Lethbridge Herald

God speaks to us in His own ways

- Jacob M. Van Zyl

God’s word is more than a book. His word is also a Person: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” ( John 1:1).

“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” (Heb. 1:1-4).

God has spoken to us by his Son. “No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, has declared him” (John 1:14). “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

God’s word became both Scripture and flesh. The Second Person of the Trinity (the Word) became a human being through Mary and the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35).

His divine nature was hidden behind his human appearance. He healed those who were sick in body, soul or spirit. He explained the principles of

God’s kingdom in parables (Matt. 13), in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7), in the sending of the Twelve (Matt. 10), the scolding of the Pharisees (Matt. 23), and the messages on the end time (Matt. 2425).

In his gospel, the apostle John recorded many more of Jesus’ words. Before his crucifixio­n, Jesus said that he had given the words of the Father to his disciples (John 17:8). God’s greatness can also be seen in his creation (Rom. 1:18-21, Ps. 8, 19, 104).

No one can say God is silent. He has spoken clearly for ages. The 1,200 pages of his book, including the four gospels on his Son, reveal God’s thoughts to us. He is still speaking through these channels.

There is no one so blind as the one who refuses to see; and no one is so deaf as the one who refuses to hear (Matt. 13:14-15).

Ignoring the Word of God will not exonerate anyone. In the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich man demanded that Abraham sends Lazarus to warn the brothers of the rich man. Abraham replied, “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Luke 16:29).

Jesus said his words will judge people on the last day (John 12:48). Before that terrible day, we should heed Jesus’ kind words of invitation, “Come to me, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).

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