Word of God – LOGOS & RHEMA
There are two Greek terms for WORD of God
* LOGOS – λογος
* RHEMA – ῥήματι
Psalm 119:130 – The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced.
Rhema is referred to the instant, personal speaking of God to us.
Rhema is a revelation from God to man.
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
This instant speaking from God comes to us within and is based on the constant written Word of God. It’s by the rhema word that we can know God subjectively and experientially.
Sometimes we receive God’s rhema word as we’re reading or praying with the written word. At other times, the Lord speaks a specific word to us sometime during our day.
The rhema word does more than help us in particular situations. It also imparts Christ as life into us us so we can grow in Him. And it washes us so we can be inwardly transformed.
Rhema helps us to grow & wash us
John 6:63 says, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words which I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.”
The Greek word for words, here and in v. 68, is rhema, which denotes the instant and present spoken word. It differs from logos (used for Word in 1:1), which denotes the constant word. Here the words follows the Spirit. The Spirit is living and real, yet He is very mysterious, intangible, and difficult for people to apprehend; the words, however, are substantial.
First, the Lord indicated that for giving life He would become the Spirit. Then He said that the words He speaks are spirit and life. This shows that His spoken words are the embodiment of the Spirit of life. He is now the life-giving Spirit in resurrection, and the Spirit is embodied in His words. When we receive His words by exercising our spirit, we get the Spirit, who is life.”
The key for us to receive the Lord’s rhema words is to exercise our spirit when we come to the Word of God. The best way to exercise our spirit is by prayer. By praying with the Word, we contact the Spirit in the Word and the words on the page are no longer simply words but become spirit and life to us. This is how the Word of God feeds us and supplies us with life for our growth in Christ.
Ephesians 5:26 says, “That He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word.”
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word [rhema]that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4)
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word [rhema] of God” (Romans 10:17).
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God” (Ephesians 6:17).
“If ye abide in me, and my words [rhema] abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you”(John 15:7).
When Jesus told Peter to cast the fishing nets on the other side of the boat, Peter answered, “Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word [rhema] I will let down the net”(Luke 5:5).
When the angel told Mary that she would have a child, “Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word [rhema]” (Luke 1:38).
God gave John the message he was to preach as a forerunner to Christ: “The word [rhema] of God came unto John”(Luke 3:2).