Who Speaks For God Today?
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” (Heb. 1:1-4)
The writer affirms that in the past – back in the age when the Hebrew race was formed into a nation, and during their existence as a theocracy – back then, God spoke. He spoke at various times. He spoke to the prophets, “at sundry times and in divers manners.” Through Moses, God spoke; the writer acknowledges that. He affirms that GOD HATH SPOKEN. But he says, now, “in these last days,” God speaks by or THROUGH HIS SON. What does this mean?
It means when Christ came; when He spoke during His earthly ministry, He was speaking the word of God. It means when we listen to, when we read and study what Jesus said, that’s the word of God. This means, that which Jesus revealed through His apostles, written in the epistles – that’s THE WORD OF GOD FOR TODAY.
There was divine revelation in previous ages; in old times God spoke unto the fathers in the prophets and “by divers portions and in divers manners.” But God finally spoke through his Son!
I should listen to Jesus Christ because He alone is God’s authorized spokesman for today. In regard to the New Testament let’s understand what this means. Men designated by Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit wrote God’s revelation. Jesus speaks to us today, through the New Testament. By His Son, God addresses us, in these days.
You know – the only question here is, are we listening and responding?