“Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,” – Ephesians 1:15-19
LIGHT FOR NOW: Jesus is the living word contained in the written word.
In our previous studies on this subject, we came to deduce that the term “word of God” in 1Peter 1:23 is in reference to the person of Jesus and not a book. However, we came to deduce that the implication of the term “before the foundation of the world” (in verse 20) is in reference to God’s redemption plan in context (verses 18 to 19) communicated or documented in Genesis (a book of the bible). In other words, within the books (Genesis to Malachi and Matthew to Revelation), we will find the person (who is Jesus Christ) or within the written word (the bible), we will find the living word (Jesus). You’ll observe in verse 25 of 1Peter 1, he says “But the word of the Lord endureth forever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you”. Recall, we’ve not yet looked at the Greek implication of the word “word” in verse 23. But it is worthy of note that in verse 25 where he uses the same English word “word” as used earlier in verse 23; Peter here in verse 25 uses a different Greek word “word” from the one used in verse 23 which will be examined later in our studies. So, unlike the word “word” used in verse 23, he uses a different Greek word twice for the word “word” in verse 25 and it’s the word “rhema”. Recall, the Greek word “rhema” is different from the Greek word used in verse 23. The Greek word “rhema” refers to the utterances of the prophets. So, he calls “rhema” the word of the Lord and he says “the word of the Lord endureth forever”. So, what utterances of the prophets can be referred to the word of the Lord? Their Christ centered utterances. In other words, in the Old Testament, the word that came from God was the words the prophets spoke concerning Christ because Jesus is the word of God. That is why earlier on in verses 10 and 11 of the same chapter, he said “Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow”. To be continued in our next study.
INSTRUCTION: Know the word.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, ignite in me the zeal and passion for your word, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The words that came from God from the utterances of the prophets where Christ centered utterances.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: JOHN CHAPTER 5; EVENING: LUKE CHAPTER 24