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The Word of the Lord.
The Acts of the Apostles uses the expression "The Word of God" twelve times, and
"the Word of the Lord" seven times. We have recorded some of the twelve references
elsewhere. Let us here note the seven occurrences of "the Word of the Lord".
"And when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord" (Acts 8: 25).
"And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the
Lord" (Acts 13: 48).
"And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region" (Acts 13: 49).
"Paul and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the
Lord" (Acts 15: 35).
"Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word
of the Lord, and see how they do" (Acts 15: 36).
"And they spake unto him (the Philippian jailor) the word of the Lord" (Acts 16: 32).
"All they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and
Greeks" (Acts 19: 10).
The last reference is explicit: it says "the word of the Lord Jesus". Are we to
understand the other six references in the same way? That is one question the reader may
ponder. Another is, what is the difference between the expressions "The Word of God"
and "the Word of the Lord", or is there no essential difference intended? If not, why is
the phrase altered (see Acts 19: 10 and 20).
This series of short notes was written rapidly and with little thought of critical
readings. We are therefore glad to acknowledge the watchful care of a fellow "Berean",
who, referring to the article on page 124 of Volume XXX, points out that the text reads
"The Word of the Lord" in Acts 19: 20, instead of "The Word of God". This alteration
gives the more significant number of occurrences, viz., fourteen of "The Word of God"
and eight of "The Word of the Lord". In the interests of accuracy, readers should make a
note of the necessary correction.