In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
When I’m flipping through the channels and I see Tiger Woods about to hit a golf ball, I immediately stop. It’s “must see” television because his history has proven that something remarkable is likely to occur. There is something different about his swing and the contact he makes on a golf ball. He has an intensity and an uncanny ability to will his golf ball into the correct path and trajectory.
The gospel given by and though the Lord Jesus Christ is “must listen” material. A preacher who is faithful to use the Word of God each time he is in the pulpit captivates the heart of man. Some may say or are concerned his congregation is distracted or disinterested by his messages. The cable television company never fails to first tell you to turn off and then your modem back on again to fix any internet problem. The seemingly failing pastor should be asked, “are you preaching what thus saith the Lord?” This formula is a “can’t miss” topic. Jokes, antidotes, and war stories are only momentarily entertaining. In a few minutes, we are unable to remember the key aspects of a joke. After a few sentences of a war story, our minds begin to wander. God’s Word, however, is infallible and unmistakable. His Word and promises are written and etched into the hearts of every believer. We are instinctively drawn to them.
The Bible contains “self help” and a solution for any issue that man is experiencing. When a faithful preacher tells about the blind man who was healed to see, the dead man brought back to life, or the adulterer freed of sinful desires, the believer has no choice but to shout “amen” because we can relate. We too were dead, blinded and paralyzed by our trespasses until one day we met that same man. He provided an unmistakable healing from within.
The Word of truth is our assurance of an eternal salvation. If it is not the “word of truth”, it is worthless and possibly misleading. When the believer hears God’s word expounded upon and proclaimed, we cannot resist to testify with the heart that this indeed is the “word of truth.” We have proved His promises over and over again. Not only does His word hold our heads up, but it reminds us of who we are and who we once were. His Word is our strength and we cannot help but be drawn to it.