The Dividing Asunder Between Soul and Spirit: What Is the Difference Between the Logos and Rhema Word?


What are the Logos and the Rhema  Word

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

Greek: In the beginning was the logos, and the logos was in fellowship and communion with God, and God was the logos.

The Word of God is comprised both of the logos and the rhema word.

Both are essential in furnishing us with the fullness of God’s knowledge and will, both as believers, and corporately in our churches.

The logos word defines God in general concepts and ideas to give us the “big picture” of who God is.  This is why Jesus is called the logos word in John 1: 1 because He described the concepts of the nature of the invisible God.

With God: Not that Jesus was with God as one who was next or along Him, but as one that is with God because He lives in continual fellowship and communion with Him.

The word was God. More correctly, “God was the logos”.  Jesus, as God the Son, is first found in an eternal and continual communion with God the Father, so He can then come to mankind as the logos word, which translated and interpreted to us the conceptuality of the Father.

John 1:2  The same was in the beginning with God.

This one was from all eternity is in constant communion and fellowship with God. (John repeats the theme of verse one to emphasize the complete sufficiency of Jesus to assume the role of “God, the logos word” to humanity.

The rhema word is a moment-to-moment portion of the logos word uttered by the voice of God’s Spirit to equip us with God’s commands, guidance, and the fulfillment of our needs in accordance to our specific circumstances.

It is the voice of the Spirit speaking to us in a specific situation.

It can come as a picture, a vision, a dream, intuition, gut feeling, a word of prophecy, or a word of knowledge.

John 5:20  For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.

For the Father is fond of the Son and shows Him all things that He does in a way that can be proven and for proof, and greater than these works will he show you with the goal in His mind that you may wonder.

Ministers of God must know that continually, at all moments, the Father is exhibiting within them all that He does in way that the minister can understand and prove the work of God, and then manifest it as proof into the world.

Practice, makes perfect, like anything else. The more you step out in faith, the better that you will learn to hear God’s voice.

Mt 5:8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Purity of life allows us to hear God’s voice better and better.

2Ti 1:10  But is  now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

1Jo 3:5  And ye know that he was manifested  to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

1Jo 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested , that he might destroy the works of the devil.

Spending time in God’s presence will allow you to hear Him better, because His presence or manifestation destroys the works of the evil one and delivers us from sins.

The Rhema Word

Matthew 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every RHEMA that proceedeth ( from moment to moment) out of the mouth of God.

Oh how this scripture burdens me time and time again, because the precious bride of Christ does not dig deep enough into God to know how to cultivate the voice of God within its heart.

Secondly, the church does not learn to live in total dependency to the personal word of revelation from God to it, moment by moment.

Our learning to do this is the difference between spiritual life and death!

Luke 1:37  For with God nothing shall be impossible.  The literal interpretation of this verse is as follows: 

For with God every rhema word has the (indwelling) dunamis power to come to pass.

Every  rhema word carries God’s measure of dunamis power adapted for, and greater than the circumstance into which God speaks it into, assuring God a complete victory.

Every rhema word reveals the Person of Christ.  As Christ is revealed, the faith and power that He possesses, is manifested along with Him.

  Luke 5:5  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy RHEMA I will let down the net.  

The disciples of Jesus had been painfully laboring throughout the night to catch fish, and had accomplished little.  This account describes perfectly the activity of our churches.  Much of our goings-on have been spent upon programs, agendas, and committees, and little upon the guidance, strategy, and power of the Holy Spirit through the rhema.  Notice that the “one rhema” of Jesus brought a huge catch.

John 3:34  For he whom God hath sent speaketh the RHEMAS of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

Each time we hear, speak, and act upon the rhema word, the power of God will be released.  This is the key to a healing and deliverance ministry. Functioning by the rhema word allows you to work in the infinite and transcendental power of God, for His rhema word has no limit to it.

John 6:63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the RHEMAS that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

Whatever we do beyond the voice of God, no matter how noble, noteworthy, merciful, or charitable it is, will always produce a measure of spiritual death.  Every activity in our Christian walk, and in our congregations must be based wholly upon the voice of the living God.

John 6:68  Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the RHEMAS of eternal life. 

Only the voice of God produces eternal life.  Even the best voices of our intellects, promoting church activities and functions, which have not been commanded by the Lord will generate some spiritual death.

 John 12:47  And if any man hear my RHEMAS and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.

 John 12:48  He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my RHEMAS, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. 

What a sobering admonition Jesus gives us here!   Can you imagine that our willful disobedience to the voice of God during our earthly life will be our judge in the next one?

John 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my RHEMAS abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 

Many times we take the name of Jesus as a “magic wand” and have believed that asking in that name will get us anything we want.  My brothers and sisters, our asking and receiving must always be in accordance to the rhema of God.  God will always honor his rhema word since it comes from Him.  According to His rhema, our prayers will always be answered, and we will get anything that we ask for!

 John 17:8  For I have given unto them the RHEMAS which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 

This scripture supports the vital importance of spiritual gifts.  The revelatory words of God make manifest the Christ to the world. Christ today dwells in glory.  Glory is what makes the invisible Christ visible!  How we need the full manifestation of spiritual gifts in our churches for the full manifestation of Christ.  What a ploy of the enemy it is to shut them out, or to tell us that they are not needed today.

Romans 10:6  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

7  Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)

8  But what saith it? The rhema Word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the rhema word of faith, which we preach;

Verse six and seven of Romans ten tells us that we are not forced to take extraordinary measures to bring the Lord down from heaven or to bring up from the dead.  In other words, we do not have to travel far and wide to find the Lord.

As we go on to verse eight we suddenly find that the apostle Paul has switched gears from the Lord Jesus and is now talking about the rhema word.  He says that Christ is not far from us, because the rhema word is near to us; even in our mouth and in our heart.  Therefore the rhema word is the revelation of the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, or is what brings the Lord Jesus to us as we walk in the Spirit.

Romans 10:17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Rhema word of God.

So then faith gets its life from hearing, but the type of hearing, which describes faith, must be exclusively one, which comes through the rhema word of God.

The faith OF CHRIST is His rhema word. This is a crucial point!

 Ephesians 5:25  Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

Ephesians 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the RHEMA. 

These scriptures “hit home” at one of the very major problems within our churches today.  The church will only be purified and made holy by the revelatory word of God.  The rhema is what washes the bride of Christ and heals and restores it.  Let me ask you a question.  If the flow of spiritual gifts is curtailed in our congregations, and the rhema is quenched, how will the church ever be washed and made holy?  Pretty serious stuff!

Ephesians 6:17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the RHEMA of God: 

Brethren, it is time for us to know that the only offensive weapon that we have against Satan and his schemes such as sickness, bondage, and sin is the rhema word of God.  If we don’t know how to work in the revelatory word of God, we will never attain a complete victory against the devil, the world, and the flesh !

Peter 1:25  But the RHEMA of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the RHEMA which by the gospel is preached unto you.

Finally my beloved brothers and sisters; our witnessing and evangelism must be always done in the power of God through the rhema, if it is it to be truly effective.  Evangelism programs are good yes, but without the living word spoken into the lives of every lost soul that we meet, the effectiveness of every program will be limited.

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