Thursday, September 29, 2016


The phrase "the Word of God" appears hundreds of times in the Scriptures, but the Apostle John used it in a unique way; he describe Jesus as being "The Word" in five verses of his writings; they are"

*  John 1:1 - "In the beginning was The Word, and The Word was with God, and The Word was God."
*  John 1:14 - "And The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
*  1 John 1:1 - "(He Who) was from the beginning, (Who) we have heard, (Who) we have seen with our eyes, (Who) we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of The Word of life."
*  1 John 5:7 - "For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, The Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one."
*  Revelation 19:13 - "And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called The Word of God."

"Word" is translated from the Greek λόγος (logos), which occurs 331 times in 316 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV.  The five verses above clearly show by context, that they are referring to Jesus Christ, and not the spoken or written Word of God. 

"To John, it denotes the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God, His minister in creation and government of the universe, the cause of all the world's life both physical and ethical, which for the procurement of man's salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and shone forth conspicuously from His words and deeds."  ["Note: A Greek philosopher named Heraclitus first used the term Logos around 600 B.C. to designate the divine reason or plan which coordinates a changing universe." - Blue Letter Bible]

I do not know why John was led of the Spirit to call Jesus "the Word," but there may be a clue in John 5:39, which says, "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:  and they are they which testify of Me." 

Luke wrote something similar in Luke 24:27 & 44 which says, "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself....And He said unto them, These are the words which I spoke unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the Law of Moses, and in the Prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning Me."

To the Jews, Psalm 138:2 must seem strange, in that, they are afraid to use the name of God, and yet the Bible repeated reveals that the religious leaders of Jesus' day were constantly misusing God's Word!  The Psalm says, "I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy loving kindness and for Thy truth: for Thou hast magnified Thy Word above all Thy name."  Perhaps, this very verse may have been on John's mind when he emphasized God's message and His messenger, "The Word of God" made flesh!

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