God's Word Speaks
By: Pastor Justin Werven // Beulah Campus Pastor
In our home we have boundaries that determine behavior. For example, we say "No whining, eat what’s before you, and get dressed before going out in public." And those rules are just for me! Some other boundaries we enforce are: take responsibility, treat others with honor and respect, and do your job. Beyond the day-to-day standard responsibilities, there are occasions when we have to make immediate requests. In emergencies we all chip in.
The Bible is similar when we study. There are two primary Greek words that describe Scripture which are translated “word” in the New Testament. Logos refers primarily to the total inspired written Word of God and to Jesus, who is the living logos. Logos provides the unchanging, solid foundation by which we base our faith. From it we build our lives and relationship with God. It reveals God’s heart, Jesus’ character, and His desires for our lives. One example of its use is in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word [Logos], and the Word [Logos] was with God, and the Word [Logos] was God.”
The other Greek word used for “word” i Rhema. One example of its use is Luke 5:5. Jesus gives Peter a command to put out his net for a catch. Despite the fact that Peter had fished all night with no success he says, “..nevertheless at thy word [rhema] I will let down the net.” Jesus’ immediate word followed by Peter’s obedience led to nets full of fish. God’s rhema is revealed to us by the Holy Spirit who gives us the immediate direction we need to work through our current situations.
Both logos and rhema are crucial to our life, for God uses His logos Word to speak His rhema Word to us. The more we read the written Word, we store the Word (logos) in us, the more God can speak instant words (rhema) to us.