Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Word Word

1 Peter 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

The Word "Word"
When we read of the word "word" in this text, we are looking a description that could either be referring to the Bible, the written "word" or Jesus Christ, the "living word". (Psalm 119:105; John 1:1).  The word "word" that is used for both is the Greek word "logos", from whence we derive our English words "logic" and "logical". The term "logos" (word) refers to the characteristic of both the Bible and Christ that serves to reveal the otherwise invisible God.   The Bible fully and accurately brings to us the will, words and voice of God.  Jesus Christ fully and accurately makes known the Person, Power and glory of God. 

The relationship between "The Written Word" and "The Living Word"
The Bible, the "written Word of God", points and centers upon "The Living Word" Jesus Christ.  Jesus speaks of the the Old Testament scriptures as pointing to Himself. (Luke 24:44)  Likewise, Christ came to fulfill the written Word.   The Holy Spirit says in 1 Peter 1:10-11 - "As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow."   Thus the ministry of God's "written Word" and the majesty of God the Living Word cannot be separated. 

What you think about the Bible, you think about Jesus Christ
John 1:1 states - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."  Psalm 119:105 tells us  "Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path."  As we have already witnessed, both are intregal to the other.  In more ways than you and I realize, what we say about the Bible, we end up saying about Jesus Christ.  Conversely, what you say about Jesus Christ, you say about the Bible.  We know this by the commonality shared between Jesus Christ and the Bible:

1. Jesus Christ is Fully Divine and Fully Human as One Person. (Colossians 1:16, 2:9)
    The Bible is s fully Divine and Human Book. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21)

2. Jesus Christ is the source of the Christian life. (John 11:25)
    The Bible is responsible for the beginning of the Christian life. (James 1:18)

3. Jesus Christ leads and guides believers. (John 10)
    God leads and guides believers through the Bible. (Psalm 119:124)

4. Jesus Christ is without error in His humanity or Deity. (1 Peter 1:21-22; Heb 7:26)
    The Bible is without error in its literary and Divine qualities. (Ps 119:96; Proverbs 30:5) 

Furthermore, there are passages that use the word "word" in such a way as to make it possible to refer to either Jesus Christ (The Living Word) or the Bible (The living Word)

1 Peter 1:23 above could either be referring to Jesus Christ as the living and enduring Word of God (John 1:1, 14) or the Bible as the Living and enduring word of God. (1 Peter 1:25)  Another text, Hebrews 4:12, though easily referring to the Bible's qualitiy as a living book, could easily too refer to Jesus Christ the Living Word.

To say that the Bible has errors, or that the Bible is not sufficient is to say the exact same thing about Jesus Christ.  May we prize the scriptures, since in doing so we prize Christ, the Living Word. 

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