1690 word of God
The utterances of God, especially as revealed in Scripture. This may take the form of commands or promises. The term can also refer to Jesus Christ as the incarnate Word of God.
The word of God revealed as law
The word of God as prophecy
The prophets spoke the words of God Jer 1:9; 1Sa 3:1; Jer 25:3 God’s prophetic word came to Israel with varying frequency. See also 1Ki 17:24; 2Ki 24:2; 2Ch 36:12,15; Isa 16:13; Isa 24:3; Jer 7:1; Jer 14:1; Am 8:11-12; Mal 1:1
Prophetic introductory formulae “The word of the
The word of God as Scripture
The foundational importance of Scripture It must not be distorted or changed: Dt 4:2; Dt 12:32; Pr 30:6; 2Co 2:17; 2Co 4:2; 2Ti 2:15; Rev 22:19 It is to be read publicly: Ne 8:1-8; 1Ti 4:13 It is to be meditated upon: Ps 1:2; Ps 119:15,97 It is the test of orthodoxy: Isa 8:20; Ac 17:11
Mt 22:29 pp Mk 12:24 It is the basis for preaching: Ac 17:2; Ac 18:28
1Co 4:6 It sets the limit of authoritative doctrine.
Jesus Christ as the incarnate Word of God
The gospel as the word of God
It was preached by the first Christians 1Th 2:13 See also Mk 16:20; Ac 6:2; Ac 8:4; Ac 11:1 to the Gentiles; Ac 13:5 to the Jews; Ac 15:35-36; Ac 17:13; 1Co 14:36; 2Co 2:17; 2Co 4:2; Php 1:14; Col 1:25; 2Ti 4:2
It leads to numerical and spiritual growth within the church Ac 6:7; Ac 12:24; Ac 13:49; Ac 19:20; Col 1:5-6; 1Th 2:13 Paul stresses that the preached word is not merely a verbal message but a dynamic power which achieves things.
Descriptions of God’s wordIt is true: Ps 33:4; Jn 17:17 It is flawless: 2Sa 22:31 pp Ps 18:30; Pr 30:5 It is infallible: 1Ki 8:56; 2Ki 10:10
Ps 103:20 It is obeyed by angels. It is eternal: Ps 119:89,152; Isa 40:8; 1Pe 1:25
Ps 119:103 It is sweet and delightful; Ps 138:2 It is exalted above all things; Isa 45:23 It is irrevocable; Eph 6:17 It is the sword of the Spirit; 2Ti 2:9 It is not chained; Heb 4:12 It is living and active; 1Pe 1:23 It is living and enduring.
Comparisons of the word of God with everyday thingsFood: Dt 8:3; Job 23:12; Ps 119:103; Jer 15:16; Eze 2:8; Eze 3:1; 1Pe 2:2
Ps 119:105 light Fire: Jer 5:14; Jer 20:9; Jer 23:29
Jer 23:29 a hammer; Heb 4:12 a two-edged sword
The word of God has power
It is active Isa 55:11 The Hebrew for “word” can also mean “action” or “deed”. This indicates that God’s word is active.
It consecrates secular things 1Ti 4:5 “the word of God and prayer” probably means “scriptural prayer”; i.e., on the basis of scriptural teaching the believer offers thanksgiving and prayer.
It heals and rescues Ps 107:20
It builds up the saints Ac 20:32
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