Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. Hebrews 1:1-2
At our Christmas Eve service at Second Baptist North our pastor mentioned today’s verses and it got me to thinking about other so called revelations that have come after Jesus’ life here on earth, His death and resurrection. The two that immediately sprang to mind are the Book of Mormon and related writings and the Quran. Both of which came centuries after Jesus. Now some might argue that God has frequently let a lot of time go between His revelations to us.
That is true as far as it goes. The time between the last book of the Old Testament and the New Testament is over 400 years. What gets left out is that we are told the New Testament completes God’s revelation to us. We see in today’s verses that where God spoke through the prophets before there was no need for an intermediary. Jesus revealed God’s Word to us directly.
Yes but Jesus did not write anything down. That is true we have no Gospel written by Jesus but once again Jesus told His disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them remember everything that Jesus had taught them. The writers of the New Testament were for the most part just telling us what they had witnessed. There was no need for an Old Testament style prophet. We got the Word directly from the source, Jesus, God with us.
So what about the Book of Mormon and the Quran? By both Mohammed and Joseph Smith’s accounts these books were revealed to them no directly by God but by angels. This is in conflict with what the writer of Hebrews tells us. There is no need for any other person or being to reveal God’s truth to us. Jesus has already revealed everything we need to know. We do not need to take the word of an angel or another human when we have the Word of God already before us. That baby in the manger came to give us the Word directly from His lips. What else do we need?
Have a blessed day and a happy New year,