I was stomped. As much as I read the Bible, reflect on what I've read, and share my spiritual journey. I didn't have an answer.
Quite honestly, I partly didn't understand the question. So, I asked her, what do you mean?
She said, who is God to you? I replied, huh. She said I'll give you a hint, read John 1:1-2. I told her I had already read it.
She told me to read it again. So, I read it again. But the answer seemed too simple.
God is the word.
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I thought that was too easy to be the answer. So, I read it again and again. Not learning anything new from rereading the bible verse. I decided to read it in different translations.
I read about 5 different versions of the same passage using my Bible app. When I got to the Voice translation, I found something that stopped me in my steps.
The Greek word Logos is often translated in English to word.
Logos, (Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”) plural logoi, in Greek philosophy and theology, the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning.
This one Greek word transformed the way I answered my Mom's simple question. My answer evolved in a way I honestly had not imagined.
Who is God to you?
- God is the living word.
- Christ in the flesh (human) version of the word.
- The Holy Spirit is the guide Christ left with us before ascending back to heaven.
- God word is the truth.
- Jesus was with God when he created the word.
- Jesus was sent to speak to the world by God.
- Us being able to hear Jesus changed everything.
- As a result of Jesus, we are now able to hear and speak directly to God.
- Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit are one
My mother's question forced me to think deeply.
Looking at different translations helped me to better understand several principles I have read over the years during my bible study. One Greek word helped me to understand a fundamental bible lesson.
7 Ways to Dig Deeper during Bible Study
- Read it twice.
- Read it in at least one other translations.
- Research the place where it happens.
- Research the word definition in its original language (Greek). Chose words that are unfamiliar or powerful - the word could change the meaning of the passage.
- Ask questions.
- Write your thoughts down.
- Have a conversation with someone you trust. Read the passage together and discuss your thoughts.
Next time your bible studying take a minute to try a few of these tips. I would love to hear from you about how your bible study routine is going.
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