In the past I would have read this verse:
1 Peter 1:25 (NIV)
"but the word of the Lord stands forever." ...to mean something like: "The Bible is reliable, it will last forever."
But when you look at Scripture I think there is another meaning.
Have we at times allowed the Bible to be a substitute for the Word of the Lord that is alive with us now and desiring to speak to us personally? Have we sometimes worshiped the book instead of the living Word?
Don't get me wrong, I still love the Scriptures... but they are not the end in themselves. I love them because they have introduced me to my Lord.
There are too many verses from the Old Testament to list here... here is a small sample of verses that use "word of the Lord" (NIV):
"The word of the LORD came to me:"
(Many references in the Old Testament like this...)
"When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord, Peter and John returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages."
"On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord."
"When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed."
"The word of the Lord spread through the whole region."
"But Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many others taught and preached the word of the Lord."
"[ Disagreement Between Paul and Barnabas ] Some time later Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us go back and visit the brothers in all the towns where we preached the word of the Lord and see how they are doing."
"Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house."
"This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord."
"In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power."
1 Peter 1:25
"but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you."