In Luke 8, Jesus gives an extended parable in which He compares the Word of God to seeds that are scattered on various soils.
In this parable, some of the seed result in the growth of healthy plants and in other cases the seed is unsuccessful. Interestingly, there is nothing wrong with any of the seed that results in these unsuccessful instances. Rather, the condition of a particular soil, and its ability to receive the seed, is the determining factor in its ultimate success.
One underlying principle that we can draw from this parable is the concept that the seed itself is perfect, and capable of producing life for any who can receive it. Thus, the power to bring about belief is invested in God’s word itself.
Romans 10:17 reiterates this when it states that “faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
Here the word itself is portrayed as resulting in faith. Indeed, in the first chapter and sixteenth verse of Romans, Paul states that the gospel is “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” Once again, the word is invested with the power.
Perhaps this is why he could say in 1 Corinthians 3:6, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.” Paul knew that the power to save was not in his own wisdom, but in the Word of God.
Indeed, at the the beginning of the second chapter of the same book these words of his are recorded: “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” Paul understood that his job was not to impress with worldly knowledge or intellectualism, but to preach the word of power.
Hebrews 3:15 admonishes readers, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”
That voice, which we can encounter any time we open the Bible, is a powerful voice. Will you be receptive?