“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. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…” Hebrews 1:1-3 ESV
God speaks to us. He speaks to us through his scriptures.
For a very long time, God has been trying to communicate his self-revelation of Himself to humanity. It’s not an easy task, communicating with humanity, because he must do so while still leaving room for our own authenticity. He must not so overwhelm us in his self-revelation that it destroys our capacity to actually choose Him. So God communicates in many ways and many forms over a long period of time. Creation itself speaks to us of God. The heavens declare the glory of God…
The sages of all the great religions all have something to say about God. The Hebrew prophets, especially the scripture writing prophets from Isaiah to Malachi, get it better than anyone else, and the canon of their prophetic writings became the Hebrew bible. But in these last days, God has spoken finally and definitively through Jesus Christ. The prophets and the sages spoke of what they saw imperfectly, like it was seen through a dark glass. But in the fullness of time, the logos of God, language of God, the logic of God, the word of God, became flesh in Christ Jesus (AMEN).
This is what marks these last days. Notice what the writer of Hebrews says, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. For a long time God spoke through the prophets and various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son. The last days began 2000 years ago. Wrap your head around that. Should Christ not return for another 2000 years, it’s no problem, it’s still the last days. Why??!! Because God has already pronounced his final word of his self-revelation in His son, the word made flesh, Jesus Christ! And no, we’re not waiting for another revelation, so you can keep your Book of Mormon, thank you very much.
The prophets spoke imperfect words from God, getting it as best they could. But Jesus is the exact imprint of God’s nature. The very image of what God is like, and has always been like, was pressed into the human clay of human flesh, and in Jesus Christ we at last know what God is really like (AMEN). And this inaugurates the last days, because now we have a perfect, final, once and for all word of God, the word made flesh. We have an exact imprint of God’s very nature revealed to us in Christ, so we can at last move beyond the imperfection to the perfection that is Christ.
For example, Joshua, Son of Nun, may practice ethnic cleansing in the name of Yahweh in the Bronze Age. But in these last days, all of that has to be reconsidered in the light of Christ who is the perfect revelation of God, so we can move beyond that ghastly misunderstanding and finally know what God is like revealed in Christ.
“For the [Torah] law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:17 ESV. So that Jesus is the revelation of truth that is superior, even to scripture. That’s why he says to them “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,”. John 5:39 ESV. What we do, especially if you’re talking about the scriptures Jesus is referring to, the Old Testament, we don’t go to the Old Testament to find truth directly, we go to find the sign that leads us to Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Light. When we arrive at Jesus, we can say “There He is!” The truth, the glory, the exact imprint of the nature of God, right there!
Jesus Christ is God’s final word to humanity, and Jesus Christ is God’s final word to you, and he speaks. Its an ever-Living word, and Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever, unchanging, and so God is speaking to you through Jesus Christ even now, to each one his or herself, each one of you. God speaks to our fear through Jesus. Don’t be anxious, don’t be troubled. He walks to you on the stormy sea, in the middle of the night in your fear, and says “don’t be afraid, it is I. You’re not alone. You’re not in the storm by yourself.” Jesus walks to you on stormy seas and tells you Don’t be afraid. Fear not little flock. This is the Fathers good pleasure, to give you his kingdom. This is the word of a God spoken to us in our fear.
More to come.