The First and Final Word

First and Final Word John 1:1

He spoke the universe into being. The first word! Then, he sent his Son, to have the final word. This month we are going to concentrate on the Word of God.  I have decided that if I’m going to focus on what God says in his word, then it might be a good idea to also see what God has to say about his word. We will look at many of the things God tells us his word is and does.

From my study, I find there are two different Greek words for God’s word used. The first use is Logos. This is the word we will study for week 1. The second is hagah. The verb hagah means to ponder or look internally. This is really what happens when we study God’s word, and I’ve discovered, that’s exactly what God wants us to do.

Here’s the list, then we will look further at the verse for Week 32 which is this first week of August.

Week 1

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1 (NLT)

Week 2

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.  Joshua 1:8 (NLT)

Week 3

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)

Week 4

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.  James 1:22 (NLT)

Digging Deeper

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  John 1:1 (NLT)

God created the world. This is Logos. Logos expresses an idea that gains concrete expression. Jesus is the Logos in that he is the final word in God’s redemption story. He shows us God in physical form, much like the Father, Son and Holy Spirit hovered over the deep and spoke, logos again, the world into being.

For years as I read John 1:1 it confused me. I was thinking Word…as in human words. But clearly, God’s word is nothing like human words. As I’ve studied the concept of God’s words I’ve learned that the word is many things: Here are just a few:

  • Truth
  • Powerful
  • Eternal
  • A Shield of Protection
  • Trustworthy
  • Wise
  • Life-giving/Salvation/Life Changing
  • With us

And then there is the list of things we are told to do with God’s word.

  • Believe it
  • Obey it
  • Teach it
  • Delight in it
  • Meditate upon it
  • Trust it

If you skip on down to John 1:14, John goes on to say:  “So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” This is Logos again, and that word translated as home, means tent, as in the tabernacle that was also filled with God’s glory! God always ties everything up so neatly. He had the first word, and he will have the last.

If that doesn’t make you want to spend time in God’s word, I can’t imagine what will! Won’t you join me this week as we meditate on God’s mighty word so that we can gain the benefits it offers?

Here’s a printable version of this month’s verses. I hope you will print these out or write them down or both so that you can spend some time pondering these verses.

Memory Tip

Try setting an alarm to remind you to ponder your verse this week. If your life is like mine, I get busy and forget things. An alarm makes me take a few minutes to refocus.

Author: Loretta Gjeltema

Encouraging women to thrive as they engage with God's word.

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