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Word of God


The phrase, “the Word of God” has different meanings in the Bible based on contextual usage. It means the spoken word of God, the decrees of God, the message of God that the prophets spoke, the Bible, and Jesus, who was the Word- made-flesh and dwelt among us (Jn 1:14).

1. The decrees of God: God created the universe through his pronouncements like, “Let there be light” (Gen 1:3). “By the LORD’s word the heavens were made; by the breath of his mouth all their host” (Ps 33”6). God did not address those to anyone in particular.

2. The words God spoke to humans: God spoke in human language to humans like Adam and Eve (Gen 2:16-17; 3:9- 19), Cain (Gen 4:9-15); Noah (Gen 6:13-21; 7:1-4, 8:15-17) Noah and his sons (Gen 9:1-17), Abraham and Sarah (Gen 18), and Moses.

3. The words God spoke through the prophets: God also spoke through visions to prophets and kings. The prophets were the mouthpiece of God to communicate the divine message in human language to the people (Deut 18:18-20).

4. Jesus Christ: John presents Jesus as the Word of God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (Jn 1:1). “He wore a cloak that had been dipped in blood, and his name was called the Word of God” (Rev 19:13).

5. The Bible or God’s written word: God asked Moses to write His words (Ex 17:14; 34:27). Jesus referred to the Holy Scripture as the word of God (Mt 15:6).

The word Jesus preached was “the Word of God”. Though Jesus healed many and cast our demons, his primary goal was to preach the Word of God. Since Jesus is the Word of God, he is the truth (Jn 14:6) that will remain eternally. Jesus told the Jews, “‘the one who sent me is true, and what I heard from him I tell the world.’ They did not realize that he was speaking to them of the Father” (Jn 8:26-27). The Father’s word stands forever (Ps 119:89). “The grass withers, the flower wilts, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isa 40:8; 1 Pet 1:24).

Since Jesus spoke the truth from the Father, he confirmed that what he taught will never fail even when heaven and earth pass away. During the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place” (Mt 5:18). Jesus wanted his disciples not to waver in faith in the Lord’s word even if they notice a change in the heavens and the earth. Unlike the universe, his words are permanent and will come true.

Since the early Christians questioned the delay in Jesus’ return, Peter justified the postponement and assured all of his arrival. “The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard ‘delay,’ but he is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar and the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the earth and everything done on it will be found out” (2 Pet 3:10).

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