John 1:1, In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Bible says Jesus is the Word made flesh. The Word of God and Jesus are one. Jesus was there in the beginning and He is God.
When we invite Jesus into our heart, we are inviting God’s Word into our lives. Yes, we have a personal relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. But the way we grow in understanding, knowledge, faith, and trust is through the Word of God.
The Word of God says in Proverbs 2:11 understanding will keep you. It says in Hosea 4:6 that we are destroyed through a lack of knowledge. Romans 10:17 says faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Proverbs 3:5 says to trust in the Lord with all your heart.
God’s Word is the source of understanding, it’s the source of the knowledge of God, it’s the source of faith and trust in God.
Every time we read the Word of God, we are spending time with Jesus. We are prioritizing Jesus in our life. But there are two forms of the Word of God in our life.
The Greek text for “Word” is translated in the Bible as ‘logos’ and ‘rhema’. The ‘logos’ means the written Word of God – in its entirety. “Rhema’ is the spoken Word of God or receiving a personal revelation of God’s Word. We receive understanding from the ‘logos’ word as we read and study it. We receive a ‘rhema’ word from the Holy Spirit as He reveals a word to us, or as we receive a Word of encouragement or prophecy from another man or woman of God.
Jesus says “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). The written scriptures give us the general principles of God to live by. But each day, we should also be led by the Holy Spirit of God. These rhema words become the dreams and visions of our life!
Where the ‘logos’ word of God provides us with knowledge, understanding and wisdom, the ‘rhema’ provides us with something a lot more tangible. It is very powerful. It’s a ‘rhema’ word that provides us with deposits of faith, joy, authority and direction.
- Peter was able to walk on water because he received a rhema word from Jesus (Matthew 14:22-33).
- The Centurion’s servant was healed because he received a rhema word from Jesus (Matthew 8:5-13).
- Paul boldly became the apostle to the Gentile world, through a rhema word from Jesus. (Acts 9:15-16).
We need to have both the ‘logos’ and the ‘rhema’ in our world. However, whenever you receive a rhema, it will never contradict the logos – so that’s how you can validate whether something is truly from God.