“But what does it say? The Word (God’s message in Christ) is near you, on your lips and in your heart; that is, the Word (the message, the basis and object) of faith which we preach,” [Deu 30:14] (Romans 10:8, NIV).
To fully understand this verse, it is helpful to look at the teachings of John. In the Book of John, we find, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” A few verses later, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us . . . (John 1:1, 14). In the verse above, Paul tells us that the Word (Jesus) is close to us, on our lips and in our heart. In a later verse, Paul tells us that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (teachings of Christ).
Let’s trace the process. God sent the Word (Jesus) to live and preach the Gospel to man; God’s Word (Jesus) is preached aloud; we hear it with our ears; we welcome and receive it into our hearts; we believe in the Word (Jesus); we confess our faith aloud with our mouth; we are saved; Jesus sends the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our hearts; Holy Spirit pours the love of God into our hearts; we study and meditate on the Word (Jesus); His Word renews our minds; Holy Spirit speaks to us and reveals the truth of the Word (Jesus); we talk with Jesus in prayer; Jesus hears us; we learn to walk with Jesus in love; we speak like Jesus and confess the Word over our life and the lives of others; when we stumble or fall Jesus picks us up; we ask Jesus for forgiveness and encounter grace.
Jesus gives us grace to overcome every challenge and temptation; we grow in our faith and holiness; we imitate Jesus and become a light in the world; we are transformed and become new creatures one day at a time. What started with my ears, heart, and mouth is now complete. I surrender all of me to Jesus. In Jesus I live. He is no longer near, He is here!
Lord, thank you for sending us your Word in the form of your Son, Jesus Christ. Father, may Jesus rule my life. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.