by William Oldham
“In the past God spoke to our fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, and through whom also He made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1-2
When God made man, He made him with the ability to see, to speak, to hear, and to think; God then endowed man with the breath of life and intelligence: a living creation to whom God could easily communicate with; and so He did. It was with words easy to understand that God gave to Adam instructions on caring for the Garden of Paradise.
It was with words that God directed Adam’s attention to the Tree of Life; and it was with words that God gave Adam a specific command to not eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. And with words plain to understand, God warned Adam of the consequences of disobeying that command. When Adam disobeyed, it was with words clear to understand, that God told Eve, Adam, and the serpent what their fate was.
It would be the height of ignorance to suppose that Adam wasn’t given the knowledge of how all of God’s wonderful creation came into being; and it would be equally ignorant to suppose that God didn’t equip His man with the ability to write and record it all for the generations to come. It would be through Adam, with words easy to understand, that God would reveal Himself and His workings to the future generations.
We see the Lord speaking directly to Noah, giving him specific instructions on the building of the ark. We see the Lord speaking with plain words to Moses at the burning bush, telling him exactly what He wanted him to do. We find the Lord meeting with Moses on the top of Mount Sinai, presenting to him the Ten Commandments: plain words, written on tablets of stone, by the Lord Himself! However, throughout the words God spoke, one thing stands uppermost in His mind: the day of His Son’s appearance.
God’s only begotten Son would first appear to lowly shepherds as a babe in a manger in Bethlehem. Roughly thirty years later, Jesus would appear to the nation of Israel at the Jordan River as the Lamb of God. For the next three years, Jesus traveled throughout the land of Israel, speaking to the Jews with words directly from the mouth of God. Those words have a message for all of us: Jesus came from God to save sinners, not to condemn them.
God’s word to man was summed up in one, unspeakable act of love: Jesus Christ died on the cross for sinners, taking upon Himself all their sins. God then displayed His mighty power in raising His Son from the dead. Jesus appeared to His disciples, giving them a command to go and tell the world of His great salvation. The work of building His church had begun; it will continue until He returns.
It is by His Holy Spirit and by His word that Christ is building His church. Any man or organization that contradicts the plain word of God, is neither a pastor or a church. Jesus specifically commissioned His apostles, and filled them with the Holy Spirit, in order to supply, with words, all that is needed for man’s salvation.
IT’S JUST THIS SIMPLE:
“…The grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.” Titus 2:11-14
God still speaks to us!
Brother Bill is a Bible teacher and can be contacted at email@example.com