Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, The hinging phrase of the bible. The key to truth and success in your christian life. It is John 1:1 in the original Konia Greek it is pronounced En archai an ho Logos . I like Dr. Theme's translation "In the beginning which was not the beginning there eternally existed the Word. Now scholars will tell you and its is a proven fact that when the word "λόγος," or Word is capitalized it means our Lord Jesus Christ. So Logos and Jesus Christ is synonymous this key phrase cracks open a lot of doctrines to our understanding . First that the Deity of Christ eternally existed as a member of the Triune Godhead back before the creation of everything.. Second that the bible that we call scripture is the Word and the mind of Christ or the Word of Christ. Why is this the key to success in your spiritual life. Well lets analyze . . does it say "There existed dance? . . . .no . . . how about "There existed looking down your nose at people?" no hey how about "There existed an ecstatic experience? nope . . . it says "there eternally existed the WORD. The scripture or The author of scripture.
Yet in this world we live I see and walk amongst so many that swear they LOVE JESUS and yet spend no time learning doctrine no time caring about his words no time in bible study. They dance and sing and raise their hands in the air and work up a real good emotional "Spiritual" experience.
You know I was once all messed up in the occult. Do you know what they did oh its rich . . all the sabbats all the rituals all the devils masses the main focus was dancing and singing and working up a real good emotional experience. . . . . and it was totally evil . . . . I have seen it first hand and I swear to you today that anything the unbeliever can do IS NOT SPIRITUAL! anything you can copy with drugs or devices or with chanting or singing or dancing or sex or smoke is not spiritual any idiot can do those things and get a great big glowing feeling.
Where am i going with this. . . . it is simple If you Love Jesus you Love his WORD. even and especially when it makes you think or touches on your "Issues". You love your parents even and especially when they reprove and correct you (or you should unless you are an idiot) because you know that they are doing this because they love you and want you to learn. The principle is the same. God wants us to learn and he has provided us with all the growing up lectures we need in his scripture. It is your sword and your shield and every piece of armor you could possibly need to face the world and all its problems.
There are more then 7000 promises in the bible. . Isaiah 41:10, Romans 8:28, 1st Peter 5:7 Psalm 104. there are limitless promises like the one given to Abraham . . I am your Shield and your Increasing Great Reward. and there is a mountain of information on how to live a life wisely not just self righteously not fake not walking around with your head in the clouds pretending to be holy . But real pragmatic practical wisdom so you can put one foot in front of the other instead of stumbling every chance you get.
Am I saying I am better then you because I know this . .. . NO because as anyone will tell you I have alot to learn and there's many times when life knocks me on my rear end. But I know where to look!!!! And I wish to share because I love you. Love God . . . Love God's Word!!! Be wise don't just fake it!
Because when you fake it . . . lets be honest you are only fooling yourself everyone else knows you are phony!
for doctrinal references please see the works by John Calvin, Louis Sperry Chaffer, R.B. Theme Jr. http://www.berachah.org/ , Henry A Ironside, Clarance Larkin, Donald Barnhouse and I am not saying you have to believe everything they say just read (if you are interested) and make up your own mind thats free will and what makes you human.