Ideas are formed in the mind-words are the vehicles through which ideas make themselves manifest; therefore words have a certain power on their plane of consciousness. That is, the word may be used in an independent way to dissolve an idea that has become concrete in the consciousness. The word itself is representative only, but when used by a master in mental dynamics it takes on a character and power proportionate to his understanding of the inner forces of Being. John Smith, for instance, might give voice to a saying that would pass current among his immediate acquaintances as a truth, but as he has not sounded the depths of the mental realm, and become cognizant of the idea upon which that truth rests, his saying would carry with it a mere husk—it would not be vitalized with self-increasing perpetuity, like the word of one who had aroused that inner life in his consciousness and attached it to his words.
This is why the sayings of the prophets and the mystics have such staying, enduring qualities. They are attached by invisible currents of life to the one great Father, and they have within themselves the self-perpetuating germ that keeps them growing from year to year. The scriptures of the different races are examples of the outward expression of the inward germ. The book of Job antedates all history. It has been preserved through all the changes that have come and gone in the rise and fall of nations. It is supposed to have been written by one of the mystics of the nomad tribes of Arabia, and from that source drifted into the Hebrew scriptures. It may have come to the Arabians from the more ancient peoples of Egypt, but it never lost itself with the loss of its custodians. They were wiped out, their lands taken from them, and they no longer known among the nations of the earth, but the mystic word of Job was not consumed. This is true of nearly all the sacred writings of all people. The true prophet of God does not even have to write his words down; he may speak them to the others, and through their own inherent power of perpetuity and growth they will find their way into the minds of men. Jesus Christ did not write a line that we know of, except in the sand, yet his words are treasured up today as the most precious that we have, and rivers of blood have been shed in quarrels over the technical meaning of these words which were written down by men years after they were voiced by Jesus.
We thus know by these examples that the word of Truth has life in itself, and that it cannot perish or grow less with the changes that come with the fleeting years. We also know that the more spiritual the one who gives forth these words, the more enduring they are, and the more powerfully do they move men.
The words of Jesus Christ were given to a very common people—according to the world's standard—by a carpenter in a remote corner of the earth, yet these words have moved men for nineteen hundred years to do and dare, as no other words that were ever uttered.
When Jesus said, "My words are Spirit and they are Life," He touched the inner Word that created all things, and He knew that His words were vivified with a life-essence and a moving power that would demonstrate the truth of His statement.
These words have rung through the souls of men, and set them afire with God's Spirit, throughout the ages.
This is because they are Spiritual words—they have within them the seeds of a divine life, and they grow in the midst of all who give them place just as a beautiful flower or a great tree grows from the seed germ planted in the ground.
Endowed with being, breath and wings,
And that we send them forth to fill
The world with good results or ill.
—Ella W. Wilcox