THE RHEMA OF GOD
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
There are two primary Greek words that describe Scripture which are translated word in the New Testament. The first, logos, refers principally to the total inspired Word of God and to Jesus, who is the living Logos.
The second primary Greek word that describes Scripture is “Rhema”, which refers to a word that is spoken and means “an utterance.” A Rhema is a verse or portions of Scripture that the Holy Spirit brings to our attention with application to a current situation or need for direction.
The following passages of Scripture give examples of the logos of God:
- “In the beginning was the Word (logos), and the Word (logos) was with God, and the Word (logos) was God” (John 1:1)
- “The seed is the word (logos) of God” (Luke 8:11)
- “Holding forth the word (logos) of God” (Philippians 2:16)
- “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word (logos) of truth” (2 Corinthians 2:15)
- “For the word (logos) of God is quick, and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12)
- “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word (logos) of God, which liveth and abideth forever” (1 Peter 1:23).
The following passages of Scripture provide insight into the Rhema of God:
- “So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word (Rhema) of God (Romans 10:17)
- “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word (Rhema) of God” (Ephesians 6:17)
- “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word (Rhema)” (Ephesians 5:25-26)
- “If ye abide in me, and my words (Rhema) abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7)
As a new creation in Christ Jesus, you’ve been endued with power to turn any situation around in your favor. You were endowed with power the moment you received the Holy Spirit into your life. “But ye shall receive power, after the Holy Ghost is come upon you” (Acts 1:8). That power is the dynamic ability to cause change.
God has given us a life of glory and power in Christ Jesus. Through the Holy Spirit we have been infused with supernatural power to effect positive changes in our lives and in our circumstances.
The choice of words in Scripture is very important because except you understand God’s exact communication, you can’t apply His words to your personal life.
The word “power” derives from the Greek word “dunamis” which means power or ability to effect change. It refers to miracle-working ability: the ability to make supernatural things happen. IT ALSO MEANS THE POWER OF EXCELLENCE.
You received this supernatural power and ability when you received the Holy Spirit; a special ability to perform! This supernatural power for excellence is for you to effect changes in you now.
You’re not ordinary. You’re not to be a victim of the adverse circumstances and situations of life because you are anointed. With the anointing of the Holy Spirit in you, you can change anything that is not consistent with the will, purpose and plan of God for you.
“And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). The Greek rendering for “Word” in this verse is “Rhema” and it means the spoken Word of God for the “Now”. It is God’s specific Word to you, at a specific time, for a purpose.
It is trusting God for inspiration, insights, and understanding of Word.
In Greek, the Word Rhema means “an utterance” therefore, the Rhema word speaks to a believer. A Rhema word is received while reading the Bible about something that applies to a current situation or need. In essence, the Rhema word is timely and extremely valuable in a Christian’s walk with God.
In 2 Timothy 3:16, the Apostle Paul says that God inspired the writer of the Bible. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and, is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
With this understanding, Christians can count on the written words contained in the Bible to have deep and personal meaning to their lives, and it is the Holy Spirit who enlightens believers when reading a scripture with the goal of imparting wisdom, knowledge or understanding in order to have an immediate impact. This is a great promise of God, that He is with us when we read His Word and He is able to make His words come alive in our hearts.
Matthew Chapter 4 is an excellent example of the importance of the Rhema word. Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry. Now when the devil came to Him, he said “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread. “But Jesus answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (Rhema) that proceeds from the mouth of God. “In John 6:63 Jesus confirmed this point when He said “The Words (Rhema) that I speak to you are Spirit and they are Life.
Through daily reading of God’s Word which is referred to as the “Logos”. Christians will have knowledge of God and be able to memorize scripture and to offer to non-believers the truth that it is written. But in addition to that God wants to speak to His people and provide insight beyond human understanding. With the help of the Holy Spirit portions of Scripture that were once words on a page will become Rhema. They will have great significance and offer supernatural guidance, comfort, answers and assurances.
It’s the Word of God in your mouth for the moment, concerning you or anything that you’re directing it at. The Word in your mouth is the sword of the Spirit.
The Greek word for “mouth” is “stoma” and it means the front or edge of a weapon. Literally it means the front of a sword. In Revelations 1:16, the Apostle John describes the son of man saying “out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword”.
Jesus doesn’t have a physical sword protruding out of His mouth. The Word He speaks is the sword of the spirit. After you’ve deliberately and consciously meditated on the scriptures, the Word that comes out of your mouth becomes the Word of the Spirit with which you cut the enemy in pieces. When you face crisis in life, practice meditation and when you receive that “Rhema Word” from the Spirit, speak it over and over against the situation.
Some people find it difficult to believe the Gospel because it’s so simple. What they haven’t realized is that the power of the Word of God is in its simplicity. It’s full of dynamic power.
As a child of God you are not of this world, though you’re in the world. You’ve been chosen out of the world (John 15:19) Therefore, refuse to be influenced by the system of this world which is ran by Satan.
When you have the opportunity to hear and receive God’s Word, go for it voraciously and apply it to your life. Acting on the Words is the only way to affect kingdom realities in your personal life and live from glory to glory. You have to make the effort to act on God’s Word. Don’t ignore the Word; use it for your benefit. The blessings in the Word of God are for the doers of the Word.
There are those who ignorantly act in worldly wisdom; and the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God.
With today’s technology, you can play or listen to God’s Word, loading it into your spirit on the go, through various media formats. As the Word gets into your spirit, mutter it or shew it forth as you’re stirred in your spirit. At that moment, the words you speak become the active or creative word. The creative Word is powerful and produces results.
If you find yourself in a predicament or in a precarious situation, you don’t have to give up or give in. There’s power in you to affect a change. You don’t need to go around looking for help or seeking power from place to place; the power you need is already inside you. The Holy Spirit is the power of God and the power-giver and He lives in you in His fullness! Therefore, you’re full of power. You can do anything and change anything through the power of God’s Word.