by Jerry Vines

The Word of Truth
Jerry Vines
2 Timothy 2:14-19

A great deal is said about the subject of words in this passage which I have read. Words have tremendous power. In the book of Proverbs, we are told, death and life are in the power of the tongue. Sometimes words can be very helpful. They can heal. They can uplift. They can encourage. On other occasions words can be very, very damaging. They can tear down. They can destroy. They can enslave.

As we have studied I and II Timothy I have noticed that reference is made from time to time, to ''sound'' words. The word is the word from which we get the word, hygiene. Hygienic words, words that create health. I think about the words of the Lord Jesus. Jesus said one time, ''the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.'' Men heard the words of the Lord Jesus, they obeyed those words, they responded to those words and the result was great health and great life that came into their existence.

What men hear and believe will ultimately determine the kind of life which they have. When the Lord Jesus speaks words, He speaks words of health and healing and hope to the hearts of individuals. So, there are some words of truth that bring great health to the person who hears them.

On the other hand words can also be very detrimental. We are told in verse 18 about a group of people and it says, ''concerning the truth have erred.'' Words of error. Words are vehicles of thought. Sometimes words convey truth and when they do it brings something positive into your life. At other times words convey error and it brings problems and difficulty into your life. Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Probably one of the greatest speakers of all times was Adolph Hitler. I have heard newsreels of Adolph Hitler when he stood before the masses of the German people. There was absolute fire in the words which he spoke. He had the ability to arouse the emotions of a nation by the things that he said. But the ...

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