. . . apropos "THE WORD" . . .
by, Dec 30th 2009 at 01:30 AM (432 Views)
There are four Greek words of importance here:
The Greek word in 4) is translated as "scripture"--this is the "Holy Bible" essentially.
The Greek words in 2) and 3) are the Word of God only--they refer to "the action of proclaimed speech" and we read about these actions in the graphe (i.e., scripture). Most of the time, this is equivalent to the "Word of the truth of the Gospel" or similar. Of course, 3) is used to describe Jesus as YHWH in human form in John 1.
The Greek word in 1) is used by the Apostle Paul in his contrast of Torah with the "new agreement" that he was a minister of (which he wrote about in 2 Cor. 3).
Here are some scriptures apropos the "Word of God" (logos and rhema) above:
Matt. 13:18-19 (Matthew records Jesus as speaking.)
18 “Hear then the parable of the sower.
19 “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. (This is logos.)
Romans 10:8-10 (This is from Paul's writings.)
8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching,
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. (This is rhema.)
Eph. 6:17 (This is from Paul's writings.)
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (This is rhema.)
Heb. 4:12 (This is from the writings of the author of Hebrews.)
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (This is logos.)
Acts 10:44 (This is from Luke's writings)
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, (This is rhema.)
the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message. (This is logos).
At any rate, this brief primer should get all of us going with this (I have left many things out, indeed) . . .