I was reading in 1 Corinthians 14 the other day, and I came to Paul’s words comparing and contrasting speaking in tongues vis a vis speaking in prophecy, one being unintelligible and the other being understandable and therefore edifying to the church. In verse 19, he says, “Nevertheless, in church I would rather speak five words with my mind in order to instruct others, than ten thousand in a tongue.”
Now, I know that Paul is speaking in hyperbole in order to make the point of his preference for prophecy, but my literal mind questioned, “What could you possibly say in 5 words that could instruct?” And my mind answered, “Challenge accepted!”
So, I began to list some 5-word sentences/phrases that are rich in doctrinal truth and teaching, some directly from Scripture and others inferred from the Bible. Any of these would make for some great self-talk or preaching-the-gospel-to-yourself talk.
May these 5 words spur you on to deeper thinking and talk.
In the beginning God created. (Gen. 1:1)
The Lord is my shepherd. (Ps. 23:1)
God sovereignly saves believing sinners. (Eph. 2:1-10)
In all ways acknowledge him. (Prov. 3:6)
All things work for good. (Rom. 8:28) This cannot stand alone, without the surrounding context to show for whom all things work for good – namely, “those who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.” Without those qualifiers, this would be sentimentalism.
I am crucified with Christ. (Gal. 2:20)
God so loved the world. (John 3:16)
There is now no condemnation. (Rom. 8:1)
We have peace with God. (Rom.5:1)
He chose us in Christ. (Eph. 1:4)
He predestined us for adoption. (Eph. 1:5)
Put off your old self. (Eph. 4:22)
We groan as we wait. (Rom. 8:23)
Maybe 5 words is all you need. For all the volumes of books and blogs, 5 words can say much.
What are some truths you can express in only 5 words?