A brief doctrine of words.
Christians worship the Word (John 1:1), whom we know through His word (John 5:39). We are called to be His ambassadors, ministers of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-20), a task which demands the use of words (Romans 10:14). Words matter.
God has spoken to us in His Son (Hebrews 1:2), who, as we have already said, we come to know through the written pages of Scripture. This Scripture, and the knowledge it brings us of God in Christ, is sufficient to bring salvation, to teach us all we need to know in order to live God honoring lives, and to equip us for all He has called us to do (2 Timothy 3:15-17). We should then study this word. Its message is life giving and life enabling. We ought to endeavor to communicate its life-giving truth to others, verbally and through the written page.
Words are foundational to our life as humans, image bearers of the God who spoke all life into existence (Genesis 1). But they bear special importance for those of us who worship this same God. Other things do matter. Our actions validate our words and prove that there is something behind them (James 2:14). As I was reminded this evening, talk is cheap, but it takes money to buy whiskey. However, the import of action does nothing to negate the foundational and essential nature of words for the Christian. Let us ever endeavor to better understand His words, and to represent them well with our own.