This is my study note for message that I preached
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:1-3 (KJV)
The Greek word here is Logos referring to the expression of intelligent thought. Jesus is the embodiment of the divine thought and reason by which the creation was made.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Romans 1:20 (KJV)
The creation is an expression of God's intelligent thought, in a way similar to a painting being an expression of the thought of the artist or a book being the being the expression of the thought of the writer.
Cinema, music, art literature can all be defined avenues for the expression of thought, and concepts or logos of man. The creation, and the Bible are expressions of the logos of God. The word given out by divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit through the mouth of his prophet is also logos of God.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Isaiah 55:10-11 (KJV)
Like the rain the Word of the Lord always comes out of Heaven from the very throne room of God. When a prophet receives a word it is literally dropped in his spirit from above. The word is rained into the heart of his prophet so that it can saturate the Earth, and revitalize life, and alter the landscape by cutting away parts of the Earth a process known as erosion.
Consistent rainfall is known to literally wear down rocks. As rain soak into soft ground and produces life. So does the Word of God in a humble and contrite heart. A proud and stubborn heart is like a rock, that the rain of the Word of God will cut into it till it is broken down.
Once the rain does what it is meant to do it returns to heaven in the form of vapor., and is released again at the proper time. The word from the mouth of God is always productive. It will produce new life or it will remove obstacles that hinder the plan of God upon the face of the Earth.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel, 3 And say to the land of Israel, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth my sword out of his sheath, and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. 4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall my sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north: 5 That all flesh may know that I the LORD have drawn forth my sword out of his sheath: it shall not return any more. 6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins; and with bitterness sigh before their eyes. 7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, Wherefore sighest thou? that thou shalt answer, For the tidings; because it cometh: and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water: behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord GOD.
Ezek 21:1-7 (KJV)
In verse 2 the Hebrew word for drop is referring to a drop of water or a rain drop. God is commanding his prophet rain his word on Jerusalem. God is always raining his word upon the face of the Earth and he includes his prophets in the process. The Lord is very capable of getting his message out with or with out prophets. God is capable of speaking through any part of the creation at any time. If any prophet gets built up in pride because God speaks through him , he should take heed of himself or else he may be humbled by receiving a word through the mouth of a jackass.
The word rains down on all creation it does not necessarily come through a prophet. In this passage God switches from the image of his word as rain, and to image of his word as a double edged sword.
This sword has a unique property it is alive, notice the wording his sheath is reference to the sword in verses. God is using the word his in reference to the sword making it a person rather than a thing. If he was referring to a thing it would read it's sheath not his sheath.
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.
Heb 4:12 (KJV)
The sword, here discerns thoughts and intents of the heart. The ability to discern is an aspect of intelligence. This again makes the word a person, not a thing.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (KJV)
The Sword of the Spirit is the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. When the word of the Lord came to the prophets of old, it was Jesus coming to them declaring the Father. From the beginning the Son always testified of the Father. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday today and forever.
I n both John and Hebrews the Greek word used here is Logos Expression of intelligent thought.
Where ever I am there is my intelligence thought also. God thinking process was a always will be embodied in the person of his son.
Go back to Ezek 21:1-7 (KJV)
The judgment of God comes according to the Word of the Lord the person of Jesus Christ.
The Hebrew word in verse one means -
1) to speak, declare, converse, command, promise, warn, threaten, sing
All these function require inteligence to carry out these actions. The Word that comes to the prophet is that which expresses God's intelegence. Our purpose here a prophets is to exemplify the mind of Christ on Earth as it is in Heaven.
A sword's sole purpose is to cut. When Christ arrives on the scene something is either being , cut off, away or is being shaped, carved.
Here in Ezekiel the word is cutting evil from the face of the Earth. The righteous, and the wicked were being cut off with the sin, because they would not let their sin go. So they were cut off with it. Sin brings death. In order for us to truly live sin must be cut out of our lives.
The Word of the Lord cuts away sin so that life may flourish.
Where sin is present life is cut off.
The sword divides.
Death and life are set before them
15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayst live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
Deut 30:15-20 (KJV)
The Law of Moses is the Word of God , and like a two edged sword it divides the road of life and the road of death. So does the word of in Heb 4:12 (ASV)
The Word of God divides soul and spirit. From the soul comes our selfish desires that are opposed the the plan and puposes of God, and lead to death From the Spirit comes the will, plan , of God. which leads to life. The word of God makes it clear which road we are walking on.
From the time of Adam till now the Word of the Lord has been raining on the Earth to show man where he is at with God.
9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.
Gen 3:9-10 (KJV)
God never asks a question to gain information or knowledge. If God needed his creation to inform him than he would no longer be God.
God wanted Adam to assess where he was with him, so that he may restored.
For the law was given by Moses, [but] grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
Moses spoke by the word of God, which is the intelligence of God defined in the person of Jesus Christ..
God spoke to Moses face to face, and gave him the Law. Then that God who gave the law became a man, and gave us the grace and truth we needed. Jesus is Word of the living God , and is established as the way that defines the way of life and the way of death , Jesus said “I am the truth , the Life and the Way.”
For Christians the way of life and death is defined not in rules and regulation, but in being transformed in the image of Christ who is the word of life come from heaven.
38 And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. 39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 5:38-40 (KJV)