Just like there are many believers in Jesus the Christ who scoff at other believers in Jesus the Christ who have had Holy Spirit experiences that the scoffers have not had, like “falling in the Spirit,” “speaking in tongues,” and “performing miracles, signs and wonders,” there also are many believers in Jesus the Christ who scoff at other believers in Jesus the Christ who preach and teach about a LOGOS and a RHEMA Word of God. These scoffers fail to believe that there is a difference between the Word of God (LOGOS—that which gives general knowledge, general understanding and general wisdom about God) and the Word of God (RHEMA—that which God uses to impart His supernatural, post-resurrection Faith into a believer’s heart so that he or she then could be spiritually reborn, cleansed, saved, and justified, with the Spirit of Life living inside a believer, equipping him or her so that a believer is ready to receive spiritual insights about LOGOS, including that LOGOS which pertains to a believer’s specific circumstances). Furthermore, to prove that they (the scoffers) are right about there being no difference between LOGOS and RHEMA, they resort to the name-calling methods of hatefully labeling the people, who preach and teach this difference, as false teachers, false preachers, liars, heretics, deceivers, and so forth.
Be that as it may, the truth is that in the Greek language of the New Testament, there are two terms for WORD (Word of God), and those terms are LOGOS and RHEMA. Now, certainly, most people understand that in the English language there usually is only one term, yet that one term often has more than one denotation and/or connotation, like the noun “love.” However, in contrast, the Greek language is more exact, having precise terms that fit specifically expressed meanings. For example, in the Greek language, the noun “love” is either Agape (godly love), or Eros (sexual, emotional love), or Philos (brotherly love), or Storge (familial, motherly love), or Mania (obsessive, addictive love). Because “love,” for the Greeks, has these various meanings, in the Greek New Testament the precise Greek term is used to communicate the kind of “love” being expressed in scriptural verses.
For the above reasons, believers should keep in mind that God is the One who makes the distinction between LOGOS and RHEMA, because in His inspired Word He is the One who uses both LOGOS and RHEMA. For sure God knows that LOGOS is the God has “said” or has “spoken” Word, and RHEMA is the God “is speaking” or “is saying” Word. The point here is that even though every Word of God is God-breathed and, thus, God-inspired, the main reason why most believers do not get the deeper more spiritual meanings of His Word is because the Holy Spirit has not quickened and illuminated any scriptural verses for them so that these believers could receive the correct spiritual meanings that God wants these believers to apply in their daily walk with the Lord.
Consequently, it is important for believers to understand the difference between the two terms for WORD (Word of God): LOGOS and RHEMA. Now, LOGOS is Jesus the Christ, Who is the Living LOGOS (Living Word). LOGOS also is the entire spoken Word of God—the Mind of God, as revealed in the God-breathed, God-inspired Holy Bible (Old and New Testaments). The Apostle John supports these definitions of LOGOS, for he says:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14, KJV)
Put differently, LOGOS (the written Word of God) is a comprehensive survey, in that in every book of the Holy Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, the readers are provided basic information about God and THE WORD (Jesus the Christ)!
For this last reason, when people read LOGOS (the written Word of God), they only receive surface knowledge, surface understanding, and surface wisdom about God, His Son, His Holy Spirit, and God’s promises. Without a doubt, no one receives the deeper spiritual meanings and applications of God’s Word, just by reading LOGOS, because in LOGOS God has said that even believers need the Holy Spirit to illuminate the deeper mysteries of God that are hidden within LOGOS (cf. 1 Corinthians 2:10-14). Consequently, even the God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith, which comes from hearing RHEMA (cf. Romans 10:17), also cannot be received just by reading LOGOS, because if it could then everyone, both sinners and saints, would have this God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith—would have the measure of Faith that renews, cleanses, saves, and justifies!
Therefore, generally knowing, understanding, and having wisdom about God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in no way could mean that LOGOS and RHEMA are the same, because the read and/or preached LOGOS doesn’t always become RHEMA. The Divine Truth is that, even though LOGOS is given to everybody (to anyone who would read or listen to the preached LOGOS), RHEMA only is given to the believer who is waiting on the Holy Spirit to quicken and illuminate every read and/or preached portion of LOGOS, because only the Holy Spirit’s supernatural workings can turn LOGOS into a personal RHEMA for a believer (i.e., make the LOGOS spiritually alive and spiritually insightful for a child of God)!
That’s why RHEMA is the Word God IS speaking! RHEMA is when LOGOS, the God “spoken” Word, becomes RHEMA—the Word God IS Speaking to a particular individual. RHEMA is a verse or larger portion of LOGOS that the Holy Spirit quickens and then brings to a believer’s attention through illumination. Next, He applies that verse or larger portion of LOGOS to that specific believer’s current circumstance(s), or to his or her need for direction or clarity. Jesus the Christ supports these definitions of RHEMA, when He says: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4, KJV). The Lord is saying that RHEMA is EVERY WORD that God IS speaking, either directly or indirectly, to someone. In other words, RHEMA is spiritual FOOD, a specific Word spoken to a specific person who is in a specific situation, like Jesus the Christ was, when He was in the wilderness and the devil was tempting Him!
