"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" (Hebrews 1:1,2a).  The same God who testified of Himself by the writings of the Old Testament Prophets made the ultimate communication by sending His own Son down to this earth.



The Bible teaches us that there is one God who exists in three co-equal persons, the Trinity.  Within that Trinity, the Person of the Son of God exercises a special Divine office.  As the Word of God He has always been the one who makes the unseen God known.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).  So He is God, and He makes God known.  Thus, it was this Word of God who created the whole universe.  Through it the created beings come to know something of the power and wisdom of the unseen God.  "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3).
The message of the Prophets who gave us God's Scriptures over hundreds and hundreds of years has also always been this Person, the Word of God.  "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39).
Finally, at the chosen time, the Word came to this earth by a miraculous virgin birth.  He was sent from the heart of God.  "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him" (John 1:18).  In fulfilling His mission by offering up His life as a payment for the sins of the world, Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate declaration of God's saving love.  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
It is unimaginable that God would simply overlook sin in those who refuse to trust the Saviour and so trample underfoot His grace.  Eternal life is free to us but it cost God everything, His Only Begotten Son.  To hope for mercy before God outside His salvation plan is the biggest mistake anyone can make.
 
 
"And when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him.  Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee" (Mark 5:18-19).
God's plan for appointed witnesses to testify of Him and His salvation constitutes a cycle.  God starts things by the many witnesses He has sent out to confront us all concerning our sin problem before it is too late.  Out of those who hear God's message of salvation, some come to Christ.  Those who believe are then appointed to take their turn as God's witnesses.  Who would be a more reliable witness of God's saving power than those who have personally received it?
The maniac of Gadara in Mark 5 lived a life of madness and self-ruin by the power over him of many devils.  Jesus set him free and forgave all his sin.  It was the love of God that then commanded him to go back and tell all his friends what the Lord could do for them too.
This plan of God is also the explanation in part for baptism.  God has established a simple object lesson whereby one testifies that he has received the saving work of Jesus Christ personally.  In baptism, being dipped in water witnesses to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to provide salvation from sin.  It is a powerful way to tell others you have trusted the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for your sins.
Further, God requires those who are forgiven to demonstrate their salvation from sin by putting sin out of their lives.  "For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world" (Titus 2:11-12).
Even the Bible believing local church is part of God's plan for Christian testimony.  Nothing could be more obvious from the New Testament.  The church's responsibility is to hold up the truth in the community, and those who are saved by faith are appointed by God to take their place in it.  Paul describes it as "the pillar and ground of the truth" in I Timothy 3:15.
 
 

 
 

 
 
 
 
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God" (II Timothy 3:16a).




The significance of this statement by the Apostle Paul is literally that the holy Scriptures are God-breathed.  God not only gave a universe to witness of His greatness as the Creator, He also gave us a written transcript of His very words.




Many people object to this and try to attribute human shortcoming to the Book based on the men who wrote it down.  However, it is plain that the Bible teaches within itself that though God used human penmen, He superintended and overruled so that what they wrote was and is the breath of His lips, His spoken word.  To say God could not do such a thing is a profession of atheism.  Nothing is too hard for the Lord.
In Psalm 19, where the Psalmist begins by saying that the heavens declare God's glory, the later verses are about the special witness of God given by His Word.  The Bible gives us truths about God and our relationship to Him that can be known no other way.  While we have a certain consciousness of right and wrong in ourselves, only by the Bible can we know of God's absolute and perfect standard of right and wrong, God's law.
Only by the Bible can we know the full consequences of sin on the human race.  Only by the Bible's history can we know with certainty the origin of the world, of man, or of sin.  Only by His prophecy can we know with equal certainty the future for the world and for ourselves individually.  And only by the written word can we know of God's simple but profound plan of salvation to bring those who believe to heaven when they die.
One of the terms used for the Bible within the Bible is God's Testimonies.  "Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart" (Psalm 119:2).  God Himself has condescended to take the witness stand and speak about the matters of man's spiritual life and needs, and has written it all down so we can know for sure what our eyes and wit could never perceive on their own.  It remains for us to search them out with all our heart and to have a willingness to accept it as the testimony of the One who knows all things and who cannot lie.
 
 
"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" (Hebrews 1:1,2a).  The same God who testified of Himself by the writings of the Old Testament Prophets made the ultimate communication by sending His own Son down to this earth.




The Bible teaches us that there is one God who exists in three co-equal persons, the Trinity.  Within that Trinity, the Person of the Son of God exercises a special Divine office.  As the Word of God He has always been the one who makes the unseen God known.  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1).  So He is God, and He makes God known.  Thus, it was this Word of God who created the whole universe.  Through it the created beings come to know something of the power and wisdom of the unseen God.  "All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made" (John 1:3).
The message of the Prophets who gave us God's Scriptures over hundreds and hundreds of years has also always been this Person, the Word of God.  "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me" (John 5:39).
Finally, at the chosen time, the Word came to this earth by a miraculous virgin birth.  He was sent from the heart of God.  "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him" (John 1:18).  In fulfilling His mission by offering up His life as a payment for the sins of the world, Jesus Christ gave us the ultimate declaration of God's saving love.  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
It is unimaginable that God would simply overlook sin in those who refuse to trust the Saviour and so trample underfoot His grace.  Eternal life is free to us but it cost God everything, His Only Begotten Son.  To hope for mercy before God outside His salvation plan is the biggest mistake anyone can make.
 
 
 
 
"Pilate saith unto him, What is truth?" (John 18:38a)
It is customary for people  to deny things that are true to justify their own wrong behaviour.  Even basic, fundamental truths are openly denied, and at times the existence of truth itself.  The words of Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor who sentenced Jesus to be crucified have been found on the lips