July Devotion

The Word of God

We cherish our Bibles and the words of wisdom, love, and mercy from Our Heavenly Father. This marvelous book is commonly referred to as “the word of God.” In this month’s devotion we examine this phrase more closely to see if “the word of God” is something much greater than the book which rests on our nightstands.

When we read from The Gospel of John, he begins with those unforgettable words, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 ESV) Later in verse 14, John says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14a (ESV)

For many centuries and in many cultures, philosophers, mystics, and theologians pondered the existence and meaning of a single, all-powerful and mighty word. This all-encompassing word, it was believed, contained ultimate reality, all truth, the supreme spirit, cosmic principles, and all knowledge. In Hindu culture around 600 BC, the word was “OM” which is chanted still today by followers of the Hindu gods. Later, in about 300 BC, the father of Stoic Philosophy, Zeno of Citium, first used the term “logos” and linked it to a supreme being or god-like entity. Then, during the time of Christ, the Jewish intellectual, Philo of Alexandria made the connection between this “logos” and The Almighty God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

When John wrote his Gospel, the “logos” was still a subject of debate among the intellectuals of the time so John’s words carried considerable weight. John agrees with the existence of a single word or “logos.” More than that, John goes on to say this word put on flesh and dwelt among men on earth. He ultimately declares this "logos" has a name and His name is Jesus.

With these final sentences, John finishes his Gospel account. “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” John 21:25 (ESV) Having begun his Gospel with a single word, John finishes with what appears to be an infinity of words.

The Word of God is Jesus. His infinite nature cannot be contained by ink on paper. The Word of God cannot be limited to mere words on a page. Our Bibles are indeed “words from God” but The Word of God is something far greater than the book resting on our nightstands.

The Book of Hebrews says it well: 12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:12-13 (ESV) The Word of God is alive and active! Look at the pronouns used to refer back to the Word of God. The words “his” and “him” rather than “it.” These verses are not describing a book; they describe a man. A very special man: The Risen LORD and Our Savior, Jesus the promised Messiah. 

Finally, in the Revelation given to John, we read once again a portrayal of Our LORD as the rider of a white horse: “He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God.” Revelation 19:13 (ESV)