Preparing the Bride by Washing (3)

This post continues on New Jerusalem “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2) by “the washing of the water in the word” (Ephesians 5:26).

We have the Bible and we hold the Bible as the complete, revealed word of God. The whole Bible is logos—the unchanging word of God. In our experience, rhema is any word from the Bible that causes our heart to turn away from self and toward the Lord.

In Matthew 13:13-15 the Lord spoke about the Jews seeing yet not seeing, hearing but not understanding. They saw His works and heard His words, but nothing changed them. He described the root cause of their dullness as “the heart of this people has become fat.” They had the entire Old Testament as logos and knew it factually, but because of their hard heart nothing became rhema to them. This was not a new condition at the Lord’s time, so He repeated Isaiah’s word, “This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart stays far away from Me” (Matthew 15:8).

Matthew 2 is an example. The magi arrived seeking the King of the Jews. Herod inquired of the chief priests and scribes about where Christ would be born. They gave the correct answer from Micah 5:2, but not one of them went to Bethlehem to look for Christ. They had the logos from Micah but hard hearts prevented it from becoming rhema to stir them to seek the Christ.

Lord, grant us mercy that our heart remains soft to You every day.

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