“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
Jesus said His words were spirit and life. Language is only a vehicle to carry the reality behind our thoughts and intents. If we have a certain purpose in mind we wish to convey, we convey it through a language. There are thousands of languages, and regardless of which one we use, it’s still just a vehicle for conveying what’s on our mind. The same reality comes through, regardless of which language is used to convey it.
God is spirit. His words are spirit. His life and nature is conveyed through all that He “speaks.” What made Jesus’ words spirit? What makes our words spirit? Jesus said the Father abiding in Him did His works. It’s the Spirit in us teaching us how to speak and function that translates into words and works of spirit. Remember how Simon the magician offered the apostles money to be able to lay his hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit? He saw something he could not duplicate because he did not have the Spirit within him. Peter rebuked him because Simon’s heart was not right.
God “spoke” and the worlds were created. He did not speak a language as we define a language. He “spoke” Christ.
1 ¶ God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways,
2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
We also are to “speak” Christ. Notice it says God spoke in His son, not through Him. There is a difference. Jesus was not merely a conduit through which God’s words came. He was the word. It matters not which earthly language we use. Let’s read Acts 2:
1 ¶ When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5 ¶ And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.
7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?
8 “And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born?
9 “Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,
10 “Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes,
11 “Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.”
Many languages were being spoken, but there was really only one language being spoken. It was the “language” of spirit. Spirit was being conveyed. It was the same “language” coming through each earthly dialect being spoken that day on Pentecost.
When the Scriptures say, “God said, let there be light…” It’s only an earthly way of conveying that God was creating. “God said” implies an essence of spirit went forth. He spoke no “language” as we know language.
This is an important message because many will come, as the Scriptures say, purporting to be of Christ. Many false prophets are in the earth. They are within Christianity sowing death instead of life. They sow death because they may have the letter of the word right, but the spirit behind what they speak is not Christ. Quoting Scripture and preaching accurate sermons does not mean the one doing it is of Christ. It’s always the Spirit that gives life. We must learn to recognize Christ when He is truly speaking. We must know His voice. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice and another they simply will not follow. What is His voice? Is it accurate teaching? NO. Is it a certain way of speaking or behavior? NO. His “voice” is His life and presence flowing. Open, honest hearts will know the voice of their shepherd. As we learn His presence, we will find our own spirits beginning to bear witness with what is true and false, regardless of how persuasive the purported minister might seem.
Rom. 8:16 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God…” It’s the Spirit bearing witness with our spirits that is the true language of speaking.