Logos Word of God – BT3: Radical shift in logos “Word of God” meaning from Old to New Testaments
Logos Word of God – BT3: Radical shift in logos “Word of God” meaning from Old to New Testaments
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There was a radical shift from the Old Testament (OT) to the New Testament (NT) in the meaning of the logos “Word of God.” It WAS the OT of gramma writings finally fully-collected in graphe “scripture” by 90 AD, divided into ‘kinds/classes/categories’ as “the Torah Law, Prophets, and Writings” – see Logos Word of God – BT5a.
However, NOW in the New Testament (NT), the logos “Word of God” means either:
1) Jesus Christ, “the Living, abiding, sharper-than-a-double-edged sword, Logos Communicating-Message “Word of God” to fully reveal The Truth or aletheia “absolute-reality” about God, the Father (a), or
2) “the euaggelion ‘Great News preached/heralded gospel’ from Jesus about Jesus, even of the nature of Jesus as the “God and Savior” (b), “Christ (Anointed One), Son of the living God” (c), but also the “gospel of the kingdom” (d), the logos message of trusting-relying-faith in Christ (e) that is the same as “obedience of faith” (f), the logos message of zoe genuine-life that is everlasting (g), the logos message of Christ’s righteousness (h), the only 2 commandments of “trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love” being the logos message that Christians heard from the beginning (i), the logos message that has Christ’s authority & enabling-power to do miracles (j), the logos message of the cross that is the enabling-power of God, that preaching/heralding that is not just a logos message but also by the deed of enabling-power of the Holy Spirit (k) that is the enabling-power of the coming age that Christians tasted (l), the logos messages of Jesus that leads to godliness (m) by the Spirit’s enabling-power for zoe genuine-life and godliness (n), the gospel that is the logos message of The Truth giving us our blessed hope to be made completely righteous in our glorification at Christ’s coming (o), and finally the logos message of the gospel that early Christians preached & taught (p).
<Notes> a) John 1:1-18, 14:6; Hebrews 11:3; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 3:5-7; 1 John 1:1, 10; 1 Corinthians 11:7; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 1:15; Philippians 2:6; Hebrews 1:3; Revelation 6:9, 19:13, b) Mark 4:15-20; Luke 8:11, 21; John 4:41, 50, 15:3; 2 Peter 1:1, c) Matthew 16:16, d) Matthew 4:13, 9:35, 13:19, 24:14; Mark 1:15, e) Romans 10:8; 1 Timothy 4:6, f) Romans 1:5, 16:26, g) Philippians 2:16; 1 John 1:1, h) Hebrews 5:13, i) 1 John 2:7, 24. 3:11, 23; 2 John 1:5-6, j) Luke 4:36, k) 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1 Corinthians 1:18, l) Hebrews 6:5, m) 1 Timothy 6:3, n) 2 Timothy 3:5; 2 Peter 1:3, o) Hebrews 5:13; Colossians 1:5; Titus 2:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:1, 10; Romans 8:17-18, 30; 1 Corinthians 13:12, 15:42, 52-54; John 5:25, 28; Luke 20:36, p) Acts 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 11:1, 12:24, 13:5, 7, 46, 15:7, 17:13; 1 Corinthians 14:36; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 14:36; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Galatians 6:6; Philippians 2:16; Colossians 1:25; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 8, 2:13, 4:15; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; 2 Timothy 2:9; Titus 1:9, 2:5; James 1:18, 21-23; 1 Peter 2:8, 3:1; 1 John 2:5; Revelation 1:2, 9, 12:11, 17:17, 19:9, 20:4, 21:5, 22:6, 7, 9, 10, 18, 19.
The bible of God is NO LONGER gramma letters of graphe scripture, for Paul adamantly declares in 2 Corinthians 3:3, 6-7, 9-11, 13-15 that NOW: “you’all (Christians) are a [singular] epistle ‘hand-written letter’ from Christ delivered by us, grapho written absolutely-in-fact-NOT by-the-means-of ink [like ALL of the graphe scriptures were] but-instead [written] by-the-means-of the Spirit of the living God, absolutely-in-fact-NOT [written] on tablets of stone [like the original 10 commandments of the old covenant or Law] but-instead [written] on tablets of human hearts. . . . God has made us sufficient to be ministers of a completely-different-in-kind NEW covenant, absolutely-in-fact-NOT of/belonging-to [singular without the article] gramma writing (a) but-instead of/belonging-to [singular without the article] Spirit (a) for the [singular article] gramma writing (a) presently/ongoingly apokteino ‘kills by separating you away-from [God],’ but-NOW the [singular article] Spirit (a) presently/ongoingly zoa gives-genuine-life.”
