In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The word logos itself has powerful universal meanings such as thought, principles, and speech but the most significant is that it is regarded as the mind of God. Logos is that out of which all of life flows.
Far too often today we have reduced the name of Jesus to someone whom we possess. Listen to some, not all, of the praise songs and one is left with a similar feeling one has when falling in love with another human being.
In the word logos are all the attributes of God made manifest in Christ. He has been with God eternally. Through the logos life was created. When Satan cast darkness over all of creation, Christ was the eternal light that came into the world to show the world the price of darkness and to manifest the light of God.
There is a Norwegian expression, tiden går og vi går med den, "Time goes and we go with it." The relentless changes that take place in time will one day become two kingdoms that will be forever as they are, the kingdom of hell and the kingdom of heaven. Every promise that the Word of God has made concerning these kingdoms will be fixed for all eternity. The visions the Apostle John recorded in the book of Revelation testify to the promises that God has made to His chosen people. These words, John writes, of Him who is the first and the last, who died and came to life again. John comforts the people in the churches of Ephesus and Smyrna by telling them to listen to the words of the angel of the churches.
John writes that these are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. So don’t be afraid of what might happen to you in this period of time you have to suffer through while here on earth. Satan will speak through his disciples and slander those who believe. Do not be afraid if they make you suffer and put you in prison.
“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”
Let the spirit speak to you. Now was this spirit the Spirit of Christ or real angels that spoke to the churches? That’s a very interesting question. The Greek word “angelos” means messenger. We tend to think of this as something supernatural. But John the Baptist was called an angelos.
And a pastor of a congregation is considered a messenger, too. Probably the meaning to the word angelos means just that, messengers called by Christ to bring the Good News of salvation.
When John tells us that the “stars” are held in Jesus’ “right hand” that perhaps means that while still in time, Christ Himself will protect, uphold and guide those He calls to be leaders of the one true church on earth and keep it in union through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Στην αρχή ήταν ο Λόγος και ο Λόγος ήταν με τον Θεό και ο Λόγος ήταν ο Θεός. These words in Koine Greek come from the first chapter of the Gospel of John. It is a verse often quoted because of the meaning of the Word, Λόγος. This Word is the living presence of God in the three persons. When you hold a Bible in your hands, it’s not the words on the page but God's presence made known to us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Logos is not easy to understand. That is why the word, logos, has produced an endless amount of theological literature. One of the contributions of Martin Luther to this word, logos, is that it is the language of the Bible as the living message to human beings at the same time as it is a spontaneous confession on the part of the child of faith.
The logos is God"s presence in us. It is a spiritual life lived out through faith in the Word preached, the sacraments given, the prayers made to God, and the fellowship of Christians confessing one faith. It is a whole new language of relationship lived in the presence of God.
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