GOD HAS SPOKEN NO. 2

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Shelby G. Floyd

God Has Spoken

The scriptures declare, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways” (Hebrews 1:1). We note that the text says this divine communication was done in “in the past.” Continue reading “GOD HAS SPOKEN NO. 2”

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GOD HAS SPOKEN

By

Shelby G. Floyd

 

The Hebrew writer without introduction states his main theme: the superior rank and dignity of Jesus Christ over angels, Moses, prophets and priests:

“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; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:1-3 NKJV).

The message is simple—God has spoken to man! God has spoken to us at the end of the Jewish economy by His Son—Jesus Christ. And he spoke to us through his apostles “once” (hapax), for all time: “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3 NKJV). Therefore, the “last days” includes the whole Christian age.

Christ is superior to all who spoke for God that went before him because: (1) He is the unique Son of God; (2) God appointed him heir of all things; (3) God made the world through Christ; (4) Jesus is the effulgent image of God the Father; (5) Christ upholds all things by his powerful word; (6) He purged our sins by the sacrifice of himself on the cross; and last of all, (7) He sat down as the reigning Monarch of the Kingdom of Heaven at the right hand of His majesty Jehovah!

Thus Christ is our prophet—he spoke for God; he is our great high priest—he purged our sins; and he is our Mighty King reigning on David’s throne on high—reigning over the Everlasting Kingdom that will stand forever (Daniel 2:44-45).

The term “spoke” in verse two is aorist indicating completed action in the past. It is the leading verb in the context. God previously in ancient times “spoke” to the fathers by (in) the prophets. He did so in many ways and at various times. “Spoke” is from (laleo) and means to speak to one using words in order to declare one’s mind and to disclose one’s thoughts. God therefore speaks to man today through the written word handed down to us in the Old and New Testament. Let us then give heed to and obey God’s Word.

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Eighty 5-21-17

Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, IN 46142

THE GODHEAD

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Shelby G. Floyd

The Bible teaches that there is just one God or Godhead, but this one Godhead involves three distinct persons. In a discussion with a Jewish scribe, Jesus referred to the Old Testament Scriptures which taught that God is one Lord. The scribe had asked, “Which is the first commandment of all?” Jesus answered him,

“The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one” (Mark 12:29).

Jesus here referred to the statement of Moses as found in Deuteronomy 6:4-5. Continue reading “THE GODHEAD”

WINDOW INTO WORSHIP

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Shelby G. Floyd

Today, the first day of the week is my favorite “coming together” time of the week. Our lesson today involves a man who fell asleep in a window. How many of you have ever fallen asleep during worship? I know I have to raise my hand of being guilty. Falling asleep during worship has been going on since the beginning of the church. Continue reading “WINDOW INTO WORSHIP”

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 13

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Shelby G. Floyd

Jesus on one occasion said,

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).

Just as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit are all truth, so all of the commandments of the Lord are truth (Psalms 119:151). God’s word has always been true from the very beginning, and since he is the author of it, his truth is just as eternal as he is, and it will live and abide forever (Psalms 119:160). God’s word is truth, and it is the final standard of authority in every matter of religion. It is the ultimate appeal to understand and know what is the truth regarding a certain proposition. Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 13”

BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 12

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Shelby G. Floyd

YOU SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH

On one occasion, Jesus said to some Jews who believed on him,

 

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

Continue reading “BIBLICAL INSPIRATION NO. 12”

CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD

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Shelby G. Floyd

The book of 1 John was written about 85-90 A. D., at a time when false teachers were denying that Christ was divine and also that he had a fleshly body. John refutes both of these false ideas. There are some today who are still teaching these same false doctrines. Continue reading “CHRIST, THE ETERNAL WORD”