By John J. Blanchard
March 1, 2014
Good morning, brethren. After the gift of life itself, language is arguably the most important ingredient in human existence. That may take a little while to wrap your mind around. When you stop to think about the importance of language, where would we be without language? And it doesn’t matter which language one speaks on this earth. It is through language that we communicate thought. Without language we are really limited to very primitive communication.
Having seen my new baby granddaughter recently, I can see that as a two- or three-week-old baby they are very limited in expressing what they need or want at any point in time. She is basically limited to crying, squirming, or smiling. She is just starting to smile. With those three mechanisms, you have to determine if she is uncomfortable, hungry, needs to be changed, or is happy or sad. She is very, very limited because she has no language skills yet. Language is very crucial for one mind to be able to express itself and convey its thoughts and emotions to another mind or many minds. Without language it cannot be done efficiently.
Our language is obviously composed of words that form our vocabulary. We are also limited by the degree that we have developed a vocabulary over our lifetime. If you have very few words, you can only express a very few thoughts. If you understand and can relate through many words, you can express yourself better and get your point and thoughts across better, but you also must be communicating with someone who understands those words. This is how communication and thought is exchanged among human beings. The more words we know, the larger our vocabulary, the better we can communicate.
There are many complex subdivisions in vocabulary. Let me explain that. Every culture has many languages within it, you might say, but they are subdivisions of their main language. It is like this. You have the vocabulary of the culture. There are certain words and phrases that are really only understood properly in that culture. You also have various subdivisions to earn a living within that culture. You could say the language of an engineer. We have some engineers among our congregation. Or there is architecture, or biosciences, or library science. You have languages and words and phrases associated with these various ways to earn a living.
Also there is the language of government and law. It’s incumbent upon the people to understand at least the basics of the laws and what the government wants us to do, in order to stay in line as far as following the same rules. Within government itself it is a very complex language. It is the same thing in the judiciary. There is a very complex language of legal terms and definitions. You would find that in the arts and in various sciences. Each has a subset of vocabulary within any given language.
Words and definitions have to be accepted by everybody, or the majority, within each of these subdivisions and within the culture itself in order to have the necessary building blocks to communicate well. A civil society needs a language in which the words and definitions are accepted. In other words, when someone uses a word, we all know what it means. If we did not all have the same concept on that word, confusion and chaos would run rampant.
Words form pathways that are assembled together to link one mind to another mind. With those words we can convey thoughts along those pathways. We can share what’s in our minds. We can share our deepest emotions. Without those words, we have no way to communicate. For instance, there is the person who is in a coma and cannot express themselves. There have been people who have come out of a coma and said, I wanted to say this and this was on my mind and I heard the people talking, but I couldn’t answer back. I couldn’t communicate. This is of course a medical condition, but it shows you that without words and the ability to express them, we are trapped in our own mind. Our thoughts stay locked up, as it were.
I want to jump from that concept of language and words to God’s word—the Bible. One of Christ’s main attributes is the total and perfect use of language. He has the complete, total, perfect use of language. Scriptural references are throughout the Bible that refer to this, and I gave up looking them up. There are so many places where the Bible talks about the word of God and Christ Himself. I want to start with John chapter 1.
THE EMBODIMENT OF PURE LANGUAGE
Turn to the gospel of John chapter 1, verse 1: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
We are talking about the Great Creator Jesus Christ here, and He is called the Word—the Logos. The Logos (#3056, Strong’s Concordance, 1995) by definition is a very interesting word because it literally means something said including the thought behind that. It also means by implication a topic or subject of discourse or reasoning behind the subject of discourse, a motive, or by extension a computation. To sum it all up, in the Greek it means the Divine Expression. God totally uses everything within language and word to communicate His thoughts, His computations, His imaginings and reasonings that He wants us to understand. Jesus Christ literally has this as part of His name.
You could say Jesus Christ is perfect language, and He communicates to our hearts and minds and to our very souls the things that He wants us to know. He is the embodiment of perfect language and therefore perfect communication. We must be in concert with His will to understand His thoughts, His reasonings, and His computations. He gives us the help we need to comprehend those things if we allow Him to work in our lives. He has that tremendous ability to communicate all knowledge perfectly, and He understands all knowledge!
