Jesus, The Living Word

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Today we live with a watered down understanding of Jesus as The Living Word Of God.

“The Word” is largely understood in Protestant Reformed circles to be the Bible, the Old and New Testament canons as defined by Martin Luther and his ilk.

I think that any time we read “word” in the OT it actually refers to the scripture as the instrument that effects Gods will on the earth and in the hearts of men. But the New Testament clearly depicts Jesus as the fulfillment and incarnation of the words of God, scripture. For this reason Jesus is known as The Living Word. The One who came to fulfill God’s will for all of mankind.

As John says, Jn 1:1- 5; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ” (ESV)

And later, Jn 1:14; “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (ESV)

All of the words of God were fulfilled in Jesus, who became the Living Word, The Logos.

Greek Jews made a clear distinction between logos prophorikos (“the uttered word”, think prophecy) and the logos endiathetos (“the word remaining within”, think Holy Spirit). Stoic philosophers also recognized the logos spermatikos (“the generative will of the Universe”, God spoke and there was Light).

I don’t think it’s coincidence that John says the Word was in the beginning with God, and that His life gives light.

Genesis 1 retells the account of creation. The first thing created was light.

It came about by the word, Jesus The Word, of God.

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