In the New Testament there are two different Greek words for the ‘word’ of God, one is ‘logos’ and the other is ‘rhema’. The word ‘logos’ is used as the constant written word of God, which if we are willing and open to receive, will speak to us, in some way, every time we read the Scriptures. The rhema word is a Greek word which literally means ‘an utterance’ or ‘something said’ so the rhema word is understood to be ‘God’s word spoken to you’ at this present moment. This can be when a particular word of Scripture speaks specifically into your situation, when reading or praying, it is received as being pertinent to your circumstance and speaking to you personally – bringing encouragement or even a challenge!
The understanding then is that the ‘logos’ word, speaks to us in a more general sense on a daily basis but that on occasion we can receive a ‘rhema’ word. Some people may make no distinction between the ‘rhema’ or ‘logos’ word, accepting that God’s word is powerful whenever it is known (knowledge) and received (felt or experienced).
From my own experience, I believe that sometimes you can be reading a familiar passage of Scripture, something that you may have read many times before, and suddenly it appears to have a real personal significance, and you apply the truth directly to your life and situation. I know that there are a couple of memorable times, when I have had this experience. The first time it was a word of instruction, of comfort and hope, a verse to hold onto through a dark and difficult time in my life. The second time it was a verse that challenged me to change my perspective and have a different view of my circumstances and situation – it was in fact to see that there was a new beginning ahead for me, full of possibilities!
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