Preparing the Bride by Washing (2)

Eph. 5:25-26  “…Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her that He might sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing of the water in the word.” This washing is part of the preparation of New Jerusalem as the bride (Revelation 21:2). In the New Testament the English noun “word” is from either the Greek logos or rhema. In Ephesians 5, “word” is from rhema. The direct washing to remove the spots and wrinkles and to sanctify the church is by the rhema.

Rhema does more than merely conveying information. Here are some results of this kind of word coming to us:

  • Rhema generates faith in us—Romans 10:17, “So faith comes out of hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
  • Rhema brings salvation—Acts 11:14 records that an angel told Cornelius that Peter “will speak words to you by which you shall be saved, you and all your house.”
  • Rhema nourishes us—Matthew 4:4, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out through the mouth of God.’”
  • Rhema sends us to speak for the Lord—Luke 3:2b-3, “the word of God came to John the son of Zachariah in the wilderness. And he came into all the region surrounding the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for forgiveness of sins.”

The Wikipedia article on rhema quotes Christians saying that rhema is “a word from the Word” (a word from Christ, the living Logos) and “an utterance from God to the heart of the reader.” May we open our hearts to the Lord daily for His speaking to us.

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