John 6:63 - The Power of God's Word.

John 6:63; The Power of God's Word.

John 6:63 (KJV)  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh 
profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and 
they are life. 

The life of Christ, that gives life to the world, is in His 
word. It was by His word that Jesus healed disease and cast out 
demons; by His word He stilled the sea, and raised the dead; and the 
people bore witness that His word was with power. He spoke the word of 
God, as He had spoken through all the prophets and teachers of the 
Old Testament. The whole Bible is a manifestation of Christ, and the 
Saviour desired to fix the faith of His followers on the word. When his 
visible presence should be withdrawn, the word must be their source of 
power. Like their Master, they were to live "by every word that 
proceedeth out of the mouth of God." [Mat. 4:4.] 
As our physical life is sustained by food, so our spiritual life 
is sustained by the word of God. And every soul is to receive life 
from God's word for himself. As we must eat for ourselves in order to 
receive nourishment, so we must receive the word for ourselves. We are 
not to obtain it merely through the medium of another's mind. We 
should carefully study the Bible, asking God for the aid of the Holy 
Spirit, that we may understand His word. We should take one verse, and 
concentrate the mind on the task of ascertaining the thought which God has 
put in that verse for us. We should dwell upon the thought until it 
becomes our own, and we know "what saith the Lord.". . . . . 
By looking constantly to Jesus with the eye of faith, we shall 
be strengthened. God will make the most precious revelations to His 
hungering, thirsting people. They will find that Christ is a personal 
Saviour. As they feed upon His word, they find that it is spirit and 
life. The word destroys the natural, earthly nature, and imparts a new 
life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a 
Comforter. By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is 
reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature. Love takes the place 
of hatred, and the heart receives the divine similitude. This is 
what it means to live "by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth 
of God." This is eating the Bread that comes down from heaven.  

The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in 
the word of God. This word imparts power; it begets life. Every 
command is a promise; accepted by the will, received into the soul, it 
brings with it the life of the Infinite One. It transforms the nature 
and re-creates the soul in the image of God.  ED126 

"The words that I speak to you, they are Spirit, and they are 
life." In other words, a person eats Christ's flesh and drinks His 
blood--that is, partakes of Christ and receives Him--by receiving the Word as 
taught by the Spirit. . . . Jesus is the Living Word (John 1:1-4), and 
He was "made flesh" for us (1:14). The Bible is the written Word. 
Whatever the Bible says about Jesus, it also says about itself. Both are 
holy (Luke 1:35 and 2 Tim. 3:15); both are Truth (John 14:6; 17:17); 
both are Light (John 8:12; Ps. 119:105); both give life (John 5:21; 
Ps. 119:93); both produce the new birth (1 John 5:18; 1 Peter 1:23); 
both are eternal (Rev. 4:10; 1 Peter 1:23); both are the power of God 
(1 Cor. 1:24; Rom. 1:16). The conclusion is obvious: when you 
receive the Word into your heart, you receive Jesus Christ. We "eat His 
flesh" by partaking of the Word of God. "I am the living Bread," said 
Jesus in v. 51; and in Matt. 4:4 He said, "Man shall not live by bread 
alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God." [Wiersbe 
Expository Outlines]