Episode 13: The Word of God
The phrase “The word of God” is very familiar to many of us. It is used throughout the Bible. However I would like to suggest to us that for the most part, when we read “The word of God” or “The word of the Lord” in the scriptures that the reference is not to the Bible but rather to something else. Do we think of “The word of God” as only applying to the scriptures? I believe it is important to have a clear understanding of this because Jesus said “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
• In Heb. 4:12 The Word of God is described as living, powerful, dividing soul and spirit, and a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
• Faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17)
• Jesus is called the Word of God (John 1:1, Rev. 19:13)
• The word that Jesus speaks is spirit and life (John 6:62)
• In the OT, when we read the “word of God” or “the word of the Lord” came to so and so” it was not the prophet reading from some part of the scriptures. Rather it was direct communication by God to a prophet and then the prophet spoke the word to others.
• In the NT we find a different working. “All shall know me” (Heb. 8:11, 10:16) Now God is writing His word on our hearts and minds by the Sprit. It is a “new and living way.”
• Because of Christ we now have direct access to the Father by the Spirit. (Eph. 2:18)
• God chooses how He will communicate to us, but the Spirit is always the One who makes it living to us (I John 2:27). Some of the primary means are:
o The scriptures
o Through other men (fellow believers, ministers, spiritual gifts)
o Directly to our spirit (as we look to God in prayer)
o Circumstances (spiritual insight)
o Through creation
• We are commanded to have “ears to hear” (Rev. 2 and 3)
• Any communication that we say is of God should:
o Result in light to walk in, clarity, and peace. This is the basis of faith.
o Consistent with what is recorded for us in the scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16)
o Verified with other believers depending on the content
Christ opened up to us a “new and living way” whereby we can speak directly to God and He can communicate directly to us.