Logos 4: Search Words of Christ

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Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos training seminars.

A Logos user recently e-mailed me asking how to limit a Bible search to just the words of Christ. For example, he wanted to locate the word servant in the red lettered words of his Bible. Here’s what I told him:

  • Click the Search icon to open the Search panel
  • Select Bible as the search type
  • On the Search line containing numerous drop down lists, click the last list and select an English Bible like the English Standard Version (ESV)
  • Click the second drop down list if using a PC, or the first for Mac users, and select Words of Christ (Words of Christ is a field in most English Bibles much like Name, Address, Zip Code, etc are fields on an application form. With this selection you’re indicating you only want to search the Words of Christ field in your designated Bible. Default is set to All Bible Text.)
  • In the Find box, type your desired word or phrase, such as servant or fear not
  • Click the search arrow in the Find box

Now you’ll see whereyour word or phrase only appears in the red lettered text of the Bible!


  1. It doesn’t work. I do not have “Words of Christ” in the second drop down list on my PC.

  2. Thanks for the tip. How would I search for verses containing “heaven” but that DON’T have “kingdom of” in the verse?
    Also, is there any help resource for doing complex searches from the L4 search window? It seems like the graphical query of L3 was a bit more powerful in this way, albeit slow. It’s probably only because I don’t realize how much the search command is capable of…
    Thanks, Chad

  3. Rev. Bob Martin says

    I tried to follow your instructions above but found no “Words of Christ” listed on the second drop down list. Is there a video that one may view to see how and what you are talking about?
    Thank you for your time and patience.
    Blessings and peace,

  4. I could not see a drop down list for the words of Christ on any of my bibles in trying to complete this search.

  5. Chad,
    There is a way to search for just heaven. Type: “heaven” ANDNOT “kingdom of” in the search field and you should get 97 results in 86 verses when searching Words of Christ in the New Testament.
    As for doing complex searches, thought I am not sure if you are wanting to do Greek or Hebrew searches, I’d suggest going to our videos page and watching a few of the following videos: Faster Searching – Hebrew Morphology in ESV Reverse Interlinear, Morph River, Syntax 1: Anderson Forbes, and Syntax 2: Anderson Forbes.
    From there, check out other videos titles that hint toward what you are trying to do, and two recent blog posts on Syntax Searching:
    Syntax Searching for Everyone: Using Query Forms
    Syntax Searching for Everyone: Grammatical Relationships

  6. Donna from Baja, MX says

    I believe I followed your instructions exactly, but I only got one result when I searched words of christ in the NIV and my search words were fear not
    My result was:
    John 3:20 which has the word fear and the word not, although not together.
    So then I tried typing in “fear not” and got zero results.
    What do I need to do differently?

  7. Robert Graves says

    When will we be able to print from Logos 4?

  8. Adam Navarrete says

    Rance, Bob, and Ken,
    If you are using Logos 4 on a PC, please make sure you have the latest version: 4.0d SR1.
    Once updated, open up a Bible search again and under the second dropdown menu (default: All Bible Text), click the down arrow. You will then see a Search Field box. Click the small arrow to the left of the box and it will expand to reveal additional fields. This is where you will check the Words of Christ box.
    For Mac users (latest version: Logos 4 for Mac Beta), this is under the first dropdown menu (default: All Text). Click the small arrow to the left of the Search Field box and find the Words of Christ box.

  9. Deborah Mickens says

    Printing is currently available in the Beta version of Logos 4. However, at this time, we do not have a release date as to when printing will be moved from Beta to the release version. To download the Beta version, open Logos 4 and in the Command Bar, type “Set Update Channel to Beta”. In the drop down menu that appears, single left click on Set Update Channel to Beta and this should start the download for the Beta version.