The Expression of God's Power

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God’s Word begins saying, “In the beginning, God….” God always existed; He is. God created the heavens and earth, and He created everything on and in the heavens and earth. While most science refuses, deliberately, to accept the fact of God’s creation, He nonetheless exists and created all things. He created all things out of His very Character, thus making the world epitomize whom He is.

Defined by Language

Language is verbal, existing, as we know, using words and grammar, mathematic using numbers, music using chords and words, and physical using body language or activities. We know about animals by observing how they act and by the sounds they make. We know about bacteria, good and bad, by the effect they have on its hosts. We know God by what He said and says and how He acts, like creating the world. All language comes from a brain or tissue that controls the organism. Except for humans particularly, organisms have controlling tissue built in, by God, of course.

Nonetheless, most organisms have some ability to modify somewhat its intrinsic nature. All people and organisms have some form or body, through which they express themselves. Regardless of the form, the brain or intrinsic nature, control the form. Perhaps the form limits or defines an organism, but what rules the form is its brain or controller. Each person or organism has power or strength derived from both its form ruled by its brain or controller and its language in the broadest sense.

God is a Spirit Being whose form we cannot really perceive. However, we know God by His language and His activities, like the creation. God has ultimate Power intrinsically, which He expresses by His language and His actions.

God’s power lies in the language of His mind, the ruach. His thinking is who He is and what He does because the Person, God, expresses Himself through language, through communication of His Language and His actions. What are some of the basics of the language within the mind?

How the Mind Works

The mind or brain receives information from various senses: nerves send sounds heard by the ears to the brain, which interpret these sounds as language, music or some kind of recognized noise; optic nerves send images to the brain, which interprets them as letters and words, surroundings, colors and objects; taste buds and smell receptors send their information to the brain, sensory nerves register sensations from things touching the skin, which are sent to the brain. The brain also receives information from every organ or part of the body.

The mind or brain always reacts to information it receives and usually sends a response; it seldom ignores information received. Among its responses are muscle movement as an action, vocalizing a thought and much more.

Mind has language, grammar and vocabulary, as its foundation. “Mental contents are those items which are thought of as being ‘in’ the mind, and capable of being formed and manipulated by mental processes and faculties.” – Wikipedia

The main manners of thinking include emotional, logic, intuitive, goal oriented. These four determine, not only how a person envisions his environment but also how he acts and reacts to a situation. An emotionally oriented person considers the world from some emotion like love, empathy, pleasant or unpleasant.

People apprehend the world through their vision, their interpretation, their knowledge and experience, their language. A mathematician sees numbers differently from those unfamiliar with calculus or analytical geometry. God, however, created everything and thus knows everything. His mind, His language and vocabulary exceed everything anyone could possibly learn even if he lived millions of years. Of course, God can teach people to think like Him and give them His vocabulary.

Bacon said, “Knowledge is power.” When we have the knowledge of and from the most powerful Person in the world, we also have the power to live according to His Language, His Mind, His Way of Life.

Consciousness: the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings: the awareness or perception of something by a person the fact of awareness by the mind of itself and the world: consciousness emerges from the operations of the brain.

“In popular usage mind is frequently synonymous with thought: the private conversation with ourselves that we carry on ‘inside our heads.’ Thus we ‘make up our minds,’ ‘change our minds’ or are ‘of two minds’ about something. One of the key attributes of the mind in this sense is that it is a private sphere to which no one but the owner has access. No one else can ‘know our mind.’ They can only interpret what we consciously or unconsciously communicate.” Wikipedia

Furthermore, besides the idiolect, which Wikipedia speaks of above, people have family languages, neighborhood languages, slang languages, city and state languages and formal language.

We know God’s Mind by what He communicates to us by Word and Deed, like the Creation. Linguistics explains how people communicate from thinking, conscious and subconscious, to speaking with sufficient force and power in the medium so that the sounds go from mouth to ear and from ear to the mind. What do people communication? – new information with many redundancies, emotions, suggestions, orders, deceitful messages, questions, images, gestures, body language or actions, music, opinions, fictions, lies, truths, all these spoken variously with authority, deferentially or subserviently, humorously, et. al.

The mind observes with understanding, sensitively, single minded, or objectively seeing, looking at or inspecting trying not to let preconceived notions cloud their observation.

Some receive God given insight to the present or the future like the seer or prophet, who look beyond normal appearance, vision and sight. These perceive God while others can or will not.

Is. 6:10 “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull,
And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.”

The mind uses judgments based on the aggregate and particular knowledge it has apprehended, as its basis in observing the world while trying to concentrate, be attentive, and use its reason to overcome its preconceived notions.

Put another way the element of a person that enables them to be aware of the world and their experiences, to think, and to feel; the faculty of consciousness and thought are:

A person's intellect: his keen mind; the state of normal mental functioning in a person as the strain has affected his mind; a person's memory; a person identified with their intellectual faculties; a person's attention; the will or determination to achieve something; inclination, desire, wish, urge, notion, fancy, intention, will; opinion, way of thinking, outlook, attitude, view, viewpoint, point of view

Power of God’s Words

From within the inner most part of God, He spoke the words that began His plan of life for people. He said, “Light.” As noted in previous articles, light is a powerful and vital creation for life. After speaking the word, He continues to call into existence all the other elements necessary to complete the creation.

Psa. 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
         And by the breath of His mouth all their host.

Peter’s next verse anticipates and predicted the world of today where science decided that either God does not exist or just put the Big Bang out there and let nature and evolution do the rest.

