HANDOUT PART ONE
When I say “The Word of God” what springs instantly to mind?
1 Samuel 3:1,7,19-21
Acts 6:7; 12:24; 13:49; 19:20
1 Thessalonians 2:8-13
Hebrews 4:12; 13:7
How do we make sense of the various ways “God’s Word” is spoken of?
The Three-Fold Word
Martin Luther: “Tis a right excellent thing, that every honest pastor’s and preacher’s mouth is Christ’s mouth, and his word and forgiveness is Christ’s word and forgiveness… For the office is not the pastor’s or preacher’s but God’s; and the Word which he preacheth is likewise not the pastor’s and preacher’s but God’s.”
John Calvin: “When a man has climbed up into the pulpit… it is [so] that God may speak to us by the mouth of a man.”
The Second Helvetic Confession (Heinrich Bullinger): “The Preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God. Wherefore when this Word of God is now preached in the church by preachers lawfully called, we believe that the very Word of God is proclaimed and received by the faithful.”
Matthew 10:40; Luke 10:16 – From Father to Son to Church to world with divine authority!
When are my words God’s words?
When Christ is proclaimed biblically.
If this is true, how will it affect the manner
in which we conduct our word ministry?