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November 18, 2022

The Logos and Rhema

Col 3:16 Let the word [logos] of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God. John 15:7 If you abide in Me and My words [rhema] abide in you, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. Eph 6:17 And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word [rhema] of God,

There are two Greek words, logos and rhema, that is translated to word(s) in English. Logos is the written word of the Bible expressing, explaining, and defining our mysterious Lord. Rhema is the word spoken within us by the Spirit of Christ just at the time we need it. The Spirit is within us, giving us some living words at the right time to meet our needs. The Spirit speaking the rhema within never speaks differently from the written logos. The inner rhema always corresponds with the outer logos. Perhaps you read the written logos this morning but failed to understand it or to apply it to you in a living way. While you are working, the Spirit anoints you from within with the word, giving you the right meaning and even the right emphasis. Now the outward, written word becomes the living word within your spirit. You can experience it and apply it in your life. In this way the logos becomes the rhema; the outer word becomes the inner word. We need to attend to the living rhema within, allowing it to have its full way within us. In order to allow the living word to have its free way within us, we must go along with it... Concentrating on the inner rhema will make the living Lord so real to us in our spirit. It will make Christ so available and practical. We shall sense the moving and the working of the Lord who energizes us inwardly.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee, Life-Study of John, pp. 411-413. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. Please visit us at www.emanna.com. Send comments to: comment@emanna.com.

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