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Defining the Logos-word vs. Rhema-word, and the Little Man of the Eye.

What is the difference between the rhema-word and the logos-word?

  1. John 1:1 (Logos): “In head was the word, and the word (Logos) was toward the Theos and Theos was the word (Logos). This-one was in head toward the Theos.” (John 1:1-2 RBT)
  2. Romans 10:8 (Rhema): But what does it say? “The word (rhema) is near you [in time], in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word (rhema) of faith that we proclaim);
  3. Ephesians 6:17 (Rhema): “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word (rhema) of God.” The spoken word of God as one hears it in his own heart. Out of the heart the mouth speaks.
  4. Romans 10:17 (Rhema): “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word (rhema) of Christ.” Spoken from within.
  5. Hebrews 4:12 (Logos): “For the word (logos) of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” The word, for correction, reproof, and training in righteousness.
  6. James 1:21 (Logos): “Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word (logos), which is able to save your souls.” When the outward word (logos] becomes inward (implanted) in the heart (rhema).

These have Hebrew parallels:

  1. Dabar (paralleling Logos):
    1. Genesis 1:3 (dabar):
      • “And God said, ‘He is light, and He is light.'”
      • Two of the same words but from either side: logos →← rhema. The word as in a mirror, one side is the logos, the other is the rhema.
    2. Psalm 33:6 (dabar):
      • “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”
    3. Isaiah 55:10-11 (dabar):
      • “For as when the Rain and the Snow he-is-descending from the Dual-heaven and he is not turning-back there but when he has watered the Earth, and has made her generate and caused her to sprout, and he has given a seed to the One-who-sows and a bread to the One-who-eats, thus is my word (dabar) becoming which goes out from my mouth; it is not turning-back to me empty for when it has made whom I have pleased, and he has succeeded whom I have sent him.” (Isaiah 55:11 RBT)
  2. Parallels to Rhema:
    1. The Hebrew word “neum” or “na’am,” meaning whisper, introduces the notion of a more intimate or personal form of communication. It suggests a quieter, more direct, and personal revelation, akin to a whisper from God. An example of this intimacy is found in 1 Kings 19:12, where Elijah experiences God’s presence in a gentle whisper.

Guard me according to the small-man, daughter of the eye…  Psalm 17:8 RBT

The secret of understanding this is in understanding the Word as a Mirror. A mirror is a material that reflects light. When you look into a mirror what do you see? Are there now two of you?

Visible light from the surrounding environment, such as your room lighting or sunlight, illuminates your body. Some of this light reflects off the surfaces of your skin and clothing. This light, called incident light, is reflected off your body onto the surface of the mirror. When the incident light from your body strikes the mirror, it reflects off the mirror’s surface. The reflected light retains the same colors and intensities as the incident light but changes direction according to the law of reflection.

The reflected light then travels back towards your eyes. As the light enters your eye, it interacts with the lens and cornea, focusing the image of the reflected light onto the retina at the back of your eye. The focused image in your then stimulates photoreceptor cells, primarily rods and cones, which convert the light signals into electrical impulses. The electrical impulses generated by the photoreceptors are transmitted to the brain through the optic nerve.

The mind processes these signals and creates a visual perception of the reflected image, allowing you to “see yourself in the mirror.”

Thus, when you look in a mirror, it reflects the light from your self (the way you look on the outside) back to your inner self (your eyes and mind), allowing you to see your true self.