The Word Of God

The Gospel of John speaks of Jesus like this: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”  

The Greek for Word is logos.  One definition of logos is “The principle of divine reason and creative order.”  This is a mouthful, but it basically says that anything that we need to know about God and creation can be found in the Bible and in Christ.

This is important because we need to know how God thinks and how he creates, if we are going to be conformed to the image of his Son, The Word.

One of the things about God and Christ that we know from the Bible is that God and Jesus both created this world and currently control this world just by speaking.  It requires faith to grasp this concept because we are so accustomed to thinking that physical exertion is needed to create or improve a situation.  This concept of speaking instead of acting was something that God was trying to teach Moses years ago when he asked Moses to speak to a rock to produce water for the thirsty Israelites in the desert.  

Moses disobeyed and chose instead to strike the rock, simultaneously rebuking the people for their lack of faith.  This single act of disobedience by Moses kept him out of the promised land.

Like with Moses, God is teaching us to speak to the rock when we need something.  This requires discipline, for, like Moses, we are inclined to let our emotions and our unbelief get the best of us.  We may strike out at obstacles in our way, and we may use our tongues to harangue men for their faults when we should be imploring Our Father and Our Lord to intervene on our behalf.  

This may be the final lesson of the life of faith: praying fervently to God on behalf of men and speaking softly to men when reproof is needed.  Paul wrote to the Philippians: “Let your gentleness be evident to all; the Lord is near.  And do not be anxious for anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, let your needs be known to God, and the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

— Brad Heilhecker