Friday, November 11, 2016

NEW TESTAMENT USAGE OF RHEMA and LOGOS

Remember, the basic distinction between logos and rhema made by those who would have us believe there is something significant in the difference, is that rhema refers to that which is spoken and logos refers to that which is written.


While that basic distinction, in and of itself is not a problem, it is the way it is carried to other thoughts that tends toward deception.

For instance, I have heard and I have seen it written that “the logos is the dead letter and the rhema is spirit.”

I will tell you straight up without equivocation that is a lie straight from the pit of hell.

No matter what the context of the statement, or the supposed meaning or purpose, it is a lie designed to get you away from the Word of God.

Why do I say that?

Simple.

Jesus is the logos. (John 1:1)

People have taken Paul’s statement in 2 Cor. 3:6 and applied it out of context to the Bible. He was speaking of the old covenant, and more specifically of the 10 commandments. (2 Cor. 3:7)

There is a true principle about using the Bible without the Spirit which ends up in ministering death; and I am sure that is what most folks mean whenever they say such things about the letter killing.

But that is more about the spirit in which it is ministered than what is ministered. Let us not forget Heb. 4:12—
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
I think it is good to compare this verse with Eph. 6:17—
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Both verses have the English phrase “word of God.”

However, Hebrews uses logos and Ephesians uses rhema.

It is here where the distinction is made.

Ephesians is talking about the “whole armor of God” as a necessity in our spiritual warfare. Taking a cue from Matt. 4:4 where Jesus said, “It is written…,” the thought is that the “word of God” here is the verse(s) the Holy Spirit brings to you in the moment of warfare.

W.E. Vine wrote—
The significance of rhema (as distinct from logos) is exemplified in the injunction to take "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God," Eph 6:17; here the reference is not to the whole Bible as such, but to the individual scripture which the Spirit brings to our remembrance for use in time of need, a prerequisite being the regular storing of the mind with Scripture.
Again, there is nothing here to throw stones at.

However, the further removed we are from the teaching of this truth, the more we have seen the error creep in.

Vine’s last statement is no longer emphasized—
...a prerequisite being the regular storing of the mind with Scripture.

What is said now is that whatever rhema word you get from the Lord cannot be against the scripture.

That is not even in the same ballpark as “It is written.”

Plainly, what Mr. Vine was saying is that the rhema you get in the moment of ‘now’ will be that which has been stored up within your mind/heart/spirit from the logos.

Is that not what Jesus said also?
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (Jhn 14:26)
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

Let’s now begin to look at some of the places these two words are used in the NT.
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words (rhema), hath one that judgeth him: the word (logos) that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. (Jhn 12:48)
Oops!
Somebody messed up.
The writer used logos for the spoken word.
While Peter yet spake these words (rhema), the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word (logos). (Act 10:44)
Oops!
Somebody messed up.
The writer used logos for the spoken word.
And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words (rhema); which voice they that heard intreated that the word (logos) should not be spoken to them any more: (Heb 12:19)
Oops!
Somebody messed up.
The writer used logos for the spoken word.

Instead of saying that those who were used to record God’s Word messed up, would it not be possible, and actually more likely, that maybe we are messed up?

Maybe we have not taken the time to dig into God’s Word for ourselves to see if what we have been taught, or what we understand from what we’ve been taught, is the whole truth. (Acts 17:11)

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