There has been a great deal of conversation and preaching through the years with regard to God’s power unto salvation. Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16, NKJV). As you look at the verse it is clear the Lord is using a means (the word) to communicate not only a message, a healing balm for spiritual ailment, but also His power that raises one (and all) from the dead when that trumpet sounds for the one last time.
Note, also, what Paul said to the Thessalonians: “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). The word is received by a person, but God’s word won’t work if the one who received it does not believe it. There are a great many people who know God’s word (academically), but it is evident they don’t really know God’s word (experientially). They know it like they know a book on literature, but they don’t know it like the characters who lived the story within that book on literature.
The “light” they have for their path is still rather dark. The point of application is not to be missed: if your life is not changed, especially since you call yourself a Christian, then the God’s word is not believed by you! RT