Last week, we learned that God's logos is the full expression of His rational thought. He communicates by speaking and writing, through prophets, through creation, and through His Son. As we will find out in coming weeks, everything is summed up in God's Son, Jesus, as He is the full expression of God's logos.
God's credibility is directly related to the credibility of his communication. If God lies, or says, "I forgot," or "I didn't mean that," then His very being and character are questioned. Therefore, when God speaks, writes, creates, or acts, everything is consistent because God cannot lie, contradict Himself, be tempted by sin, or violate His own character.
Because we are made in the image of God, we should be consistent with our communication just as God is. This is one way that we, as Christ-followers, are to be different from others.
An important aspect of God's language is His spoken word or statements, His Rhema. Today, Pastor Miles covered three characteristics of God's Rhema.
1. God is never separated from His Rhema. John 1:1-2, Jeremiah 23:23-24
When God says something, He is never separated from His words. Pastor Miles' voice goes out from the pulpit, and it goes into your ears via speakers, video, a CD, the internet, or the radio, but his voice and his words are always separated from his person.
God is His word, so how could He be separated from Himself? He can't. He speaks something, He's not going anywhere; we can't escape it because He doesn't forget, He doesn't change, and He doesn't leave.
I'm sure you can think of a time that someone has told you, "You said ______," and your response is "No, I didn't say that!" Or maybe you responded with, "Oh, yeah, I forgot!" or "I can't believe I said that," or "No, that's not me. I wouldn't have said that." We distance ourselves from our own words, but God never does. He says something, and He stays with it.
John 1:1-2 says, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. God is His word, so how could He be separated from Himself? He can't. He speaks something, He's not going anywhere; we can't escape it because He doesn't forget, He doesn't change, and He doesn't leave.
2. God's Rhema represents His intent to act. Genesis 1:3, 9, 11, Psalm 33:6-10, Isaiah 55:8-11, 1 Kings 8:24, Ezekiel 12:25
Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. Genesis 1:3
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33: 6, 9
When God used his voice to express a claim or a desire, it happens, because His words have the intent and the power to do things. Not everything God says is intended to happen in that very moment, but without fail, it will happen. If He says he's coming back to get you, forgive you, and protect you, He will. He can't be separated from His own promises.
For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Romans 11:29
3. That which God's Rhema creates never stops speaking. Psalm 19:1-11, Luke 19:37-4
When God speaks something or someone into creation or reality, that thing, person, or occurrence is designed to honor Him and give Him glory. The universe is filled with wonders that are undeniably awesome, all pointing as evidence to the incredible glory and power of God the Creator.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
God created you to honor Him. If He is telling you to be, do, or say something, it is because the desired result honors Him. When we hear God speak into our hearts or our lives, we respond to His revelation by glorifying Him. Pastor Miles reminded us all that one way to speak back and honor God is by joining a ministry. Your service to others glorifies the Lord!