<Notes> a) Because Paul used the article for gramma and Spirit at the 2nd half of the verse, he doesn’t have to specify them in the 1st half of the verse to mean the same thing. Paul often does this to save time and paper! We also know gramma referring to the entire old covenant or Law because of v. 7’s plural use of gramma without the article – see notes 1A and 2A in Logos Word of God – BT4.
Paul continues: “Now if the ministry of death, carved by-the-means-of [plural without the article] gramma letters on stone . . . the ministry of condemnation . . . . ,for it what was being brought to an end . . . . that once had glory but NOW has come to have absolutely-in-fact-NO glory at all, because of the glory [of the New Covenant] hyperbolically-surpasses it . . . But their minds/hearts were hardened, for to this day, whenever they read the old covenant, that same veil [that hid God’s glory on Moses’ face from the Israelites] remains unlifted . . . Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over the-reader’s heart.”
The completely-different-in-kind ‘New’ Covenant has a completely-different-in-kind ‘New’ Way of knowing God and His logos message, by definition of chadash/kainos ‘New’ (a) and the context of every verse that speaks of it. Also, early Christianity was called “the Way” (b) – the definite article indicating it wasn’t the “old way” of the gramma letters of graphe scripture (c). <Notes> a) chadash, kainos: fresh, completely-different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior, b) Acts 9:2, 22:4, c) Romans 7:6.
The Jewish “way” or the “way” of any other religion that consists of gramma writings has been “hyperbolically-surpassed” as Paul said above! Although religious people try, the NT says you absolutely can NOT travel the ‘NT Way’ and at the same time travel the ‘OT way’ or include any of its elements, by definition and context. To do so creates the Great Wall quenching the Holy Spirit in today’s churches. It is one or the other, and the results are just as diametrically opposed. Which road or “way” will you travel on?
This radical NT shift in meaning of logos “Word of God” is so clearly stated in the following: “IN Him (a) you also, when you heard the logos message of The Truth (b) – the gospel of your salvation – put your trusting-relying-faith IN Him (a) and/coupled were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit . . .” (c). “We heard of your trusting-relying-faith IN Christ Jesus . . . Of this you have heard before in the logos message of The Truth – the gospel – which has come to you, as indeed in the whole world it is bearing fruit and increasing, just as it also does among you, since the day you heard it and/coupled understood the unconditional-loving-favor-of-grace of God by-the-means-of [singular: The] Truth (d), which again we know is almost always a reference to Jesus (b). Finally, Paul asks: “Proseuchomai conversationally-pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the logos message, to declare the mystery of Christ” (e), “the mystery of the gospel” (f). <Notes> a) Christ from v. 12, b) often used in the NT synonymously for Christ, e.g., John 14:6 – see The Truth page, c) Ephesians 1:13, d) Colossians 1:4-6, e) Colossians 4:3, f) Ephesians 3:6, 6:19.
Paul clarifies what gospel it is that he teaches: “If anyone teaches a different doctrine/teaching and/coupled does not agree with the hugianio ‘sound, uncorrupted, healthy, functioning’ logos messages of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . he is puffed up with conceit and/coupled epistamai understands-by-prolonged-close-acquaintance absolutely-in-fact-NO thing” (a), and therefore: “Follow the pattern of the hugianio ‘sound, uncorrupted, healthy, functioning’ logos messages that you have heard from me – by-the-means-of/with-the-company-of [singular] trusting-relying-faith and/coupled [singular] unconditional-love that are IN Christ Jesus” (b). Notice the linking of these 2 aspects of the gospel logos message, which are not coincidently the only 2 commandments of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (c). <Notes> a) 1 Timothy 6:3-4, b) 2 Timothy 1:13, c) 1 John 3:23.
