Christ The Word Of God       

Revelation 19:13


     The Lord Jesus Christ is frequently called "the Word of God" in the New Testament (John 1:1; Heb. 4:12; II Pet. 3:5; I John 1:1-2; 5:7; Rev. 19:13). Without question, he is called the Word of God because the Jewish writers, from ancient times, spoke of the Messiah as the Word of God, and the Apostles wanted their countrymen to know that Christ is the Messiah, that he is indeed the Word of God. But this name is given to the Son of God for other reasons too.

     CHRIST IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE HE IS THE SON OF GOD. As a word, whether silent or expressed, is the birth of the mind, the image of it, and equal to it, and yet distinct from it, so Christ is the only begotten of the Father. He is the express image of the invisible God. Indeed, he is God, in all things equal with the Father. Yet, he is a distinct Person in the Holy Trinity (John 1:1).

     CHRIST IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE HE IS THE LIVING WORD OF WHOM THE WRITTEN WORD SPEAKS. Everything recorded in Holy Scripture speaks of Christ. All the Old Testament Scriptures promise him. The four Gospels present him. Acts, the Epistles of the New Testament, and the Book of Revelation proclaim him (Luke 24:27, 44, 45).

     CHRIST IS CALLED THE WORD OF GOD BECAUSE OF THE WORKS ASCRIBED TO HIM. He is the Word of God who spoke for God's elect in the council and covenant of grace before the world began. He spoke for us in the council chambers of the Triune God as our Surety, agreeing to do his Father's will for the accomplishment of our salvation (Psa. 40:6-8; Heb. 10; 5-10). Christ is the Word by whom all things were created. He spoke all things into being out of nothing (John 1:3). As the Word of God, Christ is the Revelation of God's Being and the Interpreter of the Father's mind to us (John 1:18). It is not possible for man to know God except in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Moreover, as the Word of God, Christ is our Advocate with the Father (I John 2:1-2), the One who speaks to God for us and makes intercession on our behalf. It is Christ, the Word of God, by whom we are granted and preserved in eternal life (Heb. 4:12). As in the old creation, so in the new creation of grace, all things have their being by Christ, the Word of God.


Don Fortner