Both Jesus and the Bible are referred to as the Word of God in the Bible and by people today. The phrase "Word of God" means something slightly different depending on the Hebrew or Greek word used, as well as the context.
How are both Jesus and the Bible the Word of God?
Probably the most well-known use of the Word of God as a title for Jesus is John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Logos is the Greek word used in John 1:1, and it means the entire message from someone, in this case God. God's entire message is encapsulated within Jesus. Jesus is the Good News, in entirety (see also, Colossians 1:19; 2:9).
Additionally, logos appears in the New Testament when writers wanted to describe the written message of God (1 Timothy 4:5; Colossians 1:25; Hebrews 4:12). Jesus used the word logos when praying for His followers: "Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth" (John 17:17).
Rhema is another Greek word translated "word" in English. It means the actual spoken or written words of God (Hebrews 6:5). Jesus referred to the rhema when tempted when He replied: "It is written, 'Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God'" (Matthew 4:4). Rhema is also used in Ephesians 6:17 to describe the sword of the Spirit—the word of God.
The "Word of God" is more than just the actual word on a page or the utterances on our lips. God communicates to us in many ways—through His creation (Psalm 19:1), through the prophets of ancient times (Hebrews 1:1), through the Holy Spirit (John 16:8-13), through Scripture (Hebrews 4:12), and through His Son, Jesus Christ (John 14:9). We are wise to pay attention to God's Word in every way.
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