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. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Communication is the basis of any relationship. God did not create man and leave him to his own devices. In the beginning, the Lord spoke to Adam and Eve instructing them to eat of every tree of the garden except for the forbidden tree. Communication was the means of God passing His will to Adam and Eve, and they understood the word spoken to them. The spoken word by the serpent challenged the commandment of the Lord, and sin entered the world. Even though man rebelled against the will of the Lord, God did not abandon Adam and Eve. He spoke to them and explained the consequences of their sin and the hope of a seed that would come to restore the relationship of God to man. The bridge between the Creator and His creation was the communication of the spoken word. This would become the foundation of everything man would know to save himself because without the spoken word, there would be no knowledge of the mind of God.
There has never been a time in the history of humanity that God has not spoken to His creation. Noah learned of the impending destruction through the spoken word. Abram was called by God through spoken word to leave his family and journey to a place he did not know. The promise of a son to Abraham and Sarah was given repeatedly through the spoken word. Moses delivered the Hebrews from captivity after the Lord God spoke to him from a burning bush. When the children of Israel encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai, the Lord spoke to Moses, and the man of God wrote down the words of God with ten words inscribed on tablets of stone. The written law was given to Israel to read and obey, while the Gentiles understood the will of the Father through an oral law. From the time of Adam until the coming of Jesus Christ, the Father revealed His word through chosen men and women who revealed the will of God for the people to hear and understand how to save themselves from the wrath of God. Knowledge came through the means of the spoken word of God.
There is never a time that man can plead ignorance to the will of God. The Lord used various means of communication to reveal His will to humanity. At times, God would speak directly to a man. He would use visions, dreams, and revelations to explain future events. Joseph dreamed of things that would define his life. God used unbelievers to carry out His will, such as the Pharaoh of Egypt having visions from the Lord about the coming famine. On one occasion, the Lord used a donkey to rebuke Balaam when God opened the animal’s mouth to speak to the prophet. Regardless of the means of communication, the Lord never left man without a witness to the will of the Father. The means of revealing His word changed over the centuries, but the one constant remained that God always held men accountable to His will because He told him what he must do to be saved.
The greatest example of divine communication came when the Father sent the Son into the world as the Word. In the Greek language, the mean of “word” is “LOGOS.” Jesus was the embodiment of the fullness of God’s word. Throughout His ministry, Jesus preached the message that His words were not His own but the Father’s. The kingdom of God was built upon the will of the Father. Jesus was not only the divine manifestation of the love of God, He was the divine expression of the word of God. The early church writers took the story of Jesus and wrote down the word of God. John would reflect that if everything known about Jesus was written one by one, the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. The word of God is so expansive, the human mind can barely grasp the hem of its garment. Without the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Jesus would remain an enigma. Luke tells the story of the early church to produce for all men the pattern of sound doctrine (words) of the divine plan for the church. The New Testament is a book of letters written by Paul, Peter, James, Jude, and John presenting Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. Through the writings of the New Testament words, the reader will see the Old Testament reveals the nature and character of the Christ. God revealed Himself and His Son through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit for all men to read, understand, and obey.
There is only one means of divine communication today. No prophets remain, and all revelation outside the Bible ended nearly two thousand years ago. Despots who claim to have a divine revelation of the will of God are liars. In these last days, God has spoken by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds. Jesus is the only way, the only truth, and the only hope of eternal life because He is the Word of God. He has been given all authority – without exception. When a man rejects the Bible as the divine word of God, he walks away from the only ark of salvation offered to man. Unbelievers are trusting in rowboats to save them from the flood when the only hope of salvation is found in the ark of gopher wood instructed by the Lord God. The Bible is that ark. It is the spoken word of God. Read it to be wise. Obey it to be saved. God spoke.