Christianese: Standing on the Word

Perhaps you are new to the faith.  Or like me, you grew up in the church world but were regenerated later in life as an adult.  In both instances, you probably have heard lots of Christian sounding phrases thrown around that everyone else seems to understand, but remain mysterious to you.  In my own experience, “standing on the Word” was one of those sayings.  I figured it had something to do with the bible, because I knew Word was another way of saying bible, but beyond that I really couldn’t tell you any more.

To sort out what is meant by the phrase, we need to start with some of the attributes of God: His immutability, and truth.

Immutable simply means unchanging.  God, unlike humans, does not change and cannot be changed.

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? (Numbers 23:19)
 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  (James 1:17)

A definition of truth is: that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality.  An article titled “What is Truth?” from the Grace to you website explains it this way:

Here’s a simple definition drawn from what the Bible teaches: Truth is that which is consistent with the mind, will, character, glory, and being of God. Even more to the point: Truth is the self-expression of God. That is the biblical meaning of truth. Because the definition of truth flows from God, truth is theological.

The GTY article is excellent, and I recommend reading the entire thing.  You can find that article here.

He is the Rock, His work is perfect: for all His ways are judgement: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He. (Deuteronomy 32:4)

“Because he who is blessed in the earth Will be blessed by the God of truth; And he who swears in the earth Will swear by the God of truth; Because the former troubles are forgotten, And because they are hidden from My sight! (Isaiah 65:16)

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6)

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. (John 17:17)

Prophecy demonstrates and verifies the immutability and truthfulness of God.  Prophecy s when God, through His Word, declares a future event, and the event comes to pass in the precise way it was described.  There are a multitude of prophecies in the Old Testament that have come to fruition.  In Psalm 22:16 the crucifixion of Jesus was foretold, 1,000 years before He was born, and predates that particular method of execution.  In Isaiah 7:14 it is predicted that the Messiah will be called Immanuel, and it’s fulfillment can be found in Matthew 1:23Prophecy is a fascinating and emboldening thing to study.  I encourage you to do some research on the subject.  There are many resources online that list these prophecies and their verse addresses.

So far, we have established through scripture that God is unchanging, and God is truth.  And we are assured of these attributes through fulfilled biblical prophecies.  So how does this help us understand the phrase “standing on the Word”?

Let’s examine a hypothetical situation:  Jane Christian has committed a sin.  She has been convicted by the Holy Spirit.  She confesses and repents of her sin, yet she still feels guilty.  She talks with a fellow believer and is assured of her forgiveness.  Yet she just cannot let go and accept that her sin is covered by Jesus sacrifice.  It is time for Jane to stand on the Word.  How does she do that?  She thinks about what she has learned through her bible study to be true of God.  He is unchanging.  He is truth.  What He declares comes to pass.  Therefore, if those things are true, then she can also trust that when He says in his word that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)  Jane, knowing she has followed the biblical steps of repentance, can exercise faith by believing what God says in His Word.  She is standing on the Word.

Here is another example: Joe Christian has received terrible news.  His little child has cancer.  Joe is grieved and thinks “This is evil.  This is unfair.  It makes no sense!”  How does Joe reconcile reality with the faith he possesses?  Joe needs to stand on the Word.  Is God good?  Is He unchanging?  Is he truthful?  Yes.  Then Joe can rest in the promise of Romans 8:28 “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” 
When Joe begins to doubt God’s goodness, or love he can read God’s promise to all believers that He will use all circumstances for our good and His glory.  Joe can exercise his faith and believe God. 

I am not intending to simplify hard situations or minimize the difficulty that we fallen humans go through when tragedy or evil come into our lives.  Rather, I am attempting to explain the concept of standing on the Word, and give you steps of how it can be applied in your own walk.  I am reminding myself, as well as my readers.  I pray that when we come up against things in life that would cause us to question or doubt, we would be reminded through the scriptures of our great and immutable God, who is perfectly good, perfectly loving, perfectly wise and who controls all things.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. ” (Jude 1:24-25)

Soli Deo Gloria!

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