With that idea in mind, let’s turn to Hebrews chapter 4. It is a Scripture we often read. Turn to Hebrews chapter 4. Jesus Christ with His tremendous mind power and language skills is referred to here beginning in verse 11. Hebrews 4, verse 11: “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest [speaking of the Millennial rest], lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience [as the ancients did—we need to learn from their example]. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
It doesn’t matter what language we speak or what culture we are from, the Word, Jesus Christ, who understands all language and has the perfect mind and the perfect understanding of all right knowledge, can discern where we are coming from in our thoughts. He knows what our motives are and what our reasonings are. He can understand by dividing our inner-most selves from truth and error. He can see the intents of our heart. Are we intent upon pursuing truth and righteousness, or are we constantly veering in a wrong direction in our thoughts and our use of language and communication? The living word—the living language, Jesus Christ—can discern all these things no matter what language we personally speak or understand.
TEACHING IS LIKE RAIN
Now I want to turn to another Scripture we often read in Isaiah 55. We are getting a deeper knowledge of what this means to be the Logos and in concert with the will of the Logos and understanding His thoughts. We have read Isaiah 55 many times. It is a fascinating Scripture. You can read the whole chapter on your own.
Let’s starting reading Isaiah 55, verse 8: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.’”
As we have learned and talked about many times in the past, God’s thoughts are sent to the earth in the form of rain. This means doctrine. He sends His truth in the form of the Bible—His word—which is a living word that literally waters our soil to bear spiritual crops. It is the soil of our minds. We understand how important that is to be fertile ground for God to work in. The point here is that His thoughts are so deep and His knowledge so in depth and so true to what is right, that we need to sit down and ask God to help us share that rain. That is His thoughts in our minds. We need His help for us to understand the language that He is conveying those thoughts in.
God uses the Bible. He uses the Hebrew, the Aramaic, and the Greek, but there are so many variations and so many ways to look at a set of Scriptures that it can be appropriate in different ways in our lives and at different times. It can actually vary throughout the epochs of history and yet have tremendous meaning in each of those times. God works with our minds to unlock what it means. For instance, there is the concept of rain. We could just read this and say, God sends rain. He makes physical crops grow. But when you look into the Hebrew, that means doctrine as well—His truth, the word, the Bible. We see there are other meanings that give greater depth. It is like an onion with layer after layer of knowledge within His thoughts. God is speaking to us, and He wants us to understand as we grow in knowledge and in the Holy Spirit. He wants us to understand deeper and deeper things about His mind. He wants us to utilize that. He is constantly speaking to us.
GOD SPEAKS THROUGH CREATION
Turn, if you would, to Psalm 19. We are going to read the entire Psalm. It’s very short. Psalm 19, verse 1: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.”
Through the heavens (through creation) God speaks to us every day and every night. It doesn’t matter what language we personally use to try to understand the heavens. When we look at them every night and every day, God’s plan and His thoughts behind them are there for us to see and discover. They help us grow in deeper and deeper knowledge. You will see as we progress a little bit further here that in the simple forms the sun represents Jesus Christ and the moon represents His bride, the Church. Continuing in this Psalm we are going to see that God has established things in the heavens for us to understand His thoughts.
Continuing we will reread verse 4: “Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, and its circuit to the other end; and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the Lord is perfect…”
The law can be considered the first five books of the Bible. It could also be considered the Ten Commandments. But here we see the Psalmist jumping from the heavens portraying God’s plan every day and every night to the law of the Lord being perfect, converting the soul.
Verse 7: “…converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple…”
The entire testimony of God is the entire Bible. These are all God’s words. They are inspired.
Verse 8 of Psalm 19: “…the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.”
We find out that listening to God’s thoughts and letting them dwell in us improving our character through conversion, we can obtain a very fine reward. There are blessings that go along with that.
Verse 12: “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless. And I shall be innocent of great transgression.”
Then we see the Psalmist saying, God, with Your tremendous thoughts and knowledge, help me to overcome sin.
