June 30, 2011
God Has Spoken To Us
As we conclude our study of the miracle of inspiration, we see that the Bible contains the record of God speaking to us. God loves to communicate His love and His plans for our lives. We live in His joy and peace, with our hearts blessed by His presence.
God Spoke to the Fathers. God spoke to the fathers through the prophets of the Old Testament. Inspiration describes how God spoke through those prophets. We have seen that the Holy Spirit moved those men to speak the truth of God. Each of those prophets wrote in their own particular style. For example, Amos wrote the Book of Amos in the Old Testament, but described himself as “not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a grower of sycamore figs” (Amos 7:14, page 1443). Yet, God commanded Amos to go and prophesy to God’s people of Israel (Amos 7:15-17, page 1443). Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets spoke the Word of God to His people, and disclosed Himself, His plans and His purposes to them. He also disclosed Himself through the prophets in many ways. For example, He told Aaron and Miriam that God “shall make Himself known” to prophets through visions and dreams (Numbers 12:6, page 237). In contrast, God said that He spoke to Moses mouth to mouth, openly and not in dark sayings (Numbers 12:8, pages 237-238). Without God speaking to us, we would not have known God and His ways (John 17:25, page 1690; John 16:3, page 1687; John 5:37, page 1663; John 6:45-46, page 1666; John 14:6, page 1684). God used the Old Testament prophets to communicate His commandments and His statutes to the fathers (2 Kings 17:13, page 624). As Yahweh, Jesus remains the central figure of the Old Testament (John 8:48-59, pages 1672-1673; Exodus 3:10-15, page 91; Exodus 6:3, page 95). He dominates its pages and lays the foundation for the New Testament, and the New Covenant (Hebrews 10:4-18, page 1880; Hebrews 8:1-9:28, pages 1877-1879; Jeremiah 31:27-34, page 1238). The prophets prophesied of the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. Those same prophets made careful searches and inquiries that they might know of the grace that would come to believers through the work of Christ (1 Peter 1:10-11, page 1894). Those prophets learned that they were serving us as New Testament believers and telling us about matters into which even angels longed to look (1 Peter 1:12, page 1894).
God Has Spoken in Jesus Christ. In Hebrews 1:2, page 1869, we see that in these last days, God has spoken to us in Jesus Christ. Jesus will always be the center of attention for men, and every being in heaven, will sooner or later bend the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11, page 1837). The revelation of God came through many people, but the revelation culminated in the Person of Jesus Christ. As the first and the last prophet, Jesus occupies the supreme position for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10, page 1937).
Appointed Heir of All Things. In Hebrews 1:2, page 1869, we see that Jesus was appointed the heir all things. We know that Jesus has conquered all things, and at the right time, everything will be submitted to Him, and He will abolish the last enemy which is death (1 Corinthians 15:26, page 1801). Jesus will inherit all things as the Son of God, even as believers inherit the kingdom of God prepared for them before the foundation of the world (Matthew 25:34, page 1548; Revelation 21:7, page 1939).
Jesus Made the World. In Hebrews 1:2, page 1869, we read that Jesus made the world. This familiar theme exalts Christ as Creator (John 1:1-3, page 1653; Colossians 1:16-17, page 1841). Christ eternally existed before the creation with the Father and was before the beginning of all things (Colossians 1:17, page 1841).
The doctrine of inspiration speaks to us about how God has spoken to us through the prophets and apostles. The Holy Spirit of God moved men to speak the words of God (2 Peter 1:20-21, page 1901). The focal point of that inspiration will always be the love of God manifested in Jesus Christ and His eternal glory. For God so loved us, that He gave His unique son, that whoever would believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life.
So we learn more about the miracle of inspiration today.
● God inspired the prophets of the Old Testament to speak to us about God, and particularly about Christ, the Yahweh of the Old Testament.
● God has spoken to us today through Jesus Christ, the Heir of all things, and Creator of the world.
● God inspired people to speak for Him, so that we would know Him and His ways.
Application for Today
As I live today, I thank God for the inspired Word of God. Through the prophets, He disclosed Yahweh to us, and let us know Him and His ways. Through the New Testament, Jesus has spoken to us as Heir of all things and Creator of the world. Will you join me in reading the Word of God, studying the Word of God, and living in peace and joy which only God gives today?