2Pet. 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

Hebrews explains that by God’s Word He created light.

Heb 11.3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

When people accept the fact that One Person, God, created the world by Himself alone, they will know and worship the True Creator and have the opportunity to obtain eternal life.

Psa. 33:7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
         He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Psa. 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
Psa. 33:9 For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

Job observed that his every breath gave him life from God and his inspiration inspires him to rely and worship the Creator’s power of the Word.

Job 27:3 For as long as life is in me,
         And the breath of God is in my nostrils,

Job 33:4 “The Spirit of God has made me,
         And the breath of the Almighty gives me life.

Just as God breathed into Adam the breath of life, which Job understood so well, when the time is right God will cause breath to come back into the dead and resurrect them to eternal life – “them bones.”

Ezek. 37:5 “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.

Ezekiel says the four winds bring the breath of life to those dead and slain. More on this later.

Ezek. 37:9 Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they come to life.”’”
Ezek. 37:10 So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

Ezekiel’s prophecy is continued in Revelation when the witnesses, who were slain, receive the breath of life from God like “them bone.”

Rev. 11:11 ¶ But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them.

God’s breath continues to keep the His creation bountiful as the Palmist notes.

Psa. 104:30         You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
         And You renew the face of the ground.

The power of God’s Word must make people praise God, if they would only know.

Psa. 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD,
         For He commanded and they were created.

John 1:1-4 is almost always misinterpreted; see many other articles. In the beginning God said, “Light,” as we know and many scriptures attest as Job above. People see the word as a being instead of what the Greek says, logos from lego, to say.

Without going into detail, I have just added the proper antecedent for he [logos, spoken word] to make sense of the verses.

John 1:1 ¶  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 He [logos, spoken word] was in the beginning with God.
John 1:3 All things came into being through Him [logos, spoken word], and apart from Him [logos, spoken word] nothing came into being that has come into being.
John 1:4 In Him [logos, spoken word] was life, and the life was the Light of men.

Hebrews helps, also, to explain the above verses. God’s Word completely and thoroughly created the world.

Heb. 11:3 By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

Jesus reiterated what we know that spirit means breath.

John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and *said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

 Peter reiterates the fact that the power of God’s Word created the world.

2Pet. 3:5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
2Pet. 3:6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.
2Pet. 3:7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

The Expression of God’s Power

The Ruach: mind, Spirit, wind and breath.

What is the relationship of mind and breath? The brain requires enormous amounts of oxygen to function, and we, obviously, breathe in that oxygen for the brain and the body as well to function. The water part of the blood carries the oxygen it absorbs in the lungs to the brain. That is why when God breathed into Adam the breath of life; the brain became the heart and mind of the body.

How the Power of God’s Words
Created the World

“…[T]he Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the waters.”

Ruach in Hebrew means spirit, breath, wind or mind. Rachaph means hover, moved or vibrated. The verse might be translated as “the breath of God vibrated over the surface of the waters.” The vocal folds in the throat cause a person’s breath to vibrate.

Suppose, the translations of rauch, spirit, were the breath of God, then God’s breath became the atmosphere to hover or move over the waters. God’s breath, which became the atmosphere, entered Adam’s lungs like resuscitation, and he received the atmospheric breath of life. More importantly, this breath contained language from God, His grammar and a tiny part of His vocabulary, thereby Adam could think and speak.

The atmosphere always contains water.

Heavens: shamayim, dual of an unused singular hRmÎv shameh, shaw-meh´; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve):

Waters: mayim, water.

8085. oAmÎv shama, shaw-mah´; a primitive root; to hear intelligently (often with implication of attention, obedience, etc.; causatively, to tell, etc.).

God’s breath, then, moved over the waters, which had to absorb the breath because water always absorbs gasses that touch it. On the other hand, breath always contains water as water vapor.

Following this logic, God’s mind expressed by His breath filled the air and water of Earth. Every breath we breathe and every drop of water we swallow expresses the essence of the inherent nature of God. By creation and language, people exist as ones made in His image.

Power and Authority Come from God.

Authority

God’s power is His authority over His own creation, which further extends to authority over nations given by Him to Noah from whom all authority to rule comes into being.

Hebrew uses several words for power.

Yad: hand, love, throw or cast, know, God, give, kingdom, appoints, raises up, contends, able, noble, adorned, exalted, oath, salvation, judge, father.

Yad is used as metonymy: the substitution of the name of an attribute or adjunct for that of the thing meant, for example suit for business executive, or the track for horse racing. When yad is used, it means God’s power.

Koach: strength, power,

Elohim: God, mighty, ruler, judge,

Chazaq: mighty hand (yad), be firm, strong, power, encourage, firm, prevail.

These meaning help to give us the scope of the Hebrew meanings for power and authority

God Is the Almighty

Obviously, since God created the world by the power of His Word, the creation, each part of it, comes from that strength and power. Whatever God does or says comes from that power. When God said, “Light!” light came into being. Light has great power, both as a force and an electromagnetic ray.

Psa. 65:6 Who establishes the mountains by His strength (koach), Being girded with might;

Jeremiah recognizes God’s power inherent in His name and creation.

Jeremiah 10:6 There is none like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is great in might.

Conclusion

God’s powerful Word is true from the beginning to Revelation. Thus, we must always trust Him.

Numbers 11:23 And the LORD said to Moses, "Is the LORD's hand shortened? Now you shall see whether my word will come true for you or not."

Numbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Amen.

Gil Kovacs,
Pastor, Sabbath Christian Church

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