Ephesians 1:13 (NIV)
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit
How does a dead man live again? How does a sinful man find forgiveness? How does a crippled man walk again? How does a blind man see again? How does a deaf man hear again?
The answer is all the same, by the Word of the Lord. Paul says when you heard the word of truth the gospel of your salvation you were included in Christ. Just how does this work you ask? When the Word of God is preached and proclaimed by men and women filled with the Holy Spirit it penetrates into the very soul of a person who hears and the power of the Word recreates the eardrum, the sinews and fibers and bones, and muscles. It breathes life into dead bones and fills the deadened soul with everlasting life-giving energy that flows from the Creator of all good things.
When the Word penetrates deep into a person’s soul it creates life, where there was only death. This life then wells up within the new child of God and causes the child of God who has just been born again by the Spirit of God to long for the things of God so that when the call is issued, “Cheer up! On your feet. He is calling you.” The lame and the blind and the deaf and mute can find their way to Jesus and find every malady they ever had suddenly completely healed.
This may sound too good to be true but it is true nonetheless. Notice also it was not your believing that did anything, it was the Word of truth that entered into your soul and caused you to believe. Take a close look at the Scripture, “When you heard the word of truth the gospel of your salvation. Having believed . . .” It was the Word of truth that caused faith to spring up within you and caused you to believe. It was too good to be true, so the Word of God did its work and you beleived.
What a merciful God we have. He knew we could not even believe on our own so he created faith in our soul as we heard the Word of truth and life sprang up where there was only death and darkness before.
Believing because of the Word of Truth,