Saturday, March 9, 2013

Word or World? The difference one letter makes.

The other day J, my ten-year-old daughter asked "What is infantcide?"  Well, that's what I heard.  I wondered what she was reading, probably History.  When I explained that it is killing babies, she exclaimed, "Huh!?"  She was reading a book about caves.  She clarified by spelling the word,
"E-M-P-H-A-S-I-Z-E.."  Oh!  Clearly not the same.  Apparently she misread, "emphasize" as "emphancize."  Close enough for me to explain the horrific term of infantcide. 

It's amazing what a difference a few letters makes.  It made me think about the difference between "word" and "world" in the Bible.  Make it a capital "Word" in the Bible, it changes the world.

John 1:1-3  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. (emphasis mine)

The Word made the world. 

According to John 1:1, the Word existed in the beginning (always existed).  The Word was with God during creation (vs. 3 says that "all things came into being through Him").  And the Word WAS God. (Word = God).   

The Word came to the world.

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  

This Word= God, became a man (Jesus).  People saw God's character in Jesus.  His character of grace and truth.  

The Word changed the "word."

The Greek word for "word" is logos.  Many Greek philosophers spoke of the Logos as universal Reason.  They believed this "reason" could not be a part of the material world.*  When the "Word" became flesh, Jesus superseded all earthly wisdom.  Jesus changed the definition of "word."   

The "World" blinds minds from the Word.

2 Corinthians 4:3-4
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.  

2 John 1:7
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

Watch out for the god of this world, the deceiver.  He doesn't want you to believe Jesus is God and that Jesus loves YOU.

However!  The Word overcomes the World.

1 John 4:1-4
1Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God : every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God ; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God ; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world

The Word will Reign

The Bible promises Jesus, the Word will return.  One of Jesus' titles:  The Word of God. 

Revelation 19:11-13
11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. 12 His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems ; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. 13 He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. (emphasis mine)

Notice His robe.  Dipped in blood.  The blood that offers you forgiveness.  Which do you choose?  The god of this world?  Or, the Word of God?  The One who overcomes the World!

* The Chronological Study Bible, by Thomas Nelson, 2008, Thomas Nelson, Inc.; Pg.1079

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