Because RHEMA is spiritual food (spiritual insights) spoken to someone, it stands to reason that this someone must be born from above, cleansed, saved, and justified. This last statement means that the person who receives spiritually insightful RHEMA first must have received the God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith that renews, cleanses, saves and justifies. Now, according to Apostle Paul, this God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith ONLY comes through the foolishness of preaching (cf. 1 Corinthians 1:18, 21; Ephesians 2:4-8; Romans 5:1; and Luke writes about Faith that cleanses in Acts 15:9).
About this God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith, the apostle also says: “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, KJV). In this verse, the Greek term RHEMA is the equivalent of the English term “word.” Thus, there can be no doubt that the God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith will cause the preached LOGOS to become RHEMA (become that God “is speaking” Word), which will lead not only to the new birth that takes place in every believer’s spirit but also to every believer’s salvation/justification. There also can be no doubt that this same God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith will cause any born from above and justified believer to receive the Holy Spirit’s animated and enlightened RHEMA, which conveys deeper spiritual insights and their vital spiritual applications to every believer who is waiting on the Holy Spirit to quicken and illuminate the read and/or preached LOGOS.
That’s why once certain verses or longer portions of LOGOS have come alive and personal (have become RHEMA) to a believer, the Holy Spirit then not only is able to burn that RHEMA into that believer’s soul (make that RHEMA indelible, impossible to remove, unforgettable) but also He is able to help that believer know that this RHEMA unequivocally applies to his or her specific situation(s). For this last reason, when God gives RHEMA for His children to act upon, He often confirms that RHEMA by providing a second RHEMA. The Apostle Paul supports this last statement when he writes that in “…the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word [RHEMA] be established” (2 Corinthians 13:1, KJV; the parenthetical emphasis is this writer’s).
Furthermore, Jesus the Christ also declares that: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words [RHEMAS] that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63, KJV; again the parenthetical emphasis is this writer’s). Here, Jesus the Christ, the Living LOGOS, is saying that His RHEMAS, the words that He, the Living LOGOS, is speaking to His disciples, must be spiritually understood, and so should the eternal life His RHEMAS promise. In essence, THE LOGOS is speaking RHEMAS by uttering Old and New Testament portions of LOGOS that have been quickened (made alive) and illuminated by the Holy Spirit. Without a doubt, the Lord is saying that even His RHEMAS are really the Lord, through the aid of the Holy Spirit, ministering THE LOGOS (Himself . . . THE GOSPEL) to them.
Taking into consideration all of the above, it now should be clear to believers that the God-given Faith that comes from hearing RHEMA, which God IS speaking to them, also will prompt believers to receive salvation, the Holy Spirit’s supernatural power to perform miracles, signs and wonders, and His supernatural experiences like “falling in the Spirit,” “speaking in tongues,” and so forth (see Luke 1:37, KJV; also see Hebrews 1:3). Please note that in the King James Version of Luke 1:37, “nothing” is the Greek word RHEMA (that which is being uttered); hence, the sense in this verse is that NO RHEMA (no thing) is void of God’s supernatural power, because no thing (NO RHEMA . . . nothing) God is speaking is impossible for God to accomplish!
Having said that, it is important to note here that since the Holy Spirit of God (the Spirit of Life) is the ONE who quickens dead sinners’ spirits, then perhaps the real reason why so many people who call themselves Christians never have had the Holy Spirit’s supernatural power to perform miracles, signs and wonders, and/or never have experienced His supernatural “falling in the Spirit” or “speaking in tongues” handiwork might be because they also have not heard that extraordinary RHEMA that produces the God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith in them. Surely, this God-kind of supernatural, post-resurrection Faith, which works together with God’s Grace and the Holy Spirit to give new life, salvation/justification, spiritual gifts, supernatural power, and supernatural authority to those who believe in Jesus the Christ, ONLY comes from hearing RHEMA—from hearing a God IS SPEAKING Word!
Lastly, there definitely is a difference between LOGOS and RHEMA. God certainly speaks continuously to His children through His LOGOS, giving them spiritual insights into His LOGOS, but God does so ONLY by way of His Holy Spirit, rather than with the help of anyone’s intellect, book knowledge, higher education, talents, and so forth. In other words, ALL believers need God’s Holy Spirit to make certain passages stand out with significant spiritual meanings and imperative spiritual applications for their lives. These key passages that have spiritually important meanings and spiritually essential applications for believers’ lives are the RHEMAS (the manifold “is speaking” Word) of LOGOS (the “said” Word, as presented in the Holy Bible), and these RHEMAS should be experienced daily by every believer.