Logos Word of God – BT1
The logos “Word of God” is NOT the directly-spoken/heard rhema “Word of God”
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Unfortunately many English bibles translate 2 completely different-in-kind Greek words rhema and logos both as “word,” as with the “Word of God,” grossly misleading readers into believing that their entire bible is NOW for them under the completely different-in-kind New Covenant is the same “Word of God,” when in fact, the bible is at best the logos message of God but never the rhema words of God. Many Christians are unaware of the RADICAL SHIFT from the OT to the NT in what defined as the logos “Word of God.” They are clueless that God’s logos message had radically shifted, so the “logos Word of God” isn’t even close to being the same in the NT. Therefore, it is entirely incorrect to hold a big fat bible high in the air and boldly declare: “This is the ‘Word of God’ for Today” – unless your bible is a NT, but you will see that even this is NOT entirely true!
There is also a lot of confusion about what graphe “scripture” is with a lot of people erroneously thinking it’s their entire bible, when ALL Jews, even Jesus and the NT writers, NEVER used the term for NT writings. It wasn’t until around 200 AD that a Latin Catholic theologian first applied the term graphe “scripture” to the loosely collected, non-canonized, NT writings in his apologetic arguments against unbelievers, particularly Jews, and so-called “heretics.” Also, there’s more misunderstanding as to the “portions of OT scripture” called gramma “letters” and a particular portion called the “Written Code” or more specifically torah or nomos “Law,” how the NT says we should view them, and even how to use them properly – not indiscriminately as to many Christians do. I will endeavor on the page below to clear up some of the confusion.
There is even more misunderstanding in many Christian’s minds about what eventually ended up as their bible, the canonization or inclusions and exclusions of gramma writings into the graphe books of the OT and NT, which absolutely did NOT come about through nice, neat, smooth, orderly, unanimous, consensus. Wars were fought over it! Many manuscript experts, historians, theologians, and segments of Judaism and the Christian Church still disagree as to exactly what belongs in the bible. If you have any questions about this, start with Wikipedia’s article on “Biblical Canon.” Read a multitude of resources, because there is a lot of propaganda out there, smoothing over of the intense controversy and fighting, and trying to justify predetermined positions, like eisegesis translation, instead of looking at original source material objectively, like exegesis translation does. A great resource for NT writings is www.earlychristianwritings.com. Many English translations confuse matters more by stamping “Holy Bible” on the front cover, a term invented by King James in 1611 for his Protestant translation, but borrowed from a Latin Catholic theologian in the Middle Ages (465-1500 AD) who coined the Latin term biblia sacra or “Holy Books” for the combined OT and NT. Anyone who thinks that all the manuscripts of the NT are in mostly in agreement and any differences are ‘insignificant’ should start with Wikipedia’s “Textual Variants of the New Testament.“ The subject of OT textual variation is even broader, so just Google it. Due to the extensiveness of these subjects, the page below won’t be able to explore these adequately, so it’s best to do your own homework. I certainly have – see Bible Info.
What you will find in all this is such complexity that it really does take the “wise and learned” to come close to sunesis ‘connecting-the-dots’ to rationally understand it, and this may seem more than a little frustrating! Don’t fret, but remember what the Lord Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious/unmerited/unconditional will” (a), and “the little children . . . for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (b), and “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn (repent) and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (c). Since the completely different-in-kind New Covenant created a radically “New Way” to “experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know the Lord” NOW from “the least to the greatest” (d) so that God can NOW show no partiality in how He reveals Himself or His will (e), neither should our teaching of one another (f) or ministry (g) or any action (h) for that matter – see the Least Among You page. <Notes> a) Matthew 11:25-26, Luke 10:21, b) Matthew 19:14, c) Matthew 18:3, Mark 10:15, Luke 18:17, d) Jeremiah 31:3; Hebrews 8:11; Matthew 11:11, 25:40, 45; Luke 7:28, 9:48, e) Acts 10:34; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9, f) Luke 20:21, g) James 2:1, h) 1 Timothy 5:21.
The page below will start to show you God’s simple New Covenant Way – the non-partial, fully accessible Holy Spirit as the “One Teacher” and “Parakletos Helper-Counselor” for ALL of us to NOW “experientially, relationally yada/ginosko know the Lord” and His will, regardless of our Zechariah 4:6 “might and power” external resources or internal abilities, or lack of it! For more on this also see the Conversational-Prayer page. You can also read how this theology impacts the bible’s understanding of man’s “might and power” on the “Might and Power” and Skill pages. Finally, you can see how all this is useful to music ministry on the Spirit-Practice and Spirit-Perform pages. If you have any questions about my biblical language and interpretation credentials, or resources you can use to do your own detailed research, please go to the Bible Info page.
Directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are “freshly spoken words from one’s mouth directly to someone else,” as God’s spoken words were to ALL the prophets of the OT and NT, thus the term “prophecy.” Rhema is only used in the NT about 70 times, but the promises associated with it are night and day over logos. If you want to read more about prophetic rhema, then go back to the Conversational-Prayer and Prophetic Rhema pages.
However, once directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words are written down, these become logos words, which is the Greek word for a broad range of communication from thought to written form, but that focuses more on the content of the message rather than on its delivery, as rhema focuses on, thus the common translation of logos as “message.” It is very unfortunate that so many bibles obscure the vast different in meaning between rhema and logos by translating both as “word.” In Hebrews 12:19, it recounts God attempting to speak personally to all the Jews on Mt. Sinai by His “Voice whose directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words made the hearers beg that no further logos message be spoken to them.”
When you read logos information, whether you later speak it with directly-spoken/heard rhema words or not, or write it down as more logos messages, your reading requires the left-brain, rational mind’s cognitive sunesis ‘connect-the-dots’ rational understanding of the logos message content. This largely relies on your reading and study skills, vocabulary comprehension, and mental prowess, which favors the “wise and learned” and “the not many rich among us,” but excludes little children, the blind, the mentally impaired, and the poor who often can’t afford to be educated to read). However, God “shows no favoritism or partiality” (a), so wouldn’t God rather use directly-spoken/heard prophetic rhema words directly into a person’s soul so they can understand them perfectly, and do this for EVERYONE? See Least Among You page. <Notes> a) Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, Galatians 2:6, Ephesians 6:9.
As Christian musicians, do we want to remain ‘in the dark’ about the radical difference between logos and rhema “Word of God” and perpetuate the error of early Catholic theologians? Are we going to remain ignorant of what the NT says about “scripture” being “fulfilled by Christ” so that its “old covenant is ended, vanished away, and been replaced” so that having “died in water-baptism with Christ to what once enslaved, we are now free to obey another – Jesus Christ who we were resurrected with also in water-baptism?”
Are we aware that most honest scholars aren’t totally confident what actually is the text and canon of the bible, but only those who are afraid to be honest, afraid that others will lose their faith in the Lord. Their faith is built on confidence in the written logos “Word of God” and so they look the other way at the mounds of evidence that make this a “foundation of shifting sands.” I know because for 28 years I was one of these Sola Scriptura folks that would argue for 100% confidence in the bible until I was blue in the face!
I worked in a Christian bookstore for 2 years and 80% of the books on the shelves are based on eisegesis – starting out with a thesis and taking most verses out of context to fit it. Even this week I had to discount half the book of a well-known teacher because they “twisted to their own destruction” many verses just to build their argument. We had to pull so many books off the shelf because they were worldly and heretical to the core beliefs of the Christian Faith! Going to in 1987 to the first of five bible colleges towards a Masters in Divinity in Biblical Exegesis, was birthed after watching so naïve Christians and pastors not know much at all about biblical hermeneutics, especially the original languages or even reading things in context!
But what really got me back on the path of The Truth kicked in around 2008 when I began being flooded with supernatural experiences and was downloaded from that point on with hundreds of revelations, visions, dreams, and messages of knowledge, only some which are on the Prophetic-Rhema page, and especially when I learned that all you had to become, within the completely different-in-kind New Covenant, to receive all this is a simple, trusting, humble little child who learns best by listening to and watching their parents! After all, God shows no partiality but “reveals the secrets of the kingdom to little children” first before “the wise and learned ones who they are kept hidden from.” The fastest way to learn is to “be taught by God” by surrendering control of your “might and power” external resources and internal abilities to those of the “By My Spirit” so that Zechariah 4:6 can also me true in your own life!
Lord, please keep me “in the light” of Your fellowship and the truth that “You are The Truth,” not bible writings about You, that “sets men free from the practice of sin.” You are the firm foundation to build my ‘house’ on, not the illusion that “in the bible I may take hold of genuine-life everlasting. It simply testifies of You so that by coming to You I will find genuine-life.” Lord, keep me from ‘getting caught up’ in second-hand gnosis informational-knowledge about You that is the entire bible, erroneously closing my eyes of its many textual and canonical problems, and instead ‘getting caught up’ in You through first-hand, genuine, experiential, relational epignosis knowledge of You under the completely different-in-kind New Covenant by the means of “The One Teacher” Holy Spirit. Your “rhema words are Spirit and genuine-life, not a logos testimony about You, for “the flesh absolutely profits nothing.” Now I understand I must boldly and relentlessly come before You as a little child, listening and watching You to teach Me directly, even by visions and dreams. To such is the kingdom and the secrets of the kingdom. I want to be one of them Lord! Amen.