Proverbs 12 11-12-21

The Word of God is more than words, more than a book, and more than anyone can capture with pen and ink. He’s a Person!

28 In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality. Just as this “path” is metaphorical and stands for much more than simply a road, the Word of God is much more than a book.

“In the beginning was the Word…” John 1:1. The Greeks translated “Word” as “logos,” which means “a word (as embodying an idea), a statement, a speech.” but the meaning is much more than that! The “Word” is the breath of God that proceeds from His mouth as He speaks creation into existence. That very breath, that life, is God the Son. We are told in Proverbs 8:30-31 that Jesus is the Craftsman at God’s side during creation. In fact, John 1:2-3 says that “He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” This fact is confirmed in Colossians 1:16-17 and Hebrews 1:3.

One may argue that Hebrews 4:12 says that “the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” NIV

There is a problem, though, with that particular translation, as well as New Living Translation, Amplified Version, Holman Christian Standard Bible, Good News Translation, GOD’S WORD Translation, and others in that “it” is not in the original manuscript. The most literal English version we have is the New American Standard Bible, and it doesn’t have the word, “it,” nor do the English Standard Version, King James Version, New King James Version, and several others. What does this mean?

It means that they should have taken the next verse into consideration, “And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” The “Him” is Jesus, and He IS the Word of God.

In case you’re still dubious, turn to Revelation 19:13. We find:

13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.

The blood is His own, and the name is “The Word of God.” Folks, it doesn’t get much plainer than that.

Does this delineation mean that the Bible is not God’s word? No. It just means that we trust Jesus to teach us truth, for He IS Truth. We trust Him to show us the way as we read, for He IS the Way. We trust Him to give us life, for He IS life. The Bible gives us a written form of our knowledge of Him, His message, and His love, but only Jesus Himself can actually give us those things experientially.

We must seek the Lord each time we open the Scriptures.
He is the only One who can shine light on their meaning.

We begin by picking up our Bibles. We pray and then we read.

Abba, thank You for Your Spirit who guides me into all truth and opens up my heart to Your love. Enlighten me, Lord, even as I read the Scriptures, which point to You. May I find You on every page and in every sentence. Amen.

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