Why is Jesus called the Word?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

The reason both the Lord Jesus Christ and the scriptures are called the Word is because the person and work of Christ is the message of the scriptures.

And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27

The scriptures were written to reveal to us the Christ and his work in the redemption of mankind. We do not need to treat the Bible as a self-help book – a book with tips on how to be a better you or to have a better marriage. Christ is the message of the scriptures.

Stringing together a bunch of Bible verses into a message about how to live without relating those passages to Christ and his redemption of us is not a Christian message. It may be a Biblical message because it uses Bible verses, but without Christ as the center, it is not a Christian message.

Preach the word. 2 Timothy 4:2

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