In conclusion we read verse 14: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”
LISTEN TO GOD’S WORD
The Psalmist concludes with let my use of language and my use of words be good in your sight. May they help Your cause and help me to grow. In other words, how we use language is part of the whole process of conversion. We need to be growing in everything from conquering foul language, to properly speaking of God’s word, to properly sharing truths with others. We share what is good and pure from our minds to other people’s minds. We eliminate that which is evil or harmful.
The prophets and the saints of old revered the word of God. They understood without even having the New Testament that Jesus Christ, the Logos, has this perfect knowledge and this perfect word. I want to turn to Psalm 119 and read a few Scriptures from Psalm 119. It is so full of God’s wisdom, and it often speaks of His word.
Let’s go to Psalm 119, beginning in verse 9. We will read verses 9-16 to start with. “How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to Your word.”
If we are truly interested in being Christian, all of us want to know how to get cleaner. We want to know how do we get purer. We listen to God’s word and take heed.
Verse 10 of Psalm 119: “With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth.”
In other words, we listen to God. Then we turn around, and with our lips we convey those thoughts and intents of God and that knowledge to other people.
Verse 14: “I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word.”
It’s really important for us to dwell on God’s thoughts and to let those words live in us, for He is the living word. We should never forget them. We should constantly remind ourselves of God’s way of life, His plan, and our part in letting those words live in us. In this way it can cure us of our sinful selves. It can cleanse us to make us pure and give us the ability to use language in the proper and righteous way.
Dropping down to verse 41 of Psalm 119: “Let Your mercies come also to me, O Lord—Your salvation according to Your word. So shall I have an answer for him who reproaches me, for I trust in Your word.”
When we are beset on every side and when we are having trouble with other human beings, it is through God’s word and the use of His word which we learned from Him that we deal with these problems.
Continuing in verse 43 of Psalm 119: “And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth, for I have hoped in Your ordinances.”
We all make mistakes. We want God to continue to reveal His truth to us and not cut us off, but that takes repentance on our part.
Verse 44: “So shall I keep Your law continually, forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts. I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. And I will delight myself in Your commandments, which I love.”
Notice how God’s word is often wrapped up with the commandments and with the statutes. When Jesus Christ came, lived, and died, He said now you don’t need to observe these sacrificial statutes. There are other statutes that we need to keep observing, such as the holy days, to understand God’s plan.
Without reading God’s words and letting them richly dwell in us, all this knowledge escapes us. Then when we speak, we can be speaking incorrectly. Our use of knowledge is greatly flawed.
Turn now to Psalm 119, verse 140: “Your word is very pure; therefore Your servant loves it.”
When we read God’s word, we need to understand we are reading the most pure language and the most pure thoughts that there ever were for human beings to let into their minds! These thoughts are so pure that if we allow them to work in our lives, we will come to love them more and more. They will become a part of us, so that we can indeed be cleansed and make ourselves purer in God’s sight. Then He reveals more of His thoughts and deeper thoughts all the time.
Now if you would, turn to Proverbs. We are going to Proverbs chapter 30. I could have read so many Scriptures about following God’s word. We would be here all day, but you get the idea of the importance and the perfection of God’s words and His thoughts. Now let’s go to Proverbs 30 for a warning.
BE SURE BEFORE WE PREACH
Proverbs chapter 30, verse 5: “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.”
In other words, we need to carefully quote God’s Scriptures and not add thoughts that weren’t there to His thoughts. It is very important. Whether we are talking about a way of life or we are talking about prophecy, whatever it is we need to make sure we are as right as we can be before we can proceed to share it or talk about it. God said, don’t add to My words because you may be found a liar. None of us want to be in that situation, so we have to be very careful when we read God’s word. Let them work in us, and make sure what we are saying squares with the Scriptures to the very best of our ability. We all make mistakes, but that’s why we have repentance and the blood of Christ. But we need to try to do that as perfectly as possible.
