“So you think you are smarter than the church fathers?”
Our Twitter page is called “wordlifejournal”. This is not short for Word of Life, because there already is such a movement, and with which we have no association. A good defining explanation is that ‘word’ and ‘life’ are the same. In New Testament Greek, there are two words used for word: Logos and rhema. Simply, logos is written, while rhema is spoken.
Now, which word applies to wordlife? I’m thinking that a Twitter-context lends most easily for rhema. Rhema speaks like Twitter tweets. We are not to change our name, we can’t and won’t do that; but it helps to define word by what it does. And this brings us to the truth. Because logos words are true and written, they don’t change. Rhema words are different.
Rhema words are true, but they are anointed to carry the truth to different places–more than books can. So, reading the logos words from the printed book–out loud, become rhema words from the reader’s mouth. Same words, differ in form. Now after truth is timing. Not every living ear is open to hear the truth spoken, nor living eye open to see. But truth is alive.
TRUTH IS ALIVE AND ACTIVE FOR A PURPOSE
Which came first, the bible or the church? I heard today that Authority sits on a three-legged stool. First leg is tradition (rhema), second is authoritative teaching (magisterium), and third is Scripture (logos). Because we understand that scripture is all truth, but not all truth is scripture. Now we can see how God formed the church by tradition to enable the church to form the scripture. (2 Thessalonians 2:15) [CatholicAnswers.com]
“For the word of God is quick (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 KJV)
2 Timothy 3:16, “All Scripture is God-breathed given by divine inspiration and is profitable for instruction, for conviction of sin, for correction of error and restoration to obedience, for training in righteousness learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage.” (AMP) [BibleGateway.com]
Our mission then, is to briefly share the truth, from living words, logos and rhema, in the confines of the Ekklesia (The Church) with authority (magisterium) so that more ears and eyes can hear and see this and begin believing. As faith comes from hearing, faith seeks understanding. Remember, mercy and truth find favor and good understanding. (Ro 10:17; Pr 3:4)
Oh, and let us not forget Jesus’ words: (John 5:39-47 AMP)
“You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those very Scriptures that testify about Me; and still you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. I do not receive glory and approval from men; but I know you and recognize that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name and with His power, and you do not receive Me because your minds are closed; but if another comes in his own name and with no authority or power except his own, you will receive him and give your approval to an imposter. How can you believe in Me, when you seek and receive glory and approval from one another, and yet you do not seek the glory and approval which comes from the one and only God? Do not think that I am the One who will accuse you before the Father. There already is one who accuses you: Moses, the very one in whom you have placed your hope for salvation. For if you believed and relied on the Scriptures written by Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote about Me personally. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (Biblegateway.com)
“THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK TO YOU, THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE” (John 6:63, Biblegateway.com)
“Man shall not live (LIFE) by bread alone, but by every WORD (from the mouth) of God shall man live.” (Mt. 4:4; Lk. 4:4; De. 8:3)[biblehub.com]