The Rhema Word of God

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The topic of the rhema word of God is one that does not often come up within Christian circles and is seldom preached from the pulpit nor is it often taught in bible study groups.

In a piece written earlier this month titled Hearing From God  the subject of the rhema was broached, albeit not definitively, and subsequently requests were made for a more in depth piece on the topic.  And here it is.

The biblical evidence for the existence of and even more so the operation of receiving rhema word is overwhelming.

First and foremost it is important to understand what rhema word actually is and what it is not.  Let’s begin with the latter!

Rhema word is not Logos!

Logos is one of the Greek words used and is translated into the English word, word.  Logos literally means “something said”.  For example:

  • (Mat 8:8)  The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word (logos) only, and my servant shall be healed.
  • (Mat 8:16)  When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word (logos), and healed all that were sick:
  • (Mat 13:19)  When any one heareth the word (logos) of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.

We can see clearly through these verses of scriptures that logos is something spoken and something heard.

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(Mat 4:4)  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (rhema) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Rhema word comes from the mouth of God Himself!

Which leads us to an interesting point.  If rhema word comes from the mouth of God and Jesus IS The Word of God, than every word which Jesus has spoken is rhema word.

(Mat 26:75)  And Peter remembered the word (rhema) of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

(Mar 14:72)  And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word (rhema) that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.

(Luk 5:5)  And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word (rhema) I will let down the net.

If then we believe this to be true than every word that Jesus speaks to us today is also rhema word!

Jesus said, speaking to the apostles just before he was betrayed by Judas:

(Joh 16:12)  I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.

(Joh 16:13)  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

(Joh 16:14)  He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Jesus is telling the apostles that there are certain things which He has not told them because they could not bear (bastazō – lift, receive, take up) (understand) what He had yet to say.

Why couldn’t they bear it?

Because the Holy Spirit had not yet come onto them!  Now that’s not to say that spiritual revelation had not sparingly been given from time to time.

(Mat 16:13)  When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?

(Mat 16:14)  And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets.

(Mat 16:15)  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

(Mat 16:16)  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

(Mat 16:17)  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

(Mat 16:18)  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Peter had received rhema word from God!  Even more importantly Jesus said that upon this rock (rhema word) He will build His church!  And that the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  Glory to God!

(Mat 16:19)  And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

Rhema word, according to Strong’s, is defined as an utterance.  In biblical terms utterance is given by the Holy Spirit.

(Act 2:4)  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

(1Co 1:4)  I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

(1Co 1:5)  That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

(1Co 1:6)  Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

(1Co 1:7)  So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

(1Co 1:8)  Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Corinthians Paul is telling us we “are enriched by Him, in ALL utterance and in ALL  knowledge.  Here is the key: EVEN AS the testimony of Christ was confirmed IN YOU!

How is the testimony of Christ confirmed in us?

(Joh 15:26)  But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

(Joh 15:27)  And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.

The Holy Spirit testifies of Jesus to us (rhema) then we can bear witness (logos) because it has been revealed to us by the Holy Spirit.

(2Co 8:7)  Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.

These are all things given to us, in abundance, from God supernaturally!

(Eph 6:18)  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

(Eph 6:19)  And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

(Eph 6:20)  For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

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(Col 4:2)  Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

(Col 4:3)  Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

(Col 4:4)  That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

Note: no this is not speaking of speaking in tongues as many profess.  But that’s a whole other study!

This is God opening a door to their understanding by giving them rhema word by which he could speak the mystery of Christ for which he was imprisoned.  Paul did not become imprisoned for speaking in tongues.  He was imprisoned because the Pharisees did not  understand the gospel of Christ.  It was heresy to them because the eyes of their understanding had not been spiritually opened.  Only God can do that through His Holy Spirit.  Jesus was a mystery to them!  This truth is made evident in Ephesians 6:19.

So we see that when God opens His mouth, for lack of a better term, Jesus speaks and what He says is confirmed by the Holy Spirit.

dividerThe Manifestation of Rhema Word

Perhaps the most obvious difference between rhema word and logos is the manifestation of that word in our lives.

Logos, for all intent and purposes, is second hand information which enlightens us.  Rhema word on the other hand has an immediate impact on our lives.

(Heb 4:12)  For the word (logos) of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discern-er of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

In this example we see the term “the word (logos) of God” being used.  The word logos is used  to describe the attributes of God’s word and not how it manifests itself.  If it were to read “God said His word is quick” the word rhema would have been used.

If you remember back in Matthew 26:75 and Mark 14:72 Peter wept when he “remembered” and “brought to mind” “the word (rhema) of Jesus” and “the word (rhema) that Jesus said unto him, respectively.

In Luke 5:5 Simon “let down the net” at the word (rhema) of Jesus.

So we see that when rhema word is spoken and heard there is an immediate response to that word because it is spirit.

(Joh 6:63)  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words (rhema) that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

(Joh 15:7)  If ye abide in me, and my words (rhema) abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Jesus claims:  “the rhema” that I speak onto you, they are spirit and they are life and if His “rhema” abides in us that what we will shall be done.

Rhema word produces results.  It gets down into our spirits and manifests itself in some kind of action.  Logos on the other hand tends to reach us intellectually and not spiritually.

How may people do you know who can quote the entire bible chapter and verse yet they are among the most spiritually dead people you have ever met?   This is because they have a whole lotta logos and not much rhema word within them!

(Mat 4:4)  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (rhema) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Because of the nature of rhema word it’s impact is only manifested in the spiritual man (the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing).  It manifests deep within us and it is so profound that it causes some type immediate of reaction or action.

dividerIn Closing

The apostles were told by Jesus that they needed the Holy Spirit to Guide them onto ALL truth, Teach them ALL things, bring ALL that he said to their remembrance and Show them the things to come, to name a few.

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The apostle Peter writes:

(1Pe 4:11)  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles (logion – UTTERANCE) of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

The theme of utterance runs throughout this study.

When a minister of the gospel of Christ (this means us – 2 Cor 3:6) speaks (preaches or teaches) he or she should do so under the anointing of the Holy Spirit.   When we do so those who we are speaking to “hear” the words of this person we are hearing rhema word just as Jesus spoke!

It should not be us doing the speaking it should be God speaking through us!

This is something which is available to every Christian believer but we have to empty ourselves of ourselves and become empty vessels as Jesus was.  Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit who speaks not of Himself rather only what He hears from God himself (John 16:13).

(Joh 12:49)  For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.

(Joh 12:50)  And I know that his commandment (the commandment of speaking rhema word or what He tells us to speak) is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

Jesus is setting the example of how we are to speak!

Lastly brothers and sisters I leave you this as food for thought:

(Mat 12:36)  But I say unto you, That every idle word (rhema) that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

We will give account for every idle (argos – inactive)  rhema word in the day of judgment.  That is to say we will be questioned why we did not speak the words that God had given us to speak and spoke our own words instead.

(Mat 12:37)  For by thy words (logos) thou shalt be justified, and by thy words (logos) thou shalt be condemned.

We will be condemned for speaking our own words (for by thy words) in the flesh rather than speaking God’s words in the spirit.

May God Richly Bless You All with His Rhema word in the name of Jesus.  Amen!

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  1. I was seeking for answers to questions I had about the Rhema words of God. This has been a tremendous help to me. May God continue to richly bless you!!

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