[Is] not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer [that] breaketh the rock in pieces? (Jeremiah 23:29)
The issue of the difference between Logos Word and Rhema Word could be a full study all on its own, but the generally accepted ‘summary’ is that Logos is the written Word (scripture, or the Bible) and Rhema the spoken Word. Sadly, the tendency today is to limit the Rhema Word to ‘words of prophecy.’
While Rhema does not exclude these, and while the prophetic should not be discounted because it has value for exhortation, encouragement and Bible-based guidance or confirmation, it has become restrictive among many believers to the point that the Logos Word is excluded. This is deception at its most tragic, because it creates a separation that is not spiritually correct and limits the incredible power inherent in the written Word of God. Jesus Himself said: ‘It is written,’ and He should be our example in all things.
Losing the Logos in the Rhema is an extremely dangerous spiritual error. No prophetic word should be taken out of the Logos context. Every prophetic utterance should be weighed against the written Word of God. We hear this over and over, and yet so often we see believers seeking after the prophetic as a ‘quick solution’ to their problems, or for self-gratification and self-justification. Rhema alone is a ‘feel good’ solution that is the first step to deception.
What is more tragic, is that this limits the full relevance and application of the written Word of God in the believer’s life. Somewhere along the way, people have missed the vital truth that Logos itself contains the Rhema. Jesus’ words, ‘it is written,’ are the clearest proof of this. The written Word contains the actual power necessary to fulfill itself, providing the basis for faith is solidly grounded and biblically sound. A heart searching to know the will of God, which seeks the truth in the Word, whichis obedient and surrendered to His will, has the sure and certain knowledge that the Logos Word contains everything that is needed to fulfill it.
Consider the creation as another example. God said: ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. There was light because the Word, imbued and inspired by the Holy Spirit, contained the power in itself to create light. It only needed to be spoken. 2 Timothy 3: 16 starts with the words ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God…’ and Hebrews 4: 12 begins: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword…’
I do not deny that there is a place for the prophetic Rhema within the body of Christ, but this should never replace the written Word of God. We should first seek the Rhema within the Logos, study the Word, know the Word, live the Word. The prophetic is an instrument only, at the discretion of the Holy Spirit and for a specific purpose. Our life, our growth, our faith, is dependent on us living the Logos first and foremost. When we learn the Word, know the Word, and then speak the Word according to His will through the leading of the Holy Spirit, Rhema is sure to follow – not the instant, feel-good, self-gratification Rhema so many pursue, but the inherent Rhema that God Himself watches over in order to fulfill.
In seeking after the semblance of power in the ‘prophetic,’ we deny ourselves the foundational, life-changing power that God Himself has breathed into His Word.
Lord, I thank You for the revelation of Your Word. I thank you for the awesome gift of Your breath, Your Spirit, your life-giving power in each and every Word. Help me to seek after what is written, to surrender myself to your will, and to live in Your Word so that You may effect what You desire in me through your eternal, unchanging, transforming truth.