BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER

  IS IT BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER OR BY THE POWER OF HIS WORD?      –     —  by Mary A. LaClair

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Heb 1:1-4
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
NKJV

Wouldn’t it read much better if it said ‘by the power of His word’?  But that would not be correct.

Power of God's Word

The Word of His Power

Every once in awhile a Scripture will seem impossible to understand. Sometimes I think “Maybe it’s actually a mis-print.”  In an effort to clear up any misunderstanding I search numerous other versions.

The Scripture, “He upholds all things by the word of his power”, seems more natural to read as ‘by the power of his word’; yet I find that it is correct as written; “…by the word of His power.”

Searching the internet for what other ministries might think this unusual wording means,  I was not satisfied that I’d found enough there. In my heart I asked the Lord several times what is the significance of this special wording, wording which seemed backwards to me.                seek bible

I was probably folding laundry when something just dropped itself in my mind, with no pre-thought and no effort of my own.  Surprise! This thought was the answer to my long asked question.  I have since found Scripture verifies and proves that which was suddenly planted in my mind.

Jesus used the words of the Father.  Jesus’ power is from the Father and the words of the Father. That is his Power. I feel that the word Power should be capitalized in this reference.

John 5:19-20                           Jesus_resurrection

19 Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. (NIV)

 John 12:48-50

 49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”  KJV   

It’s not the power of his own word, Jesus’ power is the Father and the Father’s words! The words spoken by the Father carry power.  Jesus upholds all things by the spoken word of the Father  —  the spoken word of his Power!

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Jesus himself often said that he did, and said, only what he saw his Father do and what he heard his Father say.

Saying ‘the word of his Power’ is giving a double implication, double significance, to the mind picture of the Father being Power, and the importance of the word of Father God, the God-head of the Trinity.

John 5:30

30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.  KJV

 John 8:27-29

 28 So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am [the one I claim to be] and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. 29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” KJV

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 John 14:9-10

 10 Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. KJV

I now see this Scripture as ‘He upholds all things by the Word of the Father’ the “Word of His Power…His Power being the Father and the Father’s words.

Jesus wants us to know that the words are not his words, therefore it is not ‘by the power of his word’. The ‘Word of His Power” means  the source of the power is the Father; thus, all things are upheld by the word of The Father who is the Power in Jesus –just as the Word of God should be the power within us if, and when in faith, we speak the words of the Father which were also spoken by Jesus.

It may be like saying that one cannot separate the Word from the Father.  Jesus is the Word made flesh and one cannot separate Jesus from the Father, they are One. This is what Jesus tells us in the Scriptures quoted above, if one can see it.

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“… who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power,…” NKJV

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8 thoughts on “BY THE WORD OF HIS POWER

  1. I respectively have to say I’m not sure how this makes sense. Scripture implies God created everything through the Son (by means of Him). Also scripture says in Jesus all things hold together. It seems the implication you have said is that Christ has no power in and of himself. I understand the scriptures you refer to are from Jesus earthly ministry where he emptied himself and became completely dependent and obedient to the Father. They don’t refer to the glorified Christ who created and sustains the universe (col 1:16,17). It seems to me that hebrews 1 and col 1 closely parallel each other on the nature of Christ so one can compare the two. Maybe though I don’t completely understand what exactly you are saying and for that I apologize. My only concern respectively is it seems you downgrade the power of Christ. Paul repeatly mentions being strengthened (empowered in the greek) and having the power or energy of Christ working in Him. I believe this is the same power that upholds the universe. Sorry for the disagreement and I hope I’m not being disrespectful

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    • First I do not think you are being disrespectful, however I thank you for the advance apology. I welcome the chance to respond.
      Perhaps it becomes confusing when one tries to separate Jesus from the Father.
      Try picturing it this way:

      Father God is the Power, the Very GREAT Power. We cannot connect to such Power without a ‘transformer’ to download that capacity to that which we can withstand in our lesser form and weak frame (as compared to God). Think of God as the Power Plant, and Jesus as the extension cord. Jesus is connected to the Father, then we plug into Jesus, and suddenly we are connected to the Power. Jesus is our power source, which gives us HIS power which He receives from the Father.

