Logos Word of God – BT3
There was a radical shift of the meaning of logos “Word of God” from the OT to the NT
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There was a radical shift from the OT to the NT in the meaning of the logos “Word of God.” It went from the OT meaning of “scripture” – categorized as “the Torah, Prophets, and Writings” – to the NT meaning of either: 1) Jesus Christ, “the living, abiding, sharper-than-a-double-edged sword Logos of God” (a), or 2) “the ‘Great News’ preached gospel of the kingdom,” the logos message of trusting-relying-faith in Christ, the “obedience of faith” (b) in Christ for zoe genuine-life that is everlasting, of trusting-relying-faith in Christ’s righteousness, of trusting-relying-faith in God’s only 2 commandments NOW of “trusting-relying-faith and unconditional-love,” of trusting-relying-faith in Christ’s enabling-power by His Holy Spirit to guide and teach us everything needed for obedience, and finally trusting-relying-faith in the “blessed hope” of His Second Coming, (c). <Notes> a) John 1:1-18; Hebrews 11:3; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 3:5-7; 1 John 1:1, 10; Revelation 6:9, 19:13, b) Romans 1:5, 16:26, c) Mark 4:15-20, Luke 8:11, 21; John 4:41, 50, 15:3; Acts 4:31, 6:2, 7, 8:14, 11:1, 12:24, 13:5, 7, 46, 15:7, 17:13; 1 Corinthians 1:18, 14:36; 2 Corinthians 4:2; Galatians 6:6; Philippians 1:14, 2:16; Colossians 1:25; 1 Thessalonians 1:6, 8, 2:13, 4:15, 18; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; 2 Timothy 2:9; Titus 1:9, 2:5; Hebrews 5:13; James 1:18, 21-23; 1 Peter 2:8, 3:1; 1 John 2:5, 7, 14; and Revelation 1:2, 9, 12:11, 17:17, 19:9, 20:4, 21:5, 22:6, 7, 9, 10, 18, 19,
The radical, completely-different-in-kind ‘New’ Covenant has a radical, completely-different-in-kind ‘New’ Way, by definition of ‘New’ (a) and context of every verse that uses it. Also, early Christianity was called “the Way” (b) – the definite article indicating it wasn’t the “old way” of the gramma letter of scripture (c), or the “way” of any other religion. 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. It is one or the other, and the results are just as diametrically opposed. Which road or “way” will you travel on? <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.
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 – and put your trusting-relying-faith in Him (a), and were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit . . .” (c), and “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 understood the unconditional-favor-of-grace of God in/by/with [singular] truth (d), which again we know is a reference to Jesus (b), and “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, c) Ephesians 1:13, d) Colossians 1:4-6, e) Colossians 4:3, f) Ephesians 3:6, 6:19.
Paul clarifies what gospel he teaches: “If anyone teaches a different doctrine/teaching and does not agree with the hugianio uncorrupted-healthy-functioning logos messages of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . he is puffed up with conceit and epistamai understands-by-prolonged-close-acquaintance absolutely in fact nothing” (a), and therefore: “Follow the pattern of the hugianio uncorrupted-healthy-functioning logos messages that you have heard from me – in/by/with [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 message, which are not coincidently the only 2 commandments of the completely-different-in-kind New Covenant (c). Paul tells Timothy, as with all Christians, to not buy into false teaching about celibacy or asceticism that includes fasting, “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the logos message of God (d) and 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” (e). Are our logos messages “hugianio 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) 1 Timothy 6:3-4, b) 2 Timothy 1:13, c) 1 John 3:23, d) God’s message concerning trusting-relying-faith per 1 Timothy 4:1, 6, e) 1 Timothy 4:4-5.
Christians are commanded to hold onto for dear life, Christ’s preached logos gospel message. Paul says: “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 gospel 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] heralding/proclamation I was entrusted with down-from/according-to the command of God our Savior” (g). None of these logos messages above are the gramma writings collected into graphe scripture, and certainly not the portion called the torah/nomos Law or Instruction of God. Are we holding onto our big fat bibles for dear life or the simple logos gospel message of “The Truth . . . the Son that will set us free” (d)? <Notes> a) Colossians 3:16, b) Revelation 3:8, 10, c) literally of cutting cloth straight, so figuratively here of interpreting the message of Christ and preaching it 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.
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? It is no longer scripture to reveal God and His instruction for us, but Jesus Christ and His sound, 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 the 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 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 ‘uncorrupted, holistically-functioning’ or if you “understand-by-prolonged-close-acquaintance absolutely in fact nothing.” 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 WHAT of the bible and certainly not the OT scriptures, and absolutely not the old covenant Law of Commandments, but Your Son Jesus, The Truth logos Communicator of God, and His Grace-filled logos gospel message of trusting-relying-faith in Him and unconditional-love for others. He is NOW our “One Teacher” 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.” Amen.