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logos - the Word. June 9, 2013

By: Admin on June 9, 2013

logos the Word

The series at Waverley for May and part of June is called "Definition. Words Mean Something". This was the message from June 9, 2013.

Words don’t just mean what they say in the dictionary, they actually have a true meaning in the use. They actually can impact our lives. There are words in the Bible and as we get to know these words and what they really mean, our lives will truly change.

1. The Word is Powerful and Effective
Genesis 1:1 - 3
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”

“In the beginning”, God was there in the very beginning, before everything. The universe was formless, empty and dark. In essence there was nothing. The universe was meaningless, shapeless, formless, and purposeless.

But God stepped in. He moved in with the Word: God spoke...and it happened. With just a word it all came to being. Creation came about when God spoke. How it actually worked itself through is not the point, the point is that God spoke and creation happened.

THEREFORE: The Word is powerful and effective. God just doesn’t say things into air or put words down on paper and that’s it. Things happen when the Word goes out.

2. The Word is God with Us
The gospel of John is part of the biography of Jesus. The word, "gospel" means "Good news, a good message or a good report." In reality it really is the good news of Jesus, as told by John. This is how John begins his biography of Jesus Christ:

John 1:1, 2
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”

John started out with something very familiar, “In the beginning” - His readers knew what he was talking about. He was referring to the "beginning" of everything, looking back to Genesis chapter 1.

John says that in the beginning was the Word and we know that creation started with a “word”. But he goes on:

This Word was with God (at, near, by Thayer Greek Lexicon). This means the "Word" was separate from God, yet with him. The Word was in God's presence and was accompanying him at the same time. According to Genesis God was the one at the beginning, so what does this mean? John goes on to explain that the Word WAS God. HE was with God in the beginning.

The "Word" is not just words, it is a person. This person is not just any person, this person is God with all of God’s power, authority, wisdom and holiness. Therefore, this person’s word is the word of God, powerful and effective.

THE WORD - LOGOS

Thayer Greek Lexicon (3056): logos 1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea

The Word, logos, is more than a noun. Not just a word that goes out into the air. Not just a group of letters put together on paper. It is active. In one sense it is more “verb” than “word”.

The Greek Lexicon says it comes from a source which is a living voice, intelligent, with authority. It embodies a conception or idea: it is not words just for words sake, there is a purpose and meaning behind it. The Word means something and does something.

God used words in the beginning and the result is the creation.

God used words to set the law, the basis of a relationship with him, the introduction to his mercy and forgiveness, the introduction to his plan of salvation. It wasn't the full, complete plan, yet. But it introduced the world to God's holy standard, our own sinfulness and shortfalls and pointed us to a final solution for all this.

For God, the word wasn’t just something on paper or in the air, words gave life. Therefore, the Word came to us. The one who had life, purpose, power and wisdom came to us.

Who is this WORD, this logos? Jesus!

If the Word is God, and what the Word has is power and what the word is, is effective - how does this apply to Jesus?

3. The Word is Life
1 John 1:1 - 4
“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.4 We write this to make our joy complete.”

John repeats that this is something and someone from the beginning (Genesis 1). This is something and someone that was here with us all the time. This is the Word of Life

This Word of Life gives us eternal life, life that comes from God (the Father) to us (all human beings). It is forever, never ending. It is true life as God originally created it from the beginning - not like the life and world we have now. We sense that this world is NOT the way it should be, and the reason we can say that it isn’t they way it should be is because we have something to which we can compare: the beginning and the Word that was in the beginning. We know how God created everything and we know it is messed up because of our sin

John goes on in verse 3 to show that this is life that gives us a true relationship, fellowship. This relationship is found in the community of others who have this same life, others who have faith and have accepted the grace and truth of Jesus. It is also fellowship and relationship with God and with Jesus, the Word, the logos
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Finally, in verse.4, John says this is the life that gives true joy, complete joy - full, to the max joy.

4. The Word will Change your Life
Colossians 3:16
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (NKJV)

We have seen that The Word, logos, is powerful and effective, it comes from God and IS God Himself - it is Jesus. We also see that from the Word, logos, we can have a brand new life that will give us true and complete joy.

Now we see something more: Jesus, the Word, the logos of God changes our lives completely.
It dwells in in us, meaning it becomes part of us. It sets up house and home in us. It gives us true wisdom - not just knowledge, rather the means to use the knowledge we have in a way that is truly good, in a way that truly honours God and blesses others.

Our relationship to God will change the relationship with others. With this Word, with the logos, in our life we can teach and push (admonish) each other along in many different ways because we have a change of heart: a change that involves GOD’S GRACE

All this comes about through our faith in Jesus, the logos, the Word.

Faith comes not by dreaming about and hoping that something good will happen because there MIGHT be a God out there. Faith is the clear knowledge and confidence that God IS there, that Jesus IS God and that Jesus will change your life.

Receiving this new life because of faith involves no cost to us, because Jesus came with Grace and Truth - He came to give us Grace, a gift, based on the Truth: our reality of being sinners who do not deserve God’s love and forgiveness. The Grace of God sent Jesus to suffer what the Truth says about the consequences of our sin and to receive our punishment. Free Grace isn’t cheap, but the price was completely paid by Jesus Himself.

How do we know all this?

From what we call “the Word of God”, the Bible. If you would like to know the first place you could look in the Bible to start to get an understanding of Jesus, the Word, the logos of God, look into the book of John - fourth book of the New Testament, the 43rd book of the Bible. This is one of the introductions to the person and message of Jesus.

You need to know who Jesus is to understand the Grace and Truth of God, since He embodies it. As you come to know and understand, allow the message to penetrate your heart, conscience and mind so you begin to think and live in a different way.

Then...introduce the Word, the logos to others that they might have this new life, too.

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Topics: bible, jesus, message series

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