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The Word is life
Pastor Mike Novotny
by Pastor Mike Novotny
May 29, 2024

Somewhere in Somalia, Christians risk their lives to read the Bible. After sunset, a brave disciple retrieves a hidden Bible from a cave, sneaks back into the village, and leads his small group in studying it. Before sunrise, this disciple reverses the process before his neighbors discover the secret and demand his death.

Why take such a risk? Jesus knows: “The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life” (John 6:63).

“Life” is one of the ways the Bible talks about being with God. Death is, essentially, distance between you and God, while life is the full enjoyment of his presence. 

Without the good news revealed in the Word, no sinner could claim a spot in God’s presence. But the words that Jesus spoke are full of life because they are full of access to God. Despite your transgressions, the Bible promises you, a believer in Jesus, the unimaginable—God himself.

Shortly after declaring that the Word of God is “alive and active,” the author to the Hebrews writes, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (4:12,16).

Approach the King of kings with confidence. Find mercy for every one of your sins. Find grace. God is not annoyed by your request or bothered by your presence. In fact, he wrote an entire book to tell you just the opposite.

Don’t believe me? Read the Word. It is full of the Spirit and life!