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When we talk about the Word of God, we usually think of the Bible.

If someone says the Bible is just a book, we get all offended and ready to voice our opinion that the Bible is the Word of God.

Not to sound sacrilegious, but sometimes we can actually make too much of the Bible. People will hold it up and say it is the word of God and worship it more than we worship Christ. Christ is the true Word of God as mentioned in John 1:1. He is the living and powerful Word and His Spirit lives within us.

The Word

Many times we Christians focus so much on The Bible that we forget we have the living Word of God inside of us. The Holy Spirit, who is God in spirit form, just as Jesus was God in human form, lives within us.

In John 5:39 and 40, Jesus told the religious leaders “you study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life”. The religious leaders of the day spent so much time studying the scriptures that they missed the Living Word standing right in front of them.

There is certainly nothing wrong with reading the Bible, as it is God inspired. Through it we can learn from the past, we see the story of redemption throughout, we come to know the love God has for us and how he purchased our salvation through Christ. We learn what pleases God and we come to know that it is only by Grace that we are in right standing with God.

The Bible teaches us the Law and how we humans are completely unable to live a life pleasing to God through the law. The law was our tutor to bring us to realize that we need God’s grace through Christ.

The Bible teaches us of the freedom we now have in Christ and that only by His grace can we live a life pleasing to Him. There is nothing that we can do on our own to earn or deserve what He has done for us.

We need to focus on Jesus. He is the true and living Word of God. It is when we focus on Christ and listen for the leading of the Holy Spirit within us that the written words will come alive with power and meaning.

I like this statement by Mick Mooney, “Above all, trust the Spirit of God in you to guide you. It helps to remember that the Bible is a testimony of the life and finished work of Jesus, not the guide for your life; your Guide abides within you. Certainly the Bible has an important place in our faith walk, but it should never replace the work of the Holy Spirit in you. Christ in us is our hope. Christ in us is how we learn, and how we are led by God”.

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The Word or the words

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

This verse clearly states that Jesus is the true, living, inerrant Word of God.

Not to sound sacrilegious, but sometimes we Christians can actually make to much of the Bible. People will hold it up and say it is the word of God and worship it more than we worship Christ. Christ is the true Word of God. He is the living and powerful Word and His Spirit lives within us.

In John 5:39 and 40, Jesus told the religious leaders “you study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life”. The religious leaders of the day spent so much time studying the scriptures that they missed the Living Word standing right in front of them.

The written words of God contained in the Bible are inspired by God, but the Bible isn’t the whole picture. God does not live in time like we do. He has no beginning and no end. The written words of God are stories of only a certain recorded period of time.

God won’t do anything that is contradictory to His Word, but we need to remember the Bible is the written words of God and Jesus, living in us by the Holy Spirit, is the true and living Word of God. We were given the Holy Spirit to be our companion, guide, teacher and comforter, and He will lead us into all truth.

This certainly doesn’t mean we don’t need to read the Bible, but we do need to keep it in its proper place.

Jesus is who we are to look to for everything. He is the Word. He is our all in all.

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John 1:1 The Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

The Word is not just written words. The Word mentioned here is Jesus, the Living Word.

So many of us focus on what version of the Bible is the true word of God. This verse states that the true Word is alive and living within us as children of God.

If we were never again able to read from the Bible or hear it read to us, we still have the Living Word of God within us to teach us and guide us.

We should read our Bibles no matter what translation we prefer, but we need to remember that the Bible is the inspired words of God, and the true Word of God is Jesus, who lives within each of us through the Holy Spirit.

We can read the words on the pages of the Bible, but it is the Living Word within us that brings to life and gives power to those words we read.

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The Word of God

When we talk about the Word of God, we usually think of the Bible.

If we say the Bible is just a book, we get all offended and ready to voice our opinion that the Bible is the Word of God.

Actually, I disagree with that thought. Based on John 1:1, the Word of God is Jesus. He is the true, living Word of God.

To many times we Christians focus so much on The Bible that we forget we have the living Word of God inside of us. The Holy Spirit, who is God in spirit form, just as Jesus was God in human form, lives within us.

There is certainly nothing wrong with reading the Bible, as it is God inspired. Through it we can learn from the past, we see the story of redemption throughout, we come to know the love God has for us and how he purchased our salvation through Christ. We learn what pleases God and we come to know that it is only by Grace that we are in right standing with God.

The Bible teaches us the Law and how we humans are completely unable to live a life pleasing to God through the law. The law was our tutor to bring us to realize that we need God’s grace through Christ.

The Bible teaches us of the freedom we now have in Christ and that only by His grace can we live a life pleasing to Him. There is nothing that we can do on our own to earn or deserve what He has done for us.

The part we need to get over is how we like to fight and argue over which version of the Bible is the ‘true’ word of God. We need to remember that all versions of the Bible are only versions, man-made interpretations of the original words God gave through the Holy Spirit.

We need to focus on Jesus. Only Jesus is the true and living Word of God. When we focus on Christ and listen for the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit of Christ within us, we will then hear and come to understand the true Word of God.

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