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The Word of God

How does the Bible use the phrase “Word of God”? We see this phrase used in 2 different manners.

First, Jesus Christ is portrayed in select passages as the Word of God. 

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

Although this comparison is rare, it serves to remind us that Jesus Christ exists as the only person we should look to to discover the character and will of God.

Second, God’s spoken words are referred to as the Word of God and come in three forms in Scripture:

1.  God speaks and His words have such power that they cause something incredible to happen. This is referred to as God’s decrees.

And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.”
Genesis 1:3

 2. God often spoke to individuals directly in the Bible. We read about conversations God had with Adam and Moses. He also spoke at Jesus’ baptism.

3. God used prophets to speak his words. Although His words come from human lips, God said that He put them there, so we receive them as God’s words.

“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brethren; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. And whoever will not give heed to my words which he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.”
Deuteronomy 18:18-20

4. God’s words are found in written form in the Bible. In fact, the only reason we know about all the previous forms of God’s words are because of what we read in the Bible. Therefore, our study of systematic theology stems from a close study of the Word of God as found in the Bible.


Today’s lesson seems like a simple concept. However, acknowledging that the words found in the Bible are indeed God’s words should bring about a certain response in our lives. Grudem says it well: “they [God’s words found in the Bible] are absolutely authoritative and absolutely true: to disobey them or disbelieve them is a serious sin and brings judgment from God” (1 Cor. 14:37 and Jer. 36:29-31) (50).

If the words found in the Bible are God’s words, then we must obey them. We must believe them to be true. This must be reflected in how we live our lives.

Do you struggle to believe everything you read in the Bible? What is most difficult for you to accept? Let’s talk in the comments.


Find a passage of Scripture that speaks about God’s Word. Share it in the comments telling us how that passage impacts your life.

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  1. Diane Tolley says:

    I believe that if one spends time each day with the word of God, one can never stray from him. My favourite scripture is Luke 1:37. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to Thy will. A reminder that always, I belong to Him and that He directs me and my life for His best good. I should be willing always to obey. Thank you for sharing on NOBH!

  2. Hebrews 4:12

    For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

    Oh – this verse humbles me. How wicked my heart is! It also reminds me of how powerful my OWN words are. How I need to take care when speaking to my little ones! 

    Thanks for linking up on Thrive @ Home Thursday!

  3. Great explanation!  Thanks for linking up to Thrive @ Home Thursday. :)

  4. Kerry @ Made For Real says:

    All good insights and truths, Mary Beth. ESP the Grudem quote – that gives me that gulp reminder, that ‘Yep, we better heed these words and live by them honestly, daily.’ good stuff… (thanks for popping over my way today, appreciate your visit!)

  5. Beautiful post and a great challenge….let’s see. 
    For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Eph 2:8-9 is the verse I would choose. For it reminds me that it is not about me. Nothing I do or can’t do will change the fact that He freely offers me grace. I’m nothing without what He gives. What He gives to me…

    • Thanks for completing the challenge! I meant to come back and do it myself but it got late last night and bed called my name. Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious (1 Peter 2:1 – 2:3 NKJV)
      These verses challenge me to memorize scripture. Since I know it’s good.

      Mary Beth

  6. RedOakLane says:

    This is so beautiful!

    Several years ago, I had an issue with someone, they wanted me to get involved in something that I didn’t want to get involved in…and when I said no, they cut me off. This has left me bitter toward them. They then did some things in retaliation to me. I have held that hurt and bitterness inside. I prayed for the person to see the error of their ways. But recently I started praying for peace for me. I prayed that I would find peace and that God would let me know what to do and give me the courage to understand and do it. Last Sunday, my heart was heavy and I realized it was God’s way of leaning on it. Finally–and it took a lot–I emailed the person and just told them that Life is Short and I hope they are well. They responded very quickly that they wished me well, too. I don’t know that I want to have them back in my life…but I do feel at peace :)

    btw, the linky is up—I had not looked at a calendar when I created it! Yikes!

    • Sometimes it is so hard to obey the Word of God! I’m glad you were able to take that step of obedience and what a blessing you reaped! Peace is definitely worth it! There have been many times in my life that I’ve just had an uneasiness of spirit that wouldn’t leave me alone until I acted. I like how you phrased it as the Lord leaning on it! That’s just what it feels like!

      I’m heading over to link up now!


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