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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?

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