Acts 20: 32 Paul writes "I commit you to God and to the Word of His grace which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among them that are sanctified"
James 1: 21 "Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness and receive with meekness the engrafted word which is able to save your soul."
The word "To Save" in the above scripture is from the Hebrew word "Soteria" and the Greek word "Sozo" which means "To completely salvage and deliver, whatever that means to you, and whatever it entails". God's word is able to completely salvage the situation you are going through. If you lay hold on it and receive it, no matter what the issues are, no matter what it entails.
John 3: 17 say about Jesus, "God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved, completely salvaged, and delivered". We always think of salvation as just God forgiving our sins and giving us the new birth, no "salvation" is much more. It includes God completely salvaging the issues of your life whether they be physical, situational or spiritual, whatever your issues are, even it entail you changing, things changing, whatever it entail, God will orchestrate and work out. Salvation is all encompassing. Let's put it like this: What is salvation to the sick? You are right, healing. What is salvation to the poor? You are right again, it is prosperity or success. What is salvation to the barren? A baby. What is salvation to the sinner? Freedom from sin and the new birth. This is the reason Jesus came; that you may have soteria. This is what He is anointed to do (Isaiah 61:1). This is the reason for the word of faith, the basis of what James said," Receive this Word, because it is able to save. It is the power of God to cause salvation. By these great and precious promises, Peter writes by the Holy Ghost, we will become partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world. God said them, and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him. Recall Proverbs "My son, attend to my word, for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh". God said heaven and earth my pass away, but not a tittle, the smallest dot of his word will pass without being accomplished. When you begin to get into the word and embed yourself, you life will so be transformed that like the Psalmist, you will rejoice at his word like one that has found great treasure.
Let's add this. God said He watches over his word to perform it. He also sent His word and healed them and delivered them from all their oppressions. Jesus even proclaimed according to prophetic Isaiah, saying "the Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound", total salvation, that is what Jesus came to give us.
Infact once I was asking God for the purpose of all the understanding I was getting in the area of believing and walking in the word, and He led me to a scripture in 1Peter 1:9 "That you may obtain (receive) the end of your faith, which is the salvation (Complete deliverance) of your soul.
Remember that scripture in James 5: 14-15, "Let him who is sick call on the elders of the church, and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of Lord and the prayer of faith will save (Completely salvage) the sick and if he had sinned any sin, it shall be forgiven him." The prayer of based on the word shall completely salvage the situation even if it entails forgiveness of sins. This is the victory that overcomes the world, and its systems, even our faith.
2Peter 1: Paul writes to the saints saying " He has given us exceeding great and precious promises that by these we might become partakers of the divine nature haven escaped the corruption (decay) in the world (system) through lust. It is no news the financial crisis the world has been through this season, the world has had epidemics from SARS to Swine Flu to Bird Flu etc, the decay in the health system of the world, you have your own personal issues that trouble you, but Peter was bringing us a revelation and answer on the way out. By these great and precious promises.
Let share something about Jesus and the temptation in Luke 4:1-4. Jesus had been led by the spirit and fasted 40 days and 40 night, but the bible says "He was hungry" now Satan came and said to him " if you are the son of God, turn this stone to bread" Now up until that time the only available solution to hunger was "bread", the natural answer, but Jesus answered and said" It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God" let me tell you what happened. Up until that time, the only answer man had to his issue was what was dictated by his natural environment. Man was subject to the natural limitations of life. There was no hope elsewhere. But in that day, Jesus, open for us a new door; he proclaimed, from that day, man shall no longer live by bread alone but by every word of God. From that day the subjection to the limitation of natural life was broken. It was instituted that man had a higher alternative. When the natural fails and comes to its wits end, we can lay hold of the word for the next level.
Now Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 8:3 "And He (God) humbled you and allowed you to hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you recognize and personally know that man does not live by bread only, but man can live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord". In Deuteronomy, God was trying to teach them a point, to put to them that they could live by his word. He fed them manna for 40 years nonstop. Notice that it read "That you may that man does not live. . ." Jesus however instituted it and said "Man shall no longer live subject to the natural limitation of this life. Man shall live by every word of God.
When all else fails, step up on the word. Infact don't wait till they fail, start now!. When the doctor tell you it is over naturally speaking, smile, and say, "I shall live and not die" "The spirit of he that raised Christ from the dead dwells in my mortal body, he is quickening my body by the same Spirit." Shout and say "He took my grief and carried my sorrow, by his stripes I am healed" Why? Man shall no longer live subject to the limitation of natural life; I can live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. I can get it by the word; I can win by the word. The engrafted word has capability to completely salvage and deliver my soul, praise God!.
Now in Acts 20:32, Paul said "I commit you to God and the word of his grace which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance. . ."
What are the ingredients of commitment to the word:
1. Paying attention to the word. Psalm 4: 21 ""My son pay attention to my word, incline your ears to sayings. Do not let them depart from your heart, keep them in the midst of your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to all their flesh."
Mark 4: 24 "Take heed to what you hear (what you pay attention to). For the measure of thought and study you give to the word is the measure of virtue (Substance, life, power, grace, wisdom, anointing) and knowledge and that floe from it to you and more besides . . . ."
2. Line up you imaginations and reasoning with the word. See this scripture in James 1: from the amplified bible, " But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. The first step in doing the word is to begin to reason in line with the Truth. Consciously close your eyes and begin to confess and imagine "I see it, I see . . .so and so . . , I take sides with it and expect full manifestation. I see my body healed, no pain, no troubles. I see me walking healthy, living my life, because the word says so. I see my child serving God, I see me walking in holiness and righteousness" As you confess and line up your thought, you have taken your first step in doing the word, and you will prosper in/receive what it is you are believing for and acting on (all your deeds). You know, what is said "if you can see it, you can have it"
See 2Corinthian 10: 4-5, "The weapon of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold and casting every imaginations and reasoning that rise against the knowledge of God. Or better put the imaginations and reasoning of the word of God." Why? Because they are of the same essence. How do you take authority over these? By the spoken word.
3. Speaking the word. Isaiah 58:13-14 "If you turn away your foot from [traveling unduly on] the Sabbath, from doing your own pleasure on My holy day, and call the Sabbath a [spiritual] delight, the holy day of the Lord honorable, and honor Him and it, not going your own way or seeking or finding your own pleasure or speaking with your own [idle] words, 14Then will you delight yourself in the Lord, and I will make you to ride on the high places of the earth, and I will feed you with the heritage [promised for you] of Jacob your father; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
If you speak God's own word and not your own idle words, and do the pleasure of God instead of your, then will yourself in the Lord.
4. Obey the word and live right. Samuel spoke to Saul and said "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams". 1 Sam 15:22. You can't walk in immorality, strife, un-forgiveness etc and do your own stuffs and expect the word to God to work in your life. Sin is a reproach to any man.
Memory verse: James 1:22 “But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]”.