The Word Lives in You

Conquering sin is harder than quoting a verse or two. The idea behind Psalm 119:11 is that God’s Word overtakes the heart, consumes it. When we are consumed with the Word then sin will begin to be mortified.

This does not undermine memorization, it gives it special emphasis. It allows a guy to know what to memorize–not proof texts but reproof texts. Thank you, as far as you know I made that up.

Here’s the idea as stated in the second half of 1 John 2:14, “. . .young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.”

The Word of God abides, or lives, in you and you have beaten the evil one.

The Word of God is alive, it gives life, and this life is the new life in Christ, which beats off the old man, who is crucified, and renews the new man, who is risen with Christ.

This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith and faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

When the Word truly lives in you sin gets beaten and righteousness enters with fruit unto holiness and the end everlasting life.

Oh people! This is it. Grab it and live it.

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

5 thoughts on “The Word Lives in You”

  1. Can you explain what you mean when you say “be consumed” by the Word of God and sin will be mortified, or when the Word “lives in you” sin gets beaten? Sounds good but how does it become practical for the everyday Joe? Seems like you are saying if we just spend time reading and meditating on the bible our sins will just melt away. What about the illiterate Christians? Reading the bible is easy for a 21st century American, but what about the rest of the world where 70% of the people cant read and don’t own a bible? What were Christians supposed to do before the printing press made the bible available for personal study just a few centuries ago?

    What are your thoughts on Paul’s teaching on putting sin to death in Romans 6-8? He mentions baptism as the event that unites us to Christ’s death and resurrection, freeing us from the power of sin. Do you agree? He also mentions that we are to overcome the power of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit. Do you agree?

  2. Can you explain what you mean when you say “be consumed” by the Word of God and sin will be mortified, or when the Word “lives in you” sin gets beaten.
    I believe Jeff did answer that:The Word of God abides, or lives, in you and you have beaten the evil one. The Word of God is alive, it gives life, and this life is the new life in Christ, which beats off the old man, who is crucified, and renews the new man, who is risen with Christ
    Seems like you are saying if we just spend time reading and meditating on the bible our sins will just melt away.
    No, see the response above. The Word of God consumes your heart, thus changes your heart.
    As far as the rest of your questions I don’t feel I have the right to speak for Jeff.

  3. Chris,
    As to your first paragraph of questions, my earlier post I linked to refuted the idea that merely knowing the Bible beats sin. I am talking about the life of Christ, as led by the Spirit at work in the believer, which comes by the Word. Notice Faith comes by hearing, rather than faith comes by reading so this would not hinder illiterate folks unless they went to a latin speaking church.

    As to your second paragraph of questions, Romans 6-8 speaks of various means by which the believer battles sin. Romans 6-8 is part of the Word of God, thus we receive Paul’s truth in that word, through the illumination of the Spirit and none of it is possible apart from our baptism into Christ.

  4. Thanks for your response Jeff. Everything you say sounds good, but it feels like a sound bite of religious jargon that has no day to day practicality for people. It seems your suggestion is for people to read their bibles (or have it read to them) so their hearts can be renewed and sin will be defeated. You say, “Oh people this is it!” but there is so much more to our sanctification. The Word makes it clear that there are practical steps like baptism, being prayed over to receive a special outpouring the holy spirit, confessing our sins to another person, fasting, penance, alms giving, acts of love to our neighbor and enemy, etc that work together to release God’s healing power to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. I am just trying to edify other Christians by being practical and suggesting we not reduce mortifying sin to a sound bite of “be consumed by the Word and let the life of Christ live through you”.

  5. I’ll agree with your assessment, that is what it sounds like. It was a follow-up post to the post linked here about hiding stuff in your heart.

    Thesis statement of post #1: an intellectual knowledge of Scripture will not defeat sin.

    Thesis statement of post #2: doing God’s Word, having it be your life–doing what it says–is what will help you defeat sin.

    Based on all the things you stated that enable a person to defeat sin, all of which to my assumption you found in Scripture, is part of what I’m talking about. Not just knowing those things but doing them.

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