The God Who Is & Who Loves Must Speak
"A living God and a loving God must needs speak. The god of the philosophers is a silent god, for he hath neither life nor affection: but our God, Who created the heavens and the earth, Who is and Who loves, must speak." - Biblical Illustrator - New Testament
"Happy is the man who has learned to lean his all upon the sure word of Him Who built the skies!"
- Charles Spurgeon
"One word of His is to be confided in, and depended on, than all the men and things in the world."
- John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
"We speak often and say nothing; God speaks once and utters eternal verities."
- Charles Spurgeon
"To some God speaks twice and they will not hear once; but to others He speaks but once, and they hear twice."
- Matthew Henry
" 'God hath spoken.' How awful this truth, yet how blessed!"
"What base ingratitude in any one not to listen to the Son of God, and to refuse to shape his life in accordance with the complete and glorious circle of Christian truth."
"The Son knows the Father perfectly, and can make no mistake as to the mind of the Father. To know how God feels about man, learn of Christ...To know what God is, look at Christ...To know what God would give, study Christ..."
"If God has spoken, it leaves man's ignorance without excuse...If God has spoken, His Word must be man's ultimate authority...If God has spoken, irreverence and neglect of Scripture are man's loss and shame."
- the above quotes are from the Pulpit Commentary - New Testament
The writer of Hebrews introduced his book with these awesome words -
"God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son..." (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Wow! What a way to start a book!
It reminds us of two other books of the Bible that begin in this way -
Genesis 1:1 says - "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth."
John 1:1 says - "In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God."
What did the writer of Hebrews say about God?
"God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake..."
God spoke. He had something to say to mankind. He used various methods in order to communicate His will. He chose not to give this revelation all at once. It came in various parts - some by direct communication and some by dreams and visions.
"In time past," He spoke "unto the fathers by the prophets." He predicted future events and communicated His will to the people through chosen vessels who were under His inspiration.
Abruptly, the writer of Hebrews brings forth a contrast in time between the "time past" and "these last days" with the clause - "Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son..." In the beginning, God chose to use men and women raised up by Him to speak His will to the people. But in "these last days," He has singled out His message to one chosen vessel - and that is His Son.
This is not to say that God doesn't use prophets to speak His mind in this Gospel dispensation in which we live. However, everything that comes forth from their mouth must line up with what God the Son says in the Holy Bible. He is the final voice in this hour.
"God, Who...spake...Hath...spoken unto us by His Son..."
The Son of God has spoken. Because He is God the Son, He has the highest authority - superior to all who have spoken in times past. He alone has a right to command. When He speaks, all must obey.
"God...spake...in time past unto the fathers by the prophets..."
We see this illustrated countless times throughout the Scriptures -
1 Kings 18:1 says - "And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the third year, saying..."
Jeremiah 14:1 says - "The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the dearth."
Ezekiel 3:16 says - "And it came to pass at the end of seven days, that the word of the LORD came unto me, saying."
Joel 1:1 says - "The word of the LORD that came to Joel the son of Pethuel."
Micah 1:1 says - "The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham..."
Zechariah 7:1 says - "And it came to pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month..."
Isaiah 30:15 says - "For thus saith the LORD God, the Holy One of Israel..."
Ezekiel 2:4 says - "For they are impudent children and stiffhearted. I do send thee unto them; and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD God."
Ezekiel 3:27 says - "But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the LORD God..."
Amos 5:4 says - "For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye Me, and ye shall live."
Haggai 1:7 says - "Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways."
Zechariah 1:3 says - "Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye unto Me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts."
"God...spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son..."
This is surely confirmed in Matthew 17:5 where - concerning His beloved Son - God spoke with these words - "While he (Peter) yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him." Here God made it very plain and clear that all must give place to Jesus. Rather than hear any other, all must hear Christ. They must honor Him above the prophets of old like Moses and Elijah. He and He alone must be attended to as "the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6).
Psalm 33:9 says of this Jesus - "For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast." In other words, He said, and it was done. He gave the order, and the universe rose into being. This is speaking of the creation being the fruit of His Word. The universe sprang into its being at His command. He had only to speak. His speaking was the channel on which His almighty power flowed.
Psalm 62:11 goes on to say - "God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God." Here we have it again that God is speaking. Great emphasis must be placed on what is being said. It is worthy of our notice. We must call attention to it. All other voices must be silenced in His presence. All confidence must be placed in Him and Hum alone. The voice of God is echoing out a message - "twice have I heard this."
What is the message that is being sounded out?
"that power belongeth unto God" - God is infinite in power. He is the source of it. In Him, it abides. He is almighty. He can do everything. With Him, nothing is impossible. Hence, He should forevermore be man's foundation of trust, confidence, and strength.
His solitary word achieves all His designs. And Who is that "solitary word" by which he accomplishes all things? It is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ - the "Word of God" (John 1:1; John 1:14; Revelation 19:13).
Though this is true, there is a problem. Job 33:14 says - "For God speaketh once; yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not." God is speaking through His Son - through His Word. Yet, many are not attending to Him. He is sending repeated admonitions. Even so, many refuse to regard them - simply because they are bent on their own ruin.
It must be understood by all that the God Who is and loves must speak. And He is indeed speaking through His Son - the Word. But, who is really listening?
Nowadays, many are running to and fro to get a "word" from another man - a prophet, if you will. When all along in their possession is the Bible - the Word of God - the Son Who is eagerly waiting to speak to every hungry heart.
"God, Who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son..."
God has chosen to speak through His Son "in these last days." Man can only confirm what He has already spoken in His Word.
It is imperative that we as the Church of the Living God get back to the Bible as our sure foundation of truth. It is imperative that we read, study, meditate on, and memorize it. It is imperative that we look to it as our one and only revelation of Who God is and what He requires of us in this life.
So many do not know Him nor His ways. They are deceived concerning spiritual things or the final hour in which we live. They are following after men's words - while totally disregarding God's.
We leave you with some final quotes from the New Testament version of the Pulpit Commentary -
"What is truth? What God hath said."
"Are you neglecting Scripture? Remember God has no other voice after this; Christ is His last appeal to men."
" 'God hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son;' to be deaf to that last appeal is to have God speechless to us forever."
Is that what you really want? Do you not know that you can provoke Him to become speechless to you forever?
Whatever you do, do not neglect the Scriptures. For in neglecting them, you are neglecting God's Son and the "word of the Lord" for your life.