When I was on campus, I used to hear people shouting RHEMA whenever a man of God said something deep from the word of God. But in no time I emulated this culture of shouting RHEMA whenever I want to appraise a man of God’s teachings even without knowing the meaning, but as time went by, I got to know that rhema is a Greek word that means the word of God. I will be opening your eyes to the full understanding of this word in the lines of this book.
Let’s go a bit theological, the word Rhema is a Greek word, spelled as ῥῆμα, transliterated as rhēma and pronounced as “rhray’-mah”. The word Rhema is found seventy (70) times in the New Testament. I will be bringing five of it to your attention for in-depth study before I tell you the definition of the word Rhema.
A second time the rooster crowed. Then Peter called to mind the word (rhema) that Jesus had said to him, Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny Me three times. And when he thought about it, he wept.
While Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word (rhema) of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in Me? The words (rhema) that I speak to you I do not speak on My authority, but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.
Who will tell you words (rhema) by which you and all your household will be saved.
It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words (rhema) that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
From the above bible passages above, you are going to see that the word of God used in this context is spoken or written specifically, they are the words God speaks out not to everyone, but to an individual. Yes! The word God has spoken to you is your own Rhema, it is meant for your dealings. They are the words the Lord has revealed to you, they’re the raw materials for your desired wonders, they serve as lamps to your feet and light to your path. They are the words that were sorted for whenever one is about to take crucial steps. Now, note this, every Rhema must be rooted in the logos which shall be explained next.
To explain logos to you, I will like us to go theological as well. Logos is a Greek word, spelled as λόγος, transliterated as logos and pronounced as log’-os. The word Logos appears three hundred and thirty-one times (331) in the New Testament, but let me give you just five (5) instances of where it was used to explain what it is to you.
Therefore whoever hears these sayings (logos) of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
The sower sows the word (logos).
So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the word (logos) of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret.
Luke 5: 1
That the saying (logos) of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die.
Then the word (logos) of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.
Critically, look at the contextual use of “word,” you will see that it was spoken or written generally to people, it was not meant for a particular person.
HOW DO THEY RELATE?
Logos can be likened to a well, while Rhema can be likened to your bucket, it is the bucket that draws from the well. This means that all Rhema are drawn from the Logos, any Rhema that is not having the background of the logos should be discarded and disregarded.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
Paul was admonishing Timothy as I want to admonish you. He said Timothy should study the Logos because it is how studious he is in logos that God is going to examine, that will make God approve a Rhema word for him and remember, that the Rhema word is the raw materials for any wonders you desire.