The primary teachings in this issue of Good News may seem to be hard, difficult, and even unacceptable to you (John 6:60). These key teachings include God’s revelation that Sin is a “disease” of your heart (Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 15:19) and that God’s living Word is His healing Medicine for you, to combat the disease of the power of Sin now at work within you (Psalm 107:20; Jeremiah 3:2; Exodus 15:26; Proverbs 4:20–22).
The primary purpose of this issue of Good News is to point you to Scripture and to thereby hear God saying to you that there is hope for you. How? As you daily read, reread, and meditate on God’s living Word, through His Word Gods cleanses you from Sin and strengthens your faith (Psalm 107:20).
Look at the illustration on the opposite page. Begin with the lower part of the body, which illustrates your intestines. Your intestines are wonderful miracle-producing gifts from God. When food enters your mouth, God’s miracle-producing intestines transform the raw food into substances that give you a strong body and good health.
Now, take a second look at the illustration, this time the top of the illustration—the brain. Each of us has a brain which, interestingly, looks very much like our intestines. Even more interesting is this: The function of the brain is somewhat similar to the function of the intestines! When living Word-driven thoughts and teachings enter your ears—and then your brain—God does miraculous things within you. God’s Word creates faith: “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ” (Romans 10:17; Ephesians 2:8–9). God’s Word causes you to be “reborn” (1 Peter 1:23) and through this same Word, God plants His gift of faith into your heart. This divine gift of faith overcomes the world and the power of Sin. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith” (1 John 5:4).
It is also for this reason that, in the prayers for the church one often hears a plea that all God’s children would “read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest” God’s Word. When you have God’s Word in you, you also have Christ in you. “Jesus answered and said to him, ‘If anyone loves Me, he will keep My Word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him’” (John 14:23). When you are daily meditating and digesting (believing) God’s living Word, as a medicine, this Word will then also free you from the power of the disease of Sin, and the slavery to Sin. “Jesus therefore was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you abide in My Word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free [from the slavery to Sin].’ They answered Him, ‘We are Abraham’s offspring, and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You shall become free?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits Sin is the slave of Sin’” (John 8:31–34).
Finally, the Holy Spirit summarizes His teaching on your disease of Sin and how Baptism is your initial treatment to control the power of Sin and to prevent Sin from re-enslaving you in Romans 6:6–23. After this first treatment, each time you are hear, eat, and sing the living Word you are continuously “receiving the Word implanted which is able to save your soul” (James 1:23).
Dear Lord Jesus, cause me to hunger for Your Word. Lead me to read, mark, memorize, and digest Your living Word. Use Your Word to cleanse, forgive, heal, and strengthen my faith. In Your powerful and intercessory name, I pray. Amen.