Now let’s go to Revelation chapter 22 because this same thought is conveyed there but even more forcefully. Revelation chapter 22, verse 18: “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
This also talks about taking away from God’s word and leaving things out. This is the warning that I get for myself as a minster, I have to be very careful to try to speak the whole truth. Don’t hold part of it back. Don’t say too much, but make sure whatever I say is correct. And don’t add to it. That’s a fine line to walk obviously because we are reading a book that’s conveying the thoughts of the greatest genius in the universe! But He says, I want to help you. With the spirit of truth I will lead you into understanding.
We get in trouble when we jump ahead, for example, on dates and prophecies or when we assume too much to ourselves and don’t corroborate what we are saying in the word of God. God says, be very careful.
Really these verses aren’t talking about people who inadvertently make a mistake when they are trying hard. These are people who willingly twist God’s word and leave things out. I will show you what I am talking about as we continue. It directly leads to what is really ailing the world today. And I mean all the problems in the world! Man continues to misuse language to spread hatred, falsehood, and lies often using words of faith or Scriptures that have been twisted.
SATAN’S LANGUAGE INFLUENCES PEOPLE
How did this enter the human race? We could go back to the beginning of the Bible. Let’s turn back to Genesis chapter 2 and see where all this started. God warned, and that was Jesus Christ’s warning in Genesis 2:8, that not every plant in the Garden of Eden was good to eat. There was one that wasn’t.
Genesis 2, verse 8: “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
There was one tree that you could not imbibe of. Jesus Christ is the tree of life, and we have proven and shown that in various sermons and Bible studies in the past. It is good to take of His fruit to bear fruit His way. But there was a tree there that was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil that represented what was evil in this world. That comes directly from Satan.
Let’s drop down to chapter 3 of Genesis. We won’t read the whole story of the fall of man, but we will just notice where this false use of language entered the Adamic race. We have covered this before. The earth was ruined by Satan, so there were human-type beings or human beings on the earth prior to Adam. We don’t want to get into that whole issue, but the Adamic race built in the image and likeness of God started with Adam. It should have stayed pure, but God knew there were going to be problems. He is going to rescue mankind, which is the whole point of His plan. We need to understand His plan. Here is what happened to the Adamic man.
Genesis 3, verse 1: “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said, “You shall not eat of every tree of the garden”’?”
Notice the most cunning, trickiest, and the shadiest being in the universe, Satan, uses words to deceive Eve. It is language.
Verse 2 of Genesis 3: “And the woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, “You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.”’ Then the serpent said to the woman, ‘You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”
We see that through the deceptive use of language Satan tricked Adam and Eve into imbibing of his thoughts. He now had a pathway into their minds to tempt them and to work with their minds to cause all sorts of anxieties, fears, lusts, and temptations. He now had the words and the language to pull their chain and to rattle their cage, as they say. He could get them to do his will by conveying his attitudes and his thoughts. Now Adam and Eve didn’t just have God’s thoughts entering them. They now had this being who knew good and evil, and he could always mix in the degree of evil that would bring down a human being, a race, a culture, and a nation. That has been his modus operandi ever since. Lies and deceit entered the human race through the misuse of language.
Satan’s lie was: go ahead and judge for yourself. You can decide what is right and wrong. You don’t need God to tell you what to do. You figure out what the truth is. You can now rationalize your own behavior. We see the results this very day. The wrong use of words and language has spawned so many wars, so much hatred, so much false religion, and so much intolerance that it is incalculable.
If we turn to Genesis chapter 11, we can see what God had to do to inhibit the growth of evil and to slow it down, so that His plan would have the time it would take (6,000 years) to beat Satan. We are starting in Genesis 11, verse 1. Read Genesis 11:1-9.