      Jesus is our go-between, the extension of the Father. He and the Father are one.

      In more ways than one, Jesus is our Transformer.

      We should try to understand the Scripture where Jesus Himself states this ‘one-ness’.

      John 17:20-23
      20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will* believe in Me through their word; 21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one: 23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me. NKJV

      John 17:14
      14 I have given them Your word; … NKJV

      The word of the Father is Power, Jesus spoke the words of the Father. When we speak the words which Jesus spoke, we are speaking the words the Father spoken to Jesus. It gets traced back to the source. Without Jesus we lose that power. Jesus CARRIES the power, as an extension of the Father. He and the Father are One.

      We can all be transformed by the Power of God when we connect to Jesus !

      In more ways than one JESUS IS OUR TRANSFORMER !

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      • I appreciate the analogy it does speak well to the mediation of christ with us and the Father. Although the thing is in regards to hebrews 1:3 I think if we just take it at face value and let col 1:15-18 give us another reference as well as hebrews 1:10, Jesus is the Creator, even the Father says so in hebrews 1:10. He says to the Son: “You laid the foundations of the earth.” I see Christ as the power of the Father because that’s what he is called elsewhere in scripture. So ultimately hebrews 1:3 is saying that Jesus is exactly like God the father in substance, everything the Father is (ominpotent) Jesus is and Jesus sustains the very universe He created. We have a very powerful savior. I do agree that he is subject to the Father in will but His character and very essence including power are identical

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      • I am glad to see that you know that Jesus IS THE CREATOR. He certainly is. He SPOKE everything into being. He is the WORD OF GOD, the Word made Flesh.
        I like to picture the Trinity like this, just as it was told to me many years ago … I’ve never been able to discredit it :
        GOD THE FATHER would be the Mind of God
        JESUS THE WORD would be the Mouth of God – The Word made Flesh – WORD INCARNATE
        HOLY SPIRIT would be the Hand of God
        In Creation at Gen 1:1 it says that the Spirit moved across the waters
        Trying this example out on mankind, whom God made in His own image, we can see that each our mind, words, our actions are able to act independently of the other, because we are able to speak without thinking and we are able to act without thinking and we are able to think without speaking and without acting. Each is independent of the other, yet we are one person. Our words have their own power and our actions have their own power.
        John 1: “ In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word is God”
        Yes, Jesus Christ IS the CREATOR. No doubt about that!

        John 1:1-5
        JOHN
        The Eternal Word
        (Gen 1:1-2:3)
        1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend* it. NKJV

        John 1:14
        14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. NKJV

        We must acknowledge that we operate best when we think before we speak and when we think before we act. When all three operate in the same vein, we are operating as one, hopefully sensible, person.
        So, at creation we have the Trinity: the Mind of God thought it; the Mouth of God spoke it; the Hand of God moved in Power over it.
        This is by no means the only example and probably should not be limited to it; however I believe it is a good example for helping one trying to understand the Trinity, and Jesus’ part as Creator, speaking things into being.
        Likewise, we should be careful how we speak, because as it is said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.”
        And I think that you may have just ‘moved me’ right into my next post! (<:

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  2. God bless You…

    For me when God placed it in my heart this morning, I hastily answered power of his word and word of power were the same but He cautioned me and gave this analogy. if someone says “they defeated him by the mother of the child” and later says ” they defeated him by the child of the mother” are they the same. at that point my spirit began to rumble. Thanks for coming up with this. I’m blessed

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    • Isn’t it awesome when God speaks to us ! Glad that you, too, are listening. He speaks to each of us on our level, and then He networks us…Glad you were blessed, your comment has blessed me also.

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  3. Thank you for this wonderful, easy to understand, explanation! You have truly blessed me. I agree, that the translations that flip the words are missing something. You, through prayer, asked and found it. I am grateful you shared it.

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