This is a continuation of the nine-part series, I’d Like to Prophesy, But…
“Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and acts on them, I will show you whom he is like: he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid a foundation on the rock; and when a flood occurred, the torrent burst against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built. (Luke 6:46 – 48)
For years, I looked at the above verses and believed Jesus was talking only about His written words which are contained in the New Testament, and especially the first four books of the New Testament.
And this was because the Greek word logos is translated words in verse 47.
Now my thinking went along with Kenneth Hagin and other Charismatic teachers who taught that there was a difference between the two Greek words, logos and rhema, which are both translated into our English language as word.
These Charismatic teachers believe that the Greek word logos refers mainly to the written word as found in today’s Bibles, while the Greek word rhema refers to an uttered word.
These teachers would use the following examples to prove their beliefs:
For the word [logos] is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
And take up the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word [rhema] of God. (Ephesians 6: 17)
There are many other scriptural examples these teachers would use to explain their beliefs, but to be honest, there is a major flaw in their teachings. And the flaw is that there are more exceptions to their teachings than there are examples of it being valid.
Now, I am not saying that there is not a difference between the two Greek words, logos and rhema, but I would guess that it is a subtle nuance which has been lost (so far) to us over the centuries.
Strong’s Concordance defines both logos and rhema as being spoken words or utterances. And if you want to study more on logos versus rhema, Theo-Enthumology has a great study on them.
So, as we continue on in this series, I will be looking at Luke 6:46 -49 as also referring to prophetic words or Jesus’ now words.
(Continued in Part 2)