The Word Was Made Flesh
“God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom
also he made the worlds.” --Hebrew 1:1,2
The implications of our text are plain. God used to do something, but now He no longer does that because His
Son has come. What did He used to do? He used to speak at sundry times and in divers manners. He spoke
by visions, by dreams, by prophets, by signs and wonders; once he even spoke to a prophet by a donkey.
All this was done in this manner in order to indicate that the Truth, the Perfection, the Way had not yet appeared.
What Are “Last Days”?
But in these “last days” it is not God's purpose to take away from the glory of His Son by cluttering up the
message by words “at sundry times and in divers manners.” “Last days” has a uniform meaning in Scripture,
the times of the Gospel, the word of our Lord Jesus Christ. They are the last days because they are the days
predicted by the Old Testament prophets, and when Jesus appeared, there was no other message left for God
to speak to the world, because Christ is the appointed heir over all things.
Those who pretend new revelations, or those who long for new revelations, are downgrading Christ, and
slandering Him, as if He did not speak plainly, or that His message is out of date, or as if He didn't really
know everything that we need to know about God, going to Heaven, and doing what is right.
There are those who would speak of the Holy Ghost as if He had a message “more full” than the gospel
of Christ. It reminds me of my children when they were small. Sometimes after their mother would tell
them something, they would come to me and ask the same question, because they hoped I would give them
permission to do something other than what their mother said.
It didn't happen very often, because their mother and I soon put a stop to it. We always tried to be on the
same page, so they could not play us off against each other. They soon found out that it was wrong for them
to ask me something that their mother had already spoken to.
Our text tells us that Christ's words are the words for the last days. The words for the last days are the
last words. It was the Holy Ghost who spoke in the prophets and who spoke of Christ. It was Christ who
poured out the Holy Ghost on the Church. It is in Christ that all the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.
(Col. 2:9), and that means that we are complete in Him (Col. 2:10). Through the men whom He appointed
personally, He finished the doctrine of the gospel and established His church (Acts 10:41), and God bore
them witness with mighty signs and wonders (Heb. 2:3,4). Being complete, there are no other experiences,
there are no other messages, there are no other blessings. Having Christ is all there is; but the all is all.
This does not limit the church in blessing, gifts, or opportunities; but clears the way for faith in Christ to
lay hold on the true fullness that is in Him.
People Just Need Christ
Because of this, if you are in Christ, all things are yours (I Cor. 3:23). The reason we do not need any
other message is because Christ is the creator of all things, and they were all created to display His
excellencies. Like Paul, we should understand that “the fellowship of the mystery, which from the
beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: to the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church
the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus
our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.”
Peter tells us how to abound in this faith. In Jesus Christ we have all things that pertain to life
and godliness (2Pet. 1:3,4) so that we can escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.
It is not by adding some new revelation or by lusting after signs and wonders, but by “diligently”
(vs. 5) adding “to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and
to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to godliness brotherly kindness; and to
brotherly kindness charity.” (II Pet. 1:5-7) There are no shortcuts, and those who promise shortcuts
will take you away from Christ.
If we do what Peter commands, then we will not be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our
Lord Jesus Christ, and we will “never fall,” but have an abundant entrance into the everlasting
kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (vs. 11).
The Apostles knew where the source of their real strength, wisdom, power and knowledge was:
it was in Jesus Christ, the Word that was made flesh. Paul, “I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me” (Phil. 4:13). Matthew: “Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore....” (Matt. 28:18). Peter and John:
“In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6).
This was the power and the genius of the great Protestant Reformation. Satan's kingdom would be
overthrown and his minions vanquished by one thing alone: faith in Jesus Christ. Not by holy
water, not by exorcism, not by magic ceremonies, not by the mutterings and peepings of ignorant
priests, but by the preaching of the gospel of faith in Jesus Christ. They saw that all these other
things were but devices to hold people in bondage to the devil, and under his control. “For by
grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works
lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:8-10). The victory was
by faith in Jesus Christ alone (I John 5:4). For this reason they were not ashamed of the Gospel
of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth (Rom. 1:16.
To depart from this gospel to seek signs and wonders, new revelations, and new gospels, is to
depart from Christ and lose all possibility of salvation, for the just shall live by faith (Rom. 1:17).
Those whom God saves, He saves by the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. None other are saved, but
remain under the power and control of the devil. On this the Bible is very clear (John 14:6;
1 John 5;11,12; Acts 4:12).
Pastor. C. W. Powell
Trinity Covenant Church (R.C.U.S.)
6050 Del Paz Drive
Colorado Springs, CO. 80918