A devotional thought from Geoff Ashley for “Knowing God”
John 17:7-8: “Now they know that all things You have given to Me are from You, because the words that You gave Me, I have given them. They have received them and have known for certain that I came from You. They have believed that You sent Me.”
“Use your words.” At some point almost all parents utter this phrase to their children. Though old enough to speak, young children often revert to patterns of much more primitive and imprecise forms of communication. Words devolve into groans and cries as fatigue and frustration take over.
There is something powerful about words. They make communication effective and efficient. If you want to communicate, you speak, even if that speech is not oral. Even those who merely write or sign are speaking.
Our God is a God who speaks. He created the world by speaking (Gen. 1) and sustains it with a word (Heb. 1:3). He revealed His law and will through the prophets with words. And now, finally and fully, He has spoken by His Son (Heb. 1:1-2), who is called “the Word” (John 1:1-3).
Jesus’ entire life was divine speech. Every word was a word from the Father (John 12:49). Every work was a word from the Father (John 5:19). From beginning to end, the Messiah’s mission was the revelation of the Father. He is the final and full disclosure of God. To know the Father, we must listen to the Son, and there is no revelation of the Son like the Scriptures.
Pause and Reflect
• Why do you think God chose to reveal Himself through words?
• How does the fact that God chooses to communicate through words affect the way we should respond to the Scriptures?