The Word of God.
This is a very interesting name for Christ. Why do you think He is called the WORD.
Ty for all the scriptural references to strengthen your sharing.
Interesting question, Well He is the creator of all things but also He is the bread that nousrishes us spiritually so is the word
Jhn 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
…Luk 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Jhn 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Rev 19:13 And he [was] clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Christ is called many things in the scriptures. They all point to His diety, His being totally God and totally man at the same time. The following verses help explain…
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Christ was called “the light”, “the lamb of God”, “the son of man”. He is the “Word” which gives us the very will of God. Everything, everyone approaches God through Christ.
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Grace and Peace!
Because He is and always has been. We see this in the beginning verses of the Bible. The triune nature of God at work for creation.
Gen 1:1 In the beginning (((God )))created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the (((Spirit of God))) moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3 (((And God said,)))) Let there be light: and there was light.
Throughout the Old Covenant He always sent His Word. The fourth man in the fire, the pillar of fire at night, the cloud by day, etc.
In Psalms 107:20 He sent His Word and healed them.
Then finally in the New Covenant. Drum roll please………………..
Then in John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The Word became flesh to begin the plan set forth from the foundation of the world for the redemption of man, the reconciliation to God.
Jesus is the very Word of YHVH in the flesh now in heaven in a wonderful glorified body as our high priest.
Why is Christ called the Word of God?…Simply, because He is.
My first thought is of Jesus Christ, Himself. Then I think Baptist, but because of the people there in the church I attend. There is not one person who attends that I do not know and feel a kinship with. We are a family, this particular Body of Christ. And when I meet another Christian I feel a kinship with them as well. Baptist defines my beliefs about what the Bible says, not who I am in Christ. P. S. I really wish people would stop equating denominations with sectarianism. The two are NOT the same and it sows divisions among believers. See how many answerers here make sure they are not associated with a denomination, yet being non-denominational IS a denomination! It tells everyone what they believe about the Bible which is the purpose of denominations!
When all was created, Jesus was there. He is the creator. He merely spoke the Word and everything came into being.
When He spoke everything into being, the work of Jesus on the Cross was also spoken into existence because God already knew what the ribbons of time held for the inhabitants of the earth. He knew the fall and He knew the solution.
He said “Let it be.”
John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
Joh 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of me
Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Gen 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
Gen 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Gen 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
Gen 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Was the Word – Greek, “was the λόγος Logos.” This name is given to him who afterward became “flesh,” or was incarnate (Joh_1:14 – that is, to the Messiah. Whatever is meant by it, therefore, is applicable to the Lord Jesus Christ. There have been many opinions about the reason why this name was given to the Son of God. It is unnecessary to repeat those opinions. The opinion which seems most plausible may be expressed as follows:
1. A “word” is that by which we communicate our will; by which we convey our thoughts; or by which we issue commands the medium of communication with others.
2. The Son of God may be called “the Word,” because he is the medium by which God promulgates His will and issues His commandments. See Heb_1:1-3.
3. This term was in use before the time of John.
(a) It was used in the Aramaic translation of the Old Testament, as, “e. g.,” Isa_45:12; “I have made the earth, and created man upon it.” In the Aramaic it is, “I, ‘by my word,’ have made,” etc. Isa_48:13; “mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth.” In the Aramaic, “‘By my word’ I have founded the earth.” And so in many other places.
(b) This term was used by the Jews as applicable to the Messiah. In their writings he was commonly known by the term “Mimra” – that is, “Word;” and no small part of the interpositions of God in defense of the Jewish nation were declared to be by “the Word of God.” Thus, in their Targum on Deu_26:17-18, it is said, “Ye have appointed the word of God a king over you this day, that he may be your God.”
(c) The term was used by the Jews who were scattered among the Gentiles, and especially those who were conversant with the Greek philosophy.
(d) The term was used by the followers of Plato among the Greeks, to denote the Second Person of the Trinity. The Greek term νοῦς nous or “mind,” was commonly given to this second person, but it was said that this nous was “the word” or “reason” of the First Person of the Trinity. The term was therefore extensively in use among the Jews and Gentiles before John wrote his Gospel, and it was certain that it would be applied to the Second Person of the Trinity by Christians. whether converted from Judaism or Paganism. It was important, therefore, that the meaning of the term should be settled by an inspired man, and accordingly John, in the commencement of his Gospel, is at much pains to state clearly what is the true doctrine respecting the λόγος Logos, or Word. It is possible, also, that the doctrines of the Gnostics had begun to spread in the time of John. They were an Oriental sect, and held that the λόγος Logos or “Word” was one of the “Aeones” that had been created, and that this one had been united to the man Jesus. If that doctrine had begun then to prevail, it was of the more importance for John to settle the truth in regard to the rank of the Logos or Word. This he has done in such a way that there need be no doubt about its meaning.
Very interesting. I like to think that it’s because the Word of God or the Bible is all about Jesus. From Genesis to Revelations. 🙂
Ok, I’ve read somewhere, probably in a study Bible, that the book of John was written mainly to the Greeks, who valued wisdom – Paul wrote that “Greeks seek after wisdom” (1 Corinthians 1:22). So, John deliberately took the opportunity by the Holy Spirit to introduce Jesus as the “Word”, or “logos” (in Greek). So Jesus is the Wisdom of God that they should know and believe in.
Incidentally, Proverbs 8 also personifies Jesus as Wisdom, who was with God in the beginning – “When He prepared the heavens, I was there….. Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; and I was daily His delight, rejoicing always before Him, rejoicing in His inhabited world, and My delight was with the sons of men.” (Proverbs 8:27-31)
John again described Jesus as the Word of God in the book of Revelations – “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God.” (Revelations 19:13) The word “Word” here is “logos” in Greek.
Now, also interesting is that there are (at least) two Greek words for “Word” – one is “logos”, the written Word, and the other is “rhema”, the spoken Word. Jesus is the written Word, because “logos” is used in John 1:1. On the other hand, the Holy Spirit is the spoken Word, because “rhema” is used in Ephesians 6:17, where it says “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”. In the wilderness, when Jesus was tempted by the devil, He spoke out the written Word “It is written….. “, “It is written….. “, “It is written…..” – it became the spoken Word – the rhema – and this sword of the Spirit overcame the devil’s temptations. Hallelujah! May we also follow our Lord’s example by quoting the written Word whenever we are tempted, and the devil will flee from us! Of course, we shouldn’t do it out loud, else people around us will think we are crazy. But if the devil puts thoughts of fear in our mind, for example, we can quote verses under our breath, like “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”, and we will overcome that fear. For according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke”, we also believe and therefore speak. (2 Corinthians 4:13) God bless you, sister. 🙂
The Word is the action of God. When Jesus became flesh, the Word became real. God only has to talk for things to happen, he created the world by simply saying. Jesus was the answer to the promise of the Word of God since the begining.
Genesis – In the beginning God.
He is the Living word.
He came to fulfill the word and he did just that. Manna from heaven.
Matthew – He said that we don’t live on bread alone but every word that proceeded out of God’s mouth. He is that spiritual food that we thrive on.
1) Jesus is the creator of the world, thus the operative power of God. It was through Him that when God spoke, the world took shape – thus the Word.
2) Jesus is the expression of God, thus the illustrative power of God. It is Jesus’ life that examples God’s desire for us – thus He personalizes the Word.