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The utterances of God, especially as revealed in Scripture. This may take the form of commands or promises. The term can also refer to Jesus Christ as the incarnate Word of God.

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The word of God revealed as law

God has made his commands and requirements known

Psalm 147:19 NIV
He has revealed his word to Jacob, his laws and decrees to Israel.
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God’s law is to be obeyed

Deuteronomy 30:14 NIV
No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.
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Examples of disobedience and its consequences

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The word of God as prophecy

The prophets spoke the words of God

; ; God’s prophetic word came to Israel with varying frequency.
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Prophetic introductory formulae

“The word of the Lord came to ...”:

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“Hear the word of the Lord”:

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“This is what the Lord says”:

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Prophetic predictions fulfilled

1 Kings 12:15 NIV
So the king did not listen to the people, for this turn of events was from the Lord, to fulfill the word the Lord had spoken to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah the Shilonite.
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The word “against” a people, indicating judgment

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True prophecy is inspired by God

2 Peter 1:20–21 NIV
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
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A true prophet hears from God

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The prophetic word is to be heeded

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The word of God as Scripture

Scripture is the written word of God

Daniel 9:2 NIV
in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.
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NT writings are classified as Scripture


Scripture is inspired and true


The foundational importance of Scripture

It must not be distorted or changed:

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It is to be read publicly:


It is to be meditated upon:

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It is the test of orthodoxy:

Matthew 22:29 NIV
Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.

It is the basis for preaching:

It sets the limit of authoritative doctrine.

Jesus Christ as the incarnate Word of God

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh

John 1:1 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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Jesus Christ speaks the Father’s words

John 8:40 NIV
As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do such things.
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Jesus Christ’s words have sovereign power

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The gospel as the word of God

It was preached by Jesus Christ

Mark 2:2 NIV
They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
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It was preached by the first Christians

1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV
And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is indeed at work in you who believe.
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It leads to numerical and spiritual growth within the church

; ; ; ; ; Paul stresses that the preached word is not merely a verbal message but a dynamic power which achieves things.

It must be preached


Descriptions of God’s word

It is true:


It is flawless:


It is infallible:

It is obeyed by angels.

It is eternal:

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It is sweet and delightful; It is exalted above all things; It is irrevocable; It is the sword of the Spirit; It is not chained; It is living and active; It is living and enduring.

Comparisons of the word of God with everyday things


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a hammer; a two-edged sword

The word of God has power

It is active

The Hebrew for “word” can also mean “action” or “deed”. This indicates that God’s word is active.

It brings about creation

Psalm 33:6 NIV
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
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It governs and maintains the created order

Hebrews 1:3 NIV
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
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It gives life

Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV
He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.
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It consecrates secular things

“the word of God and prayer” probably means “scriptural prayer”; i.e., on the basis of scriptural teaching the believer offers thanksgiving and prayer.

It restrains from evil


It heals and rescues

Psalm 107:20 NIV
He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.

It has power to save

James 1:21 NIV
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
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It brings about the growth of the kingdom of God

Matthew 13:23 NIV
But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

It builds up the saints

Acts 20:32 NIV
“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
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