“And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly” (Acts 6:7)
The Word of God in the book of Acts is a living organism. It is not static or sterile. On the contrary, it grows, multiplies, increases, prevails, spreads, and is received (Acts 6:7; 8:14; 12:24; 13:49; 19:20). It is the Trinitarian speech-act in the life of the growing church, Christ’s vocalized presence among his people. It is the Word moving in power, generating new life, like the spoken Word at Creation. The church, accordingly, is the creature of the Word. The church does not create the Word, but the Word the church. Indeed, the church is the life of the Word, and the Word of truth is the Gospel.
This is in no way to diminish the centrality of the Bible as God’s written and inerrant Word, but to appreciate how Acts uses the “Word of God” category broadly and vividly. May we see the Living Word working powerfully in our churches!