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The Living Word
How important is a word?
Writers search for just the right word to "punch" an idea. Parents
anxiously wait for their child's first word. Do you remember the tension
in the court room when O.J. was waiting the hear the word "not"
before the word guilty?
A single word is important.
A careless one can destroy, an encouraging one can build.
Our entire universe came
from a word. It was God's word. "For he spoke, and it came to be .
. . " (Psalm 33:9a) It was the creative word of God.
Jesus is God's final word.
Aristotle, in his artistic proofs, mentioned three things that convince
people. The ethos, pathos and logos. The ethos is a speakers credibility.
It is the way we feel about her. Pathos is a "gut feeling," an
inner voice that convinces us. The logos is the final word. It is the undisputable
logic behind an argument.
John choose "logos"
to describe Jesus. He said: "In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God." (John 1:1) Jesus is the
final, ultimate expression of God to us. He is the saving Word of God.
God began the world with
a word, redeemed the world with a word, and He guides the world with His
word. Does God still speak? Can we hear Him?
The Bible is God's living
word. If we listen, we can hear. Hebrews 4:12 says: "For the word
of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates
even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts
and attitudes of the heart."
"Living and active .
. . " Is God's word living in you? It is if you are living in His
word. Would you like the Bible to come alive in your life?