Monday, November 7, 2016

THE LOGOS IS THE RHEMA (pt 3)

How does a “rhema word” affect my walk with the Lord?

Will that be any different than a “logos word”?


If you have not been following this series up to this point, please refer to the first article wherein I mention how the “rhema word” is generally understood.

As a part of my research into this concept of the differences between the two Greek words, logos and rhema, I found articles espousing and explaining the differences.

Following is a quote from one of those.
“The second primary Greek word that describes Scripture is rhema, which refers to a word that is spoken and means “an utterance.” A rhema is a verse or portion of Scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention with application to a current situation or need for direction.(read the entire article here)

The emphasis, which was in the original article, is an example of what I call an extrapolation for the purpose of building a doctrine.

The first part, the definition, is essentially true, according to most Greek lexicons. Rhema can be used to mean “utterance.”

However, where is the authority to extrapolate from that definition to make “utterance” of an immediate aspect? There is none from the lexicographers I could find.

There is nothing that implies that rhema is an utterance outside of the scriptural content.

The same author goes on to say in the paragraph immediately following the one above,
“Every word of God is inspired, and “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). It is the Holy Spirit Who illuminates particular Scriptures for application in a daily walk with the Lord.
This is something that I trust all believers understand.

ALL SCRIPTURE is given by God, and we have that in the Bible. ALL SCRIPTURE is profitable. ALL Scripture includes both the logos and the rhema as contained within the covers of your bible.

And, yes, we definitely need the Holy Spirit’s involvement in our lives.

Jesus said, “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)

Before I go too deeply into the scriptures concerning these two words, I would direct your attention to Hebrews 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.
This verse drives most Christians who affirm the authority of the Bible as being God’s inerrant word, with 2 Timothy 3:16 (quoted above) as being primary.

These two together form a bulwark of strength for believers who depend more on the Lord than they do on the vagaries of their feelings.

Pay close attention to the verse from Hebrews. It does everything that a rhema word purportedly does.
  • It’s alive.
  • It’s powerful.
  • It’s sharper than a very sharp sword.
  • It distinguishes between soul and spirit.
  • It aids in the healing of the body.
  • It clarifies my thoughts.
  • It reveals my true intentions.

Not to mess with your mind too much, but the “word of God” in this verse is the logos, not the rhema. (prove it for yourself here)

Yes, it is the written words on paper that do all this. Of course, it cannot be done without the Holy Spirit, but He uses the logos of ink on paper to get you a rhema.


Anything—ANYTHING—that attempts to get around the use of the written Word is leading down a destructive path.

If you are one who is always looking for “a rhema word,” but you are not looking in the Bible, then the possibility of getting a pure rhema is slim at best.

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