Online Bible Dictionary: "The Word" - The 3 Quickest Ways to Understand This Complicated Term
Published: 19th November 2016
Although most of us have heard the term "The Word" implemented in Christian conversation, we may find ourselves mystified with its multiple contexts. Listed here are 3 key aspects to simplify your understanding...
#1: "The Word" is THE BIBLE
First, "the Word" can often be used to relate to the Bible itself. This use of the term has a tendency to be quite possibly the most logical. We understand "the words" on the page of the Bible... or even just how the Bible is loaded with the words and phrases of God. In addition to that, there is a facet of scripture memory in this use of the term. For example, in Deuteronomy 30:14 we read "No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it".
There is yet another aspect tied to the use of "the Word" as the Bible I have come to appreciate. You'll likely hear other Christians talk about being "in the Word". In this situation, we are simply preaching about being certain we study the Bible... that we read His words shared to us contained in the Bible.
#2: "The Word" is THE LAW
The term "The Word" is also utilized to represent "the law", or God's law.
I think of this use of the term as a part of the first one discussed above. In the Bible ("the Word"), God's law is revealed and discussed frequently. However, the entire Bible isn't ONLY the law.
You will discover many illustrations of the use of the term with this context when God first furnishes the law to Moses within the Book of Exodus and then throughout the Old Testament. "The word of the law" is consistently discussed by many of the prophets (e.g., Jeremiah, Ezekiel) as they continually remind the wayward nation of Israel of its broken obligations to God.
Of note, until the law was officially delivered to Moses in the book of Exodus, "the Word of God" tended to be in reference to His words spoken, literally, to our own Biblical ancestors.
#3: "The Word" is GOD HIMSELF
The last major context for the term "the Word" is that it pertains to God himself. Precisely as it says in the opening of the book of John:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it... And the Word became 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." (John 1:1-5, 14)
A lot of us recognize that God is omnipresent, meaning always in existence. God has actually been referred to as the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Here, John clearly links "the Word" as God and Jesus as "the Word becoming flesh".
When we attempt to substitute our other contexts "the Bible" or "the law" becoming flesh, it is not sensible. No... John is clearly proclaiming that "the Word" is God Himself, and that God become flesh in Jesus.
So how is "the Word" a synonym for God? Let me demonstrate how I have developed to understand this complicated context...
Imagine anything you desire inside your life to turn into a reality. Picture the ideal relationships you want to have... consider a dollar number in your bank account... picture that brand new home... picture that spot in the world you wish to be much more than where you are at right now...
Now speak the words to achieve it!
You see, that's exactly what God did when He created all things. His essence envisioned everything and "SPOKE" them into reality. You and I fight hurdle after hurdle to make things possible with our words. Yet, all things are possible for God. His power is unceasing and unchallenged. And so, the potency of His words to design and create reality are evidence of the power of His words... or in other words, "the Word".
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