The Word

The apostle John begins his gospel with the wonderful declaration of the divine nature of the Word: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." In Chaldaic this Word was called Memra, and in the Hebrew, Messiah. All of the miracles in the book of Exodus were accredited to this Messiah. It was the Word that created the world; that appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai, to Abraham in the plain of Mamre, and to Jacob at Bethel. In what was called the "Breeches Bible," published more than three hundred years ago, we read, "All things were made by it [the Word] and without it was made nothing that was made. In it was the life, and the life was the light of men." This use of the impersonal "it" conveys more clearly the original meaning of revelation.

Throughout the ages the Word has been given to men in various ways, as they were prepared to receive it. Many scholars believe that it was Apollos who wrote to the Hebrews, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." Notwithstanding the different times, peoples, and places through which the Word has been delivered to men, there is a golden chain, a spiritual unity, in the one grand idea of the final triumph of good in the affairs of men, running through the whole Bible.

The Law of Supply
March 22, 1919

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