Living Word of God –What Does The Bible Say?

What does the “Living Word of God” mean? There are different meanings of the Word of God. we have to understand what does the Bible say about the Word of God? How is it defined in the Bible? In the biblical basis, this article has described all about the Word of God; the different meanings in the Bible. 

Jesus Christ, The Word of God

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the incarnate Word of God. 1 John 1:1 also clearly mentions that Jesus is the Word of Life who was from the beginning, who came in the flesh and people touched Him and saw Him. John 1:1-3 and 14 is another main Bible verse about Jesus the Word of God. The Word in verses 1-3 is referring to the Son of God (referring to verse 14), Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Word of God who became flesh to live among humankind. When John saw Jesus in his Revelation, he clearly saw that the name of Jesus was “The Word of God” (Rev.19:13). 

Concerning Jesus, the Word of God, scripture shows His eternal existence and His deity. Being the Word of God, Jesus gave us eternal life. John 1:1-3 shows that Jesus was from the beginning, but not in the flesh. in the fullness of time, He came in the flesh as the second person of the Triune God (Gal.4:4). The main reason for Word becoming flesh was to rescue us from the slavery of our sin, so that we may have our inheritance in the Kingdom of God (Gal. 4:5-6).

The Written Word –The Bible

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Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is living and active…” All the 66 canonical books in the Bible are the written Word of God. Though there are more than 40 human writers in the Bible, the main writer is the Holy Spirit Himself. The Spirit of God spoke and instructed them and they wrote it. They didn’t write their own words, but the Word of God. 2 Timothy 3:16 clearly says that all the Scriptures (the Bible is inspired by the Word of God. 2 Peter 1:20-21 also says that no word in the Bible is from man or from the will of man, but all are from God the Almighty.

The written word of God –the Bible is the most reliable Word for us today. Everything we check or test on the basis of the written Scripture. If somebody comes and says that God is telling me to do this and that, we have to look in the Bible to see if it is written so or not. People may claim their own vision, their own emotions, and desires as God’s, but we have to check it in the Bible. Though the Bible was written thousands of years before, it is applicable for the people of all generations. Bible gives all the essential teachings about salvation by faith and leads us in godly life pleasing to our Creator (2 Tim. 3:15-16).

The Preached Word

Throughout the Bible God has raised the prophets and preachers to preach His living Word, in the Old Testament, many prophets preached the Word of the LORD. Jeremiah 1:7-9 has mentioned that the LORD appointed Jeremiah as a prophet to preach His Word. He put His Word in the mouth of Jeremiah and commanded to speak it.

Though all the Words are in human language, the authenticity was from the LORD God Almighty. Prophets spoke the Word that was commanded by God to speak. Therefore, all the prophets in the Old Testament have said that “Thus says the LORD.” All the preached Words were given by God to his prophets (Ex. 4:12; Num. 22:38; 1 Sam. 15:3, 18, 23, Isa. 30:12-14; Jer. 6:10-12). No one could preach unless God had put His word in him, otherwise, he/she would be punished (Ezek. 13:1-7; Deut. 18:20-22). Therefore, all the preached Words were the authentic Word of God.

In the New Testament, Jesus commissioned His disciple to preach His Word all over the world (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:18). If we see the book of Acts, apostles and other preachers preached the Gospel (the Word of God) very boldly, and as a result, many people believed in Jesus. As a disciple of Jesus, we also have to preach the Gospel continuously, of the Word we preach is not ours but comes from God and gives life to the people of this broken world. Most important thing is that our preaching must be based on the Bible.

The Word as God’s Decrees

Word of God as His decrees brought the life of all living creatures including the human being. When He speaks, things happen as He desires. God brought chaos into order through His Word. When He spoke His Word, all the universe and everything in it came into existence (Gen. 1-2). Universe, heavens, and the earth, everything seen and unseen are the creation of God through His Word. Psalms 33:6 also says that heavens were made by the Word of the LORD and their starry host by the breath of His mouth. His Word is so powerful that it causes things to happen as He wants. His decree didn’t only create the heavens and the earth, but He also controls His whole creation with this. For, Hebrews 1:3 says, God sustains all His creations by His powerful Word.

The Word of God as Personal Communication

God is living and His Word. He speaks with His people personally as two friends talk sitting together. In the garden of Eden, He spoke with Adam personally (Gen. 2: 16-17). Even after the fall, we can see the conversation between God and Adam in Genesis 3. In the ten commandments also, God spoke personally with the nation of Israel (Exod. 20:1-3). When Jesus took baptism, God spoke from heaven to Jesus personally (Matt. 3:17). All these words were in human language, but we must accept that it is the real Word of God. Because, experienced people, God’s people throughout history, and the Scripture itself accept these as the authentic Word of God.

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