I was looking at a chart that showed the origins, as best we can understand, of where language came from. All the languages of the earth come from an Indo-European dialect. It all comes from the same source, but it went in different directions. It is very consistent with the scriptures. Until this very time, language was a tremendous barrier to mankind, so the growth of human knowledge, invention, and technology was very slow. You will notice that it picks up speed as language barriers fell throughout the earth. Languages moved to more of an in-common, one-superior language, such as Latin for the Roman Empire, Greek for the Greeks, and on to French and today English, which is the language of choice around the world. As these barriers fell and scientists, inventors, and theologians could get down to fewer and fewer languages to disseminate knowledge, knowledge grew faster. Now they say knowledge is doubling every four or five years because the barriers are falling. With technology there is software that can interpret various languages as fast as you can say them. Knowledge is able to get spread wildly and much more efficiently than ever before. Therefore it is incumbent upon us that language be used properly and those words be used properly. Otherwise Satan also has more power to disseminate his lie and more power to say, judge for yourself. He has more power to say, you decide what is right and wrong, and here is what we think and here is what they think. You decide what is the truth. You rationalize your thoughts and your behavior until it gets to be very confusing once again. Mankind doesn’t know what’s right and what’s wrong. This is the harm of not sticking with God’s pure thoughts. We go further and further astray. Literally the misuse of language and the spread of false ideas and false thoughts is what have led to all the ailments we see in the world today. I am speaking of the social ills: the hatred, the intolerance, the injustice, ethnic cleansing, and religious wars. You could go on and on. It is all from the false use of language.
If you would, turn to the Book of Psalms once again. Psalm chapter 50, verse 16: “But to the wicked God says: ‘What right have you to declare My statutes, or take My covenant in your mouth…”
God challenges people who say they speak for Him and who say they have a corner on knowledge. He says, who gave you the right to twist My words and My thoughts?
USING LANGUAGE TO LIE
Verse 17 of Psalm 50: “…seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you? When you saw a thief, you consented with him, and have been a partaker with adulterers. You give your mouth to evil, and your tongue frames deceit. You sit and speak against your brother; you slander your own mother’s son.”
This is Christ speaking through His word. He is saying, who gave you the right to start polluting My language and My scriptures, and to use My words to turn man against man? Who gave you the right to use My words to steal from your brother and to slander your brother, your neighbor, and your friend? Who gave you the right to use the Bible and My pure language, God says, to make the human race a mess? In other words, you are listening to Satan’s lies to twist everything. God says, that is reprehensible!
Psalm 52, verse 1: “Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The goodness of God endures continually. Your tongue devises destruction, like a sharp razor working deceitfully. You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking righteousness. You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.”
This is truly a huge problem today. People no longer seem to restrain themselves from lying. Lying is becoming so acceptable. It doesn’t matter if you are looking at entertainment where people think it’s funny to lie constantly, or to politicians and government leaders, or to even theologians and people using fear and lies to keep other people in line in order to steer them in a direction they want them to go. God says, you don’t have the right to do this, and I hate that people are using their words to twist My thoughts and to devise evil to bring harm to the human race.
Isaiah 5 says it very well. This is very indicative of our time today. Turn to Isaiah chapter 5, verse 20: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
That is exactly a summation of what we have today. Too many people are calling good evil and evil good. They are calling sweet things bitter and bitter things sweet.
If you back up to verse 18 of Isaiah 5, God says: “Woe to those who draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as if with a cart rope; that say, ‘Let Him make speed and hasten His work, that we may see it; and let the counsel of the Holy One of Israel draw near and come, that we may know it.’”
In other words, people are being drawn with words into wrong ways of thinking and sin, as if drawing them into a wrong way of thought to motivate them to do whatever it is that you want, whether it is ethnic cleansing or it’s your own agenda.
I felt it was important to talk about this today, because when I look around the world watching the news, I see so many examples of the misuse of language. I see the twisting of what God has made pure and calling it good. People are calling evil things good when they are bad, and bad things good when they are evil. They are simply twisting God’s pure words.
TWISTING GOD’S CONCEPTS
Here are some examples: abortion. Abortion is termed “freedom of choice.” God would say, other than in the case when you are trying to preserve a woman’s life, abortion is murder. It is simple. That is His definition. It is murder.
Another example is gay marriage. What is gay marriage? In God’s word it is impossible because the word for two becoming one flesh requires two of the opposite sex. In God’s word it is impossible for two of the same sex to be married, so that’s the misuse of a word. It is the misuse of the word marriage. Call it what you want, other than marriage. Don’t use God’s definitions and God’s meanings for life and how it is to be procreated by twisting God’s reverence for marriage.
