(1) Jesus Christ sets us on the path of freedom which is based on truth and leads through love to eternal life. (2) Yet false gods continue to enthrall us with the path of power which is based on falsehood and leads through indifference to death. (3) Even Christians have fallen under their spell. (4) But Jesus is calling us to join him as prophetic witnesses in breaking their spell beginning with his Church. (5) Use this website to strengthen your witness to Jesus for our good and his glory.
Christians, we may say much about God, but all these words are not the Word of
God. For our words to become God’s Word, God must first actively command us to
speak them. Second, God must freely choose in love to make himself the object
of our talk. Third, God must judge our talk to be true both in relation to him
and in relation to ourselves. Finally, our words become God’s Word in the
miraculous moment that God chooses to make them so. When this divine command,
objectification, judgment, and event occur, we render true service in freedom
to God and our words become the Word of God to be heard and obeyed.
proclamation is made with hope; that is, with the lively expectation that it
will not remain simply a human word but will become God’s Word. This hope is
based on the recollection that the Word of God has been spoken in the past.
Holy Scripture is the witness of the prophets and apostles to God’s past
proclamation and Scripture are similar in that Scripture is the written record
of what once was the Word of God proclaimed. They are dissimilar in that the
words of the prophets and apostles are normative for church proclamation today.
The words of the prophets and apostles had to be written words to remain
distinct from and superior to Church tradition.
is the written words of the Bible, and not some other book, that remain canon
for the Church because they continue to impose themselves upon the Church as
such. And the biblical words continue to do so because Jesus Christ our Lord
continues to press them into service in this way. So the words of the Bible
also become the living Word of God today when, like Church proclamation, God
graciously chooses to make them so.
prophets and apostles understood themselves to be people called, enabled, and
commanded by God to bear witness, not to their own feelings and motivations,
but to God’s revelation of himself. Their words relate to God’s revelation the
same way that any report relates to the event reported. God personally
confronted the prophets and apostles, told them to proclaim what he had to say,
spoke his Word to them, ensured their reporting would be true, then actually
inspired them to speak and write his revealed truth in their own words.
revelation is the Word of God spoken to us. At the right time, Jesus Christ
came and as the Word of God spoke for himself to us. Proclamation and Scripture
become the Word of God when God graciously chooses to make them so. In contrast
to both, God’s revelation is the Word of God in and of itself. Ultimately it is
identical with Jesus Christ who as the Word of God became flesh to live among
The Unity of the Word of God Proclaimed, Written, and Revealed
is only one Word of God but it exists in three forms. Yet, while it exists in
three forms, each form is wholly the one Word of God. We properly understand
the unity of the one Word of God when we understand each form in relation to
the other two. Jesus Christ as the one Word of God revealed is the basis of
both the Bible and Church proclamation but is only known to us through
proclamation which is consistent with the Bible. The Bible as the written Word
of God is only known to us as Church when proclaimed and made alive by
revelation. Church proclamation must be consistent with the Bible and like the
Bible is made alive only by the revelation of God.