3056 LOGOS (329): message. Logos is a written or spoken message or statement, speech in general, a record of activities, an event or a personification of Jesus the Anointed One, as determined by its contextual usage. Unless noted otherwise below, logos is a singular noun.
In God's FCM (NT), logos ("word") is always used figuratively. It never means "a single word." It's usual meaning is an entire statement or message. In English, when someone says, "I'd like to have a 'word' with you," a message or statement is meant, not just "a single word." Logos is used in this sense in Mt.15.23: "But he (Jesus) did not answer her a word (logos)."
The Greek FCM word that means a "single literal word" (usually a spoken word) is rhema (4487). "A writing," or something written is represented by graphe (1124), and "to write" by grapho (1125).
LOGOS AS A MESSAGE OF GOD, JESUS OR THEIR SPOKESMEN:
Jesus stated that God's message (logos) is "truth" (0225 aletheia ): "Purify them in the truth; your own message (logos) is truth (Jn.17.17).
The message of Jesus is also "truth" because it is the same as God's message: "...the message (logos) which you+ hear is not mine, but is of the Father having sent me (Jn.14.24). Also: "I did not speak from myself, but the Father having sent me, he has given me instruction, what I may say and what I may speak" (Jn.12.49).
Paul and others also accurately spoke God's message: "...having received the message (logos) of God, hearing it from us, you+ welcomed [it], not [as] a message (logos) of humans, but as it truly is, a message (logos) of God, which also operates in you+, the trusting ones" (1Th.2.13). Also Gal.1.11-12: "For I make known to you+, brothers, the good news: The good news I announced to you+ is not according to a human; for I did not receive it from a human, nor was I taught, but [received it] through a revelation of Jesus the Anointed One."
The expressions, message (logos) of God, message of the Master (Lord) or message of Jesus, occur about fifty times in the FCM. Here are several of these which declare the scope, significance and accuracy of God's message:
1) God's message enables a human to discern the motives of his own spirit in relationship to the desires of his soul and body: "For the message of God [is] living and operative and sharper than every two- edged sword and passing through as far as division of soul and of spirit, of both joints and marrow, and [is] able to evaluate thoughts and intentions of a heart" (Heb.4.12).
2) First Century A.D. clergy invalidated God's message by teaching their own tradition: "Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, 'Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.' And he answered them and said to them, 'And why do you+ yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your+ tradition? For God said, "Honor your father and mother," and "He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him be put to death." But you say, 'Whoever shall say to [his] father or mother, "Anything of mine you might have been helped by has been given [to God], he is not to honor his father or his mother." 'And [thus] you+ invalidated the message (logos) of God for the sake of your+ tradition'" (Mt.15.1-6).
3) God's inspired message contains everything a godly human needs: "Every God-inspirited writing [is] profitable for teaching, for correction, for restoration [and] for instruction in uprightness, so that God's human may be suitable, equipped for every good work" (2Ti.3.16-17).
4) The message of God is worth dying for: "...I saw under the altar the souls of those having been slain because of the message (logos) of God and because of their testimony" (Rev.6.9).
God's logos includes:
God's message (logos) is comprised of the thirty-nine Hebrew books of the AR (OT) plus the twenty-seven Greek books of the FCM (NT):
1) The above quotations, among others, show that God's message includes all sixty-six of these books and excludes all other writings.
2) God's message includes all information humans need to choose to either serve God or self; that is, choose eternal life or condemnation. Being a just God, he has provided his message since the First Century A.D. in sufficiently accurate form to permit interested humans to make an honest choice.
LOGOS MEANING A SPECIFIC STATEMENT, REMARK OR SAYING:
LOGOS AS A FIGURATIVE SINGLE WORD MEANING A STATEMENT:
LOGOS MEANING, "A QUESTION:" For example, Jesus said, "...I also will ask you+ a question (logos); and you+ tell me, 'Was the immersion of John from heaven or from men?'" (Lk.20.3).
LOGOS AS A STATEMENT BY SOMEONE OTHER THAN GOD OR JESUS:
LOGOS MEANING A SPECIFIC STATEMENT: When plural, logos describes a plurality of statements, as in 2Pe.2.3: "And in greediness they will buy you+ [with] deceptive statements (logos); whose condemnation from long ago does not delay, and their destruction does not rest."
LOGOS AS A FIGURATIVE SINGLE WORD MEANING A STATEMENT: Example: "...only speak the statement (logos), and my servant will be healed" (Mt.8.8).
LOGOS MEANING "A QUESTION:"
LOGOS (SINGULAR), MEANING SPEECH (SPOKEN WORDS): Speech is contrasted to written information, as in 2Th.2.15: "... hold to the traditions which you+ were taught, whether by speech (logos) or through our letter."
LOGOS (SINGULAR); AN ACCOUNT, REPORT OR EXPLANATORY STATEMENT: For example, Php.4.17: "Not that I seek a gift; but I seek the fruit increasing to your account" (logos).
LOGOS (SINGULAR) AN EVENT OR ACTION WITH OR WITHOUT SPEECH: This can be seen in Act.8.21: "You have neither part nor lot in this matter (logos); for your heart is not right before God."
JESUS THE ANOINTED ONE, THE PERSONIFICATION OF GOD'S MESSAGE:
Jesus is God's personal message to humans. He accurately delivered his Father's message to humans, and in a very real sense he personally became the Father's messenger of good news to humans by dying on the cross for humanity. "In [the] beginning, the Message was, and the Message was with God, and the Message was God" (Jn.1.1). "And the Message became flesh and tented among us" (Jn.1.14). Jesus truthfully said, "He that has seen me, has seen the Father" (Jn.14.9).
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