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The Word

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When the Word of The Lord came to a prophet, is it then for every believer?

Isaiah 13 says the message given is about the destruction of Babylon. Do we have a hard time accepting that this prophecy, given by God, contained within the Scriptures of God, isn’t prophetically declaring our destruction? Why then do we have such a hard time accepting that the Law given to Moses for the Israelites, was FOR the Israelites?

Because we have been grafted into Israel? Actually, the point at which are grafted in is Abraham (not Moses) and it is regarding a promise, not the Law (read Romans 11 and Galatians 3 carefully).

For those wanting all believers to follow Law & Torah, I often see Scripture quoted and everywhere the word “Word” is, the word “Law” has been put instead. And often the word “Torah” also.

Are you really sure that Rev. 22:
7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed are those who obey the words of prophecy written in this book.” (The book of Revelation is neither Law nor Torah) is not also the “Word” of God included in the following verses?

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

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Heb. 4:12

But the word of the Lord remains forever. And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.
1 Pet. 1:25

God can mean whatever He wants when He says “Word”.

Sometimes it’s Law, other times Torah, other times prophecy, other times the Good News as in 1 Pet. 1:25, and sometimes anything that passes from the heart or mouth of God. And even other times it is a Person.

To focus on the Law & Torah is to intellectualize a Person…God is entirely bigger than our best guess of Him and that is why the great buildup of the initial coming of Jesus is so exceptional and huge. Trying to cram God and our response to Him into the Law & Torah is like trying to cram all His glory into a suitcase…you’ll only fit a tiny bit into it and miss the whole beautiful, unending, inscrutable Person of Him.

My instructions for living come from the living Spirit of Jesus within me who mediates my relationship with my Father and guides me through the Scriptures which He enlivens. The whole of the Old Testament contains many instructions for living, many of which are written on my heart by the living Spirit who teaches and personalized them to whatever wickedness is embedded in my personal heart and trains me toward righteousness.

Maybe others feel comfortable making assumptions about “Word”. I do not. “Word” means what God wants it to mean, not what I or anyone prefers. I won’t claim to have the wisdom or intellect to sort it out, but I do boast in the power and intellect of the Holy Spirit to teach me the mind of Christ as I live through Him.

1 Corinthians 2
Paul’s Message of Wisdom

1When I first came to you, dear brothers and sisters,[j] I didn’t use lofty words and impressive wisdom to tell you God’s secret plan.[k] 2For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the One who was crucified. 3I came to you in weakness–timid and trembling. 4And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. 5I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.
6Yet when I am among mature believers, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world or to the rulers of this world, who are soon forgotten. 7No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God[l]–His plan that was previously hidden, even though He made it for our ultimate glory before the world began. 8But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would not have crucified our glorious Lord. 9That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,

“No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love Him.”[m]

10But[n] it was to us that God revealed these things by His Spirit. For His Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.
13When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.[o] 14But people who aren’t spiritual[p] can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16For,

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach Him?”[q]

But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.