Most people who have listened to sermons have heard the Bible called, at one time or another, the “Living Word.” Have you ever wondered what that means? Surely it does not mean that your Bible comes to life and goes from being an inanimate object to an animate object that lives, breathes and needs nourishment. It can be a difficult concept to grasp that words live. So, how can we better understand this statement?
John 1:1-5 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. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
In John 1:14, we are told that the Word became flesh. This Word was and is Jesus our Christ. When we learn that, John 1:1-5 becomes much clearer. Replace “Word” with “Jesus.”
Furthermore, Romans 8:10 tells us that Christ lives in us, and then Hebrews 4:12 says that the Word of God is living and active. Think about that! God speaks to us through the Bible, His Word. Yet, contained in the Bible is the story of Jesus from the beginning to the end! The Word prophesied, fulfilled in birth, hung on a cross and resurrected. We carry this story with us in our hands, minds and hearts. The Living Word.