Cornelius Nkoroh is a Theologian and a Philosopher. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Theology from the Pontifical Urban University, Rome.
The manifestations of the word of God.
The written word of God, the Bible started with this: In the beginning God created heaven and earth. The earth was a formless void and God said( the spoken word) " Let there be light" and there was light. Genesis 1:1ff. The gospel of John ( the written word) started with "In the beginning was the word. The word was with God and the word was God. Through him all things were made. In the 14th verse of that Gospel of John 1, the word says " and the word took flesh and dwelth among us. This word which is talked about here is Jesus Christ who became man and took the form of Man except sin and died for the sins of man, yet he resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven where he lives forever.
The Spoken Word of God
This is the word of God spoken by God, his prophets or his priests. The first place the spoken word of God appeared in the bible is in the Creation account of Genesis. Here we see God speaking things into being. It was only in the creation of Man that we did not see God speaking but acting. In the case of every other being God said 'let there be" in the case of man, he rather said 'come let us make man in his own image', He must have known from his all foreseeing knowledge that there will be a time when there will be a need for his word to exist in human form through the coming of Christ Jesus.
A true prophet begins his prophecy with the words ' thus said the lord' or ' the word of the Lord came to me saying'. He knows he is not delivering his own words but the word of God. When an anointed clergy or even a lay Christian preaches the good news, he is also preaching not his own word but the word of God. This is the spoken word of God. Thus the spoken word of God is still accessible to his people today through prophets, priests and dreams.
The Written word of God
This is the word of God as documented by prophets and preachers in the bible. The bible is divided into two testaments, the old and the new testament. In the bible we read what God did and what he did through his son Jesus Christ. The written word of God has a divine inspiration but human authorship. This means that the humans who compiled the Bible were inspired by God. Saint Paul attested to this divine inspiration when he said that everything written in the scriptures were inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, correction and reproof, that the man of God may be fully equipped for good works. The Bible is accessible to anyone who wished to read the undiluted word of God.
The Incarnate Word of God.
This is the word of God spoken of in John 1:14. This is the living word of God. This is the word of God made flesh. This is the person of Jesus Christ who though he was God did not count equality with God but emptied himself taking the form of Man. This word of God was born in the flesh through a virgin birth. Paul in Galatians 4:4 said that at the appointment time, God sent his son born of a woman, born subject to the law that we might receive adoption as sons. This word was spoken of by the prophets and written of by the patriarchs. This word of God is not only the son of God but also God. He was humanised that man may be divinised. Through his humanity, the degenerated humanity became glorified. Through his incarnation, man got a direct access to God and man was reconciled to God. He died and is resurrected and continues to live for there is no death in him. Through him death was humiliated since he overpowered death.
The word of God is one.
Let it not be understood that there are three types of the word of God. Instead there are three Manifestations of the word of God.The word of God is one anytime and any day. This word of God is still God. This means that if you have encounter with any of the three Manifestations of the word of God, you have encountered God. God is one and his word is one. The more one encounters the word of God, the more one becomes like God.