It is the same thing with family. It is very similar. God tells us what a family is with a father and a mother and with the potential of children that could come. He created the concept of family. Indeed God the Father and Jesus Christ are building a family, and the Church is called the bride of Christ, which is going to have children in the faith. We cannot choose to take a word that God has designed in the pureness of His word—family—and twist it to mean something we want it to be. Sometimes they use Scripture to do that, which is twisting the pure word of God to their own devices.
WORDS DIVIDE PEOPLE
Another thing that is often done with words is that words are used to cause division and to divide. They divide people against people, race against race, class against class, church against church, and family against family. God wants unified people. He wants people to get along, and He hates division. There are a number of Scriptures that talk about that.
Turn to I Corinthians chapter 3, verse 1 where Paul is speaking: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ.”
Paul is talking to brethren here saying, I can’t even speak to you as spiritual people, and here’s why.
Continuing in verse 2 of I Corinthians 3: “I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?”
Paul says, when you are divided, you are being selfish. You are at each other’s throats and acting so carnally that I can’t talk to you spiritually. That means they were shutting themselves off from the truth of God’s word.
We can use words to divide people and cause hatred, or we can use words to heal. There is another Scripture that says a well-chosen word is like an apple in God’s eye and good for the soul. We need to use language to heal wounds and not promote wounds. Too many leaders today around the world in government and also in church circles divide. They separate people. They try to play one group against another for their own agenda.
OBSCURING THE TRUTH
The last thing I want to mention today is using language to dissemble, which means to hide one’s motives and to obscure the truth. We hear a lot today about transparency, yet I don’t know if there has ever been a less transparent time in history! People don’t seem to agree on what words actually mean anymore. We can’t sit down in the same room and talk about family anymore. It is a divisive term and not a unifying term. We can hardly talk about marriage anymore or human rights because various things are pushed by twisting the truth, dissembling the truth, and hiding motives. It is done politically. It is done in society. It is done in education. It’s really tearing apart the fabric of society that keeps us glued together, which is the proper use of language and the acceptable definition of terms.
Turn, if you would, to James chapter 5. James says it very straight forward here. He is definitely against dissembling and hiding motives. He says here in James 5, verse 12: “But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No,’ lest you fall into judgment.”
We need to speak clearly, and our leaders need to speak clearly. Too many leaders in government, theology, and even in education will hide behind the Bible or Scripture. They say they are Christian or they can be seen carrying a Bible yet dissembling. They don’t say “yes” for “yes” and “no” for “no”, but they are twisting, obscuring, and making things opaque. They take words and play games so no one understands what the real definition is anymore. We can’t come to an agreement as to how we are even going to talk about a subject, because the understanding of various words is that divergent and that much different from one group to another group. It tears the fabric of society apart. It does tremendous damage.
A PURE LANGUAGE
At Christ’s return language will once again be purified. I don’t necessarily think that means everybody will right off the bat be speaking one language. It means when they refer to God’s word and when they share their thoughts, they are going to be doing it in a pure way.
Turn to the fourth to the last book in the Old Testament. Let’s go to Zephaniah. We are looking at Zephaniah chapter 3, verse 8: “‘Therefore wait for Me,’ says the Lord, ‘until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations to My assembly of kingdoms, to pour on them My indignation, all My fierce anger; all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy.’”
We are not talking about fires that consume the earth and burn everybody up, but the fire that is going to purge out the dross. You will see what He says ultimately is going to happen here.
Verse 9 of Zephaniah 3: “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”
When people refer to faith, to God, and to the holy days, they will all be of one accord, for they will understand the Logos’ words—the Bible. Instead of having the world divided and a world full of hatred and animosity, they will have one source for truth—the truth that leads to salvation—and that’s the word of God. It will be understood. There will be no more dissembling, no more Satanic lies, and no more broadcasting from Satan to confuse mankind. It will be a wonderful time because we will all be on the same page linguistically! We will all understand the language of God.
It is time right now that we stop fighting the Logos. Stop fighting Jesus Christ with the improper use of words and language, and in particular Scripture.