By Pastor Dr. Ronnie W. Wolfe
The case for the necessity of the word of God in salvation is pressed forth here. Those who do not believe that the word of God must have a mediate position in the salvation of the soul are belittling the claim of Scripture to it and are making a mockery of the sovereignty of God, especially since it is God himself who dictates the scriptural requirement.
The law of God must become a delight before a soul can see himself in desperate need of salvation from a holy God. He must see his depravity, his worthlessness, his inability, and his dependence wholly upon God for his redemption.
Therefore, the delight is in our recognition of sin, our awareness of need, and our rest in the hope of God's promise to all who believe.
Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
If we had not heard the word and had not been delighted by it through God's Spirit, then we would have perished in our affliction, our affliction of sin, our helplessness to gain even the first step toward salvation, our affliction of our love of sin and our denial of God, being ignorant, as was Israel, of God's righteousness and going about to establish our own righteousness (which is as filthy rags, Isaiah 64:6) and having not submitted ourselves to God's righteousness, which is of faith (Romans 10).
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.