A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “The Incarnation”
From day one, God has revealed Himself—in His acts of creation, in His judgments against sin, in His covenant promises to redeem a people. These were not, however, His final revelations.
Creation did not keep sin from entering the world. Judgment did not stem the tide of sin from its world-shaping effects. So they each anticipated a greater revelation through which God’s will would be accomplished.
The writer of the Book of Hebrews said that in the last days God has given us the greatest revelation: “He has spoken to us by His Son. God has appointed Him heir of all things and made the universe through Him. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of His nature, sustaining all things by His powerful word” (Heb. 1:2-3). Notice that these verses are packed with meaning. The author loads them up and does so for a purpose. He wants to answer an important question: “Who is this Son that we should listen to Him?”
The question is answered with five statements. First, God has endorsed Him. Second, everything belongs to Him. Third, everything owes its existence to Him. Fourth, He perfectly shows who God is. And finally, everything is held together by His word.
God’s final revelation requires a response from us. Will we listen to Him? Will we trust what He says? The New Testament writers offer us a convincing testimony of His identity and His nature so that we might be compelled to believe and see that He is worthy of our confidence (see Luke 1:4; 1 John 5:13).
Pause and Reflect
• What does it tell us that judgment could not stop the effects of sin?
• What is different in this final revelation—in God speaking to us by His Son?