Furthermore, Paul tells Timothy, as with all Christians, to not buy into false teaching about celibacy or asceticism that includes fasting – see New Covenant Ways – BT2b and – BT7, “for everything created by God is good, and absolutely-in-fact-NO thing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the logos message of God (a) and/coupled proseuche conversational-prayer. If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being entrepho educated/nourished in the logos messages of The Trusting-Relying-Faith” (The Christian Faith) (b). Are our logos messages “hugianio ‘sound, uncorrupted, healthy, functioning’ ones of “[singular] trusting-relying-faith and [singular] unconditional-love that are IN Christ?” I’ve sure heard hundreds of sermons that have nothing to do with these! <Notes> a) God’s message concerning trusting-relying-faith per 1 Timothy 4:1, 6, b) 1 Timothy 4:4-5.
Christians are strong-urged by the imperative to hold onto for dear life – Christ’s preached logos gospel message! Paul says: “[I strongly urge you to] let the logos message of/belonging-to Christ dwell in you richly” (a). Jesus says of faithful Christians that they: “have kept His logos message and/coupled did not deny Him” (b). Paul instructs ministers like Timothy to be “approved workers who have no need to be ashamed, rightly handling (c) the logos message of The Truth (d), . . . proclaim/herald the logos message, ready in season or out of season (e),” and also: “But NOW in His own time, God has made His logos message manifest-evident through [singular: the] heralding/proclamation I was entrusted with kata down-from/according-to the epitage ‘authoritative, structured order that builds/arranges upon/fits a situation’ of God our Savior” (f) (g).
<Notes> a) Colossians 3:16, b) Revelation 3:8, 10, c) literally of cutting cloth straight, so figuratively here of interpreting the logos message of Christ and preaching this gospel correctly, d) Christ per John 14:6, 8:32, 38, and “faith in Christ” – see 2 Timothy 3:8, e) 2 Timothy 2:15, 4:2, f) Titus 1:3, g) God our Savior. Use of the title “Savior” for God the Father is characteristic of 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus. It occurs 6 times in these letters, but only twice elsewhere in the NT. However, it occurs commonly in the OT, especially in Isaiah. It emphasizes the Father as the initiator and source of salvation. However, we see in Acts 9:15-16 that it was the Lord Jesus who commanded Paul to preach the gospel. Clearly the Lord Jesus is Yahweh God our Savior, which is what Yeshua means.
NONE of these logos messages above are the gramma writings collected into OT graphe scripture, and certainly not the ‘kind/class/category’ called the torah/nomos Law/Instruction of God. Are we holding onto our big fat bibles for dear life or the simple gospel logos message of “The Truth . . . the Son that will set us free” (a)? <Notes> a) Christ per John 14:6, 8:32, 38, and “faith in Christ” – see 2 Timothy 3:8.
As Christian musicians, are we going to remain ignorant of how the definition of logos “Word of God” radically shifted between the OT and NT, consequently spreading false teaching if we do? It absolutely is no longer graphe scripture to reveal God and His torah instruction for us, but Jesus Christ and His ‘sound, uncorrupted, healthy, functioning’, life-giving message of the gospel.
Do we still think there are 613 commandments of God, when there are only 2 in the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant? Do you even know how “radically different and unique” they are by definition from everything preceding them? If you don’t, then you’ve fallen in the “religion trap!”
Are you aware that Law and Grace are polar opposites by definition? Are you aware that 97.4% of the OT is based on Law – see Logos Word of God – BT5a – and that 100% of the NT is based on Grace? Which do you spend most of your time in? This will likely determine if your logos messages are ‘sound, uncorrupted, healthy, functioning’ or if you also, like the Jews, who did so much bible-study “understand by prolonged close acquaintance’ absolutely in-fact-NO thing.” What are we holding on to with devotion? Christ and His messages about faith and unconditional-love, or God forbid, something else?
Lord, we need Your help to stay devoted to WHO your logos “Word of God” is NOW, not the WHATs of the bible and certainly not the OT scriptures, and absolutely not the old covenant Law of Commandments, but instead to HOLD on to Your Son Jesus, The Truth Logos Communicator of God, and His Grace-filled gospel logos message of trusting-relying-faith in Him and unconditional-love for others, just as He is our example to follow, certainly not limited to “loving only our neighbor (fellow Jews)” and certainly not limited to “as yourself.” Jesus is NOW our “One is your Teacher, and you are all brethren” NOW by the enabling-power of His Holy Spirit. Thank You for keeping it so simple for us “little children” whom the “secrets of the kingdom are revealed” but “kept hidden from the [so-called] wise and understanding one.” Amen.
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