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12:37 PM   [01 Dec 2014 | Monday]

The Word of GOD

1. logos (I) denotes “the expression of thought”—not the mere name of an object—(a) as embodying a conception or idea; (b) a saying or statement, (1) by God, (2) by Christ, In connection with (1) and (2) the phrase “the word of the Lord,” i.e., the revealed will of God (very frequent in the OT), is used of a direct revelation given by Christ, in this respect it is the message from the Lord, delivered with His authority and made effective by His power; sometimes it is used as the sum of God’s utterances, discourse, speech, of instruction; doctrine. (II) “The Personal Word,” a title of the Son of God. 2. rhema denotes “that which is spoken, what is uttered in speech or writing”; in the singular, “a word,” in the plural, speech, discourse. The significance of rhema (as distinct from logos) is exemplified in the injunction to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” Eph. 6:17; here the reference is not to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in time of need, a prerequisite being the regular storing of the mind with Scripture.1 “Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding; yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of GOD. For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; Incline your ear and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge; for it is a pleasant thing if you keep them within you; let them all be fixed upon your lips, so that your trust may be in the LORD; I have instructed you today, even you. Have I not written to you excellent things of counsels and knowledge, that I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, that you may answer words of truth to those who send you? Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law. Every word of GOD is pure; he is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you and you be found a liar.” (Prov. 1:23, 2:1-6, 22:17-21, 30:5-6) Jesus is the living Word, John 1:1-18 The Bible is the Word of GOD and He has a lot to say about His Word, in Lk. 11:27-28 Jesus says, “And it happened as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!’ But He said. ‘More than that, blessed are those who hear the Word of GOD and keep it!’” 2 Tim. 3:16 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of GOD and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of GOD may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” He instructs us in Joshua 1:8, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Jesus says in Rev. 22:18-19, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, GOD will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, GOD shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” David has a lot to say about the Word in Ps. 119(read it).
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