Therefore, it was necessary for a man with a physical body to take back that authority. God had to become a man to give Himself the authority to execute judgment on the earth.
“And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man” (John 5:27).
God cannot break or change His Word, so He was restricted to act within the word He had already spoken.
So why did it take 4,000 years? Here is the logic: When God created the first man, He said, “Let us make man in our image” (Gen. 1:26). He literally spoke Adam’s body into existence. At that time, He had the legal right to do that because He hadn’t given authority over the earth to man yet.
However, once He had given that authority to man, He could no longer leave him out of the equation. The last Adam, Jesus, would still have to be spoken into existence by God, but now He would have to speak through people. God was no longer in direct control, and a man would have to become the voice of His words.
Psalm 115:16 explains:
The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.In other words, everything outside of the earth belongs to God, but the earth He gave to the children of men. That is a strong statement. God literally placed restrictions on Himself through His own words. He had to work through people, and there were very few people sensitive enough to hear Him in their hearts and then prophesy what they heard.
God had to create the last Adam through words spoken by someone with a physical body.
Galatians 4:4 says,
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son.If you study that, it means “at the appropriate moment”. Until then, all the prophetic utterances had not yet been spoken. Jesus could not come on the scene until everything that had to be said was said.
For example, it had to be prophesied that Jesus would be born of a virgin. That was critical because it meant Jesus would not be just a good man; He was God manifest in the flesh. Through Mary, Jesus received a physical body, but it was the blood of God the Father flowing through Him. He was a God-man.
Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:34-35).Here is what I believe happened: Mary asked, “How’s this going to happen?” She wasn’t questioning the possibility, just the how. And the angel said that the Word of God is the incorruptible seed, and all of the words spoken over 4,000 years through hundreds of people are going to conceive in you.
First Peter 1:23 says,
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
The Greek word for seed in this scripture is “spora”. It comes from the Greek word sperma,which is talking about the seed of a man. The virgin birth of Jesus was completely natural in every respect except one: it was not the seed of a man; the seed was the Word of God. The Word became flesh! All that had been prophesied about Jesus became the “spora”, or the seed.
Whether it’s literal or symbolic, I believe each of us has a spiritual womb. We take the supernatural Word of God, the seed of the miracle we need, and we meditate on it until we conceive – until we can see the result in our hearts. Then, when we can see it, we can speak it into existence.
This is what Jesus was talking about in Mark 11:23:
For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.God’s Word is alive. His Word is health unto all of our flesh and life to them that find it. He sent His Word to heal and deliver us from destruction and more. And for those of us who will place His Word in our hearts and allow that seed to conceive, we will, in time, see the manifestation of what we believe and speak.
What I have written here is just a very small part of the teaching on this subject. However, at a recent Gospel Truth Seminar, I taught a five-part series entitled The Word became Flesh. Jamie and many members of my staff told me it was the best they had ever heard me teach on this subject. We have just created an album from that series, which is now available to you in both DVD and audio CD.
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Andrew & Jamie
P.S. March 23, 1968 was the day God changed my life forever. It was then that I really began planting the seed of His Word in my heart. It conceived, I began to speak, and now forty years later much of it can be seen by others. What I want you to know is this: God is no respecter of persons. If He can do this through an introvert from Texas, He can also do it through you.