This awesome reality— the fact that God spoke the Church into existence— would later lead the Reformers to call the Church “the Creature of the Word.” What they meant was that the Church is not a human invention or institution; it was birthed from God’s Word. God spoke and created the universe. God spoke to Abraham and created Israel; and in the same way, God created the Church through the proclaimed gospel of the revealed Word, Jesus Christ.

The Creature of the Word
Matt Chandler, et al