In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son

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,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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