Two Greek words are translated as ‘Word’ in the NT. Rhema is a spoken utterance (Gen 15:1,4; Lk 3:2; Act 13:2, 22:21). Rhema is distinct from the Logos or written word, the whole Bible.

Today we could term this as a quickened, individual verse or passage of God’s Word that seems to come alive (is ‘spoken’ to us) by the Holy Spirit for a particular situation. While God can speak to us through another’s counsel, inner impressions, feelings or experiences the information received should be in agreement with the Bible – our guidebook. If the perceived guidance is not confirmed by the principles of Scripture then reject it. This is why it is essential to read and study the Bible.

See also: logos.