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"Word Power"

January 23, 2004

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I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes. Romans 1:16

Dynamite packs terrific power. Atomic and hydrogen bombs contain terrifying power. Modern technology sports an impressive array of powerful machines. But words perhaps convey even greater power. A word triggers the dynamite in the bombs and instructs powerful machines to operate.

We looked yesterday at God’s spiritual power source unlimited, focusing on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Romans 1:16, our text, describes the Word that unlocks that power source.

Gospel – the Word, Good news. God’s good news about a Savior who took upon Himself our unrighteousness. Righteous, He paid the price on the cross. God declares the world righteous for Christ’s sake. That righteousness comes to us by faith in Christ.

And Paul calls that Gospel the power of God for salvation, “dynamite” according to the Greek word for power. Word power, Gospel power. What sheer joy as a believer to have in our possession such Word power. The church preaches that Word and administers the sacraments as visible words.

We hear the Gospel every day for our own assurance and power. We speak the Gospel every day for the salvation of others. We live the Gospel because we have been instructed to operate with power for others. Word power unlocks God’s spiritual power source unlimited.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord God, for the power of Your Gospel in my life. Help me to seek power from Your Word daily. Amen.

(Devotions from “My Daily Devotion” by Dr. Stephen J. Carter, copyright 1988, CPH. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be printed, reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of Concordia Publishing House. For ordering information, please contact CPH at 800-325-3040 or visit

Today's Bible Readings: Job 36-37    Matthew 15:1-20

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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