An Aspect of the Word of God

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In Hebrews 5 and 6 are two phrases that help me understand a certain aspect of God’s word.

Firstly Hebrews 6:5 includes the phrase “the good word of God”. This is often our experience when we handle the word – it is good, full of life and encouragement, and so pleasant to read. Examples of the good word of God include John 3:16, 1 Timothy 3:14, and Romans 8:32.

But there is also another aspect to the word of God – “the word of righteousness”, so described in Hebrews 5:13. This is a deeper, more advanced, experience of the word. It is the word that “embodies the deeper thought of God’s justice and righteousness in His dispensational and governmental dealings with His people” (Recovery Version Hebrews 5:13 note 1). Examples of words of righteousness include 1 Corinthians 9:27 and 1 Peter 4:17.

We all need to advance in our handling of God’s word – not merely drinking the milk of the good word of God but progressing to the solid food of the word of righteousness.

For everyone who partakes of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness, for he is an infant; but solid food is for the full-grown… – Hebrews 5:13-14a

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2 Responses to An Aspect of the Word of God

  1. John-Paul says:

    I’m helped by seeing the distinction between these two aspects of God’s Word. We certainly need to take in the good word of God for our nourishment, but we also need to grow in our Christian life so that we can also take in “the word of righteousness.” If we have trouble accepting certain portions in God’s Word, this may indicate our need for more growth. We can pray: “God, grow in me. Bring me to full growth.”

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