|“In the past God spoke to our ancestors |
through the prophets at many times and
in various ways, but in these last days
he has spoken to us by his Son, whom
he appointed heir of all things, and
through whom also he made the universe.”
When people want the most reliable information possible, it’s important that they seek the most reliable source. That’s why people may choose to listen to, or watch, or read the product that comes from a particular media outlet.
Some people prefer the more traditional journalism of the daily newspaper. Others depend on a particular radio or television station. Still others rely on information from a particular broadcast or cable news organization. And, still others have come to depend on the information supplied to them by social media. No matter which source they may choose, people want truly dependable information.
Throughout history, God has spoken to His chosen people through various sources. In the Old Testament times, He spoke to them through the patriarchs, the prophets, the poets, the storytellers—each one inspired by His Holy Spirit. In New Testament times, God spoke to His newly chosen people through the Apostles and through storytellers—again inspired by the Holy Spirit.
To those who follow diligently the teachings of God’s Word—the Bible—the integrity of these sources of information is unquestioned. Many have tried to apply so-called “higher critical analysis” to the biblical texts in order to discredit them. For true believers, the Scriptures have stood up to such scrutiny unassailed.
But, the ultimate source of information is God’s Son, Jesus. The writer to the Hebrews has penned these statements of authenticity, as recorded in Hebrews 1:1-2:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe.
During this season of Advent, we celebrate the birth of Jesus and also His anticipated second coming. He is the voice of truth. He is the one and only truly reliable source of information about God and His plan for His chosen people.
Throughout this new day, let us seek the most reliable source for our spiritual formation. Yes, we should read books, listen to sermons, study devotional guides, and strive to gain information from every possible source. But, in the final analysis, we should always seek to know what Jesus has to say about whatever concerns us. He is the one on whose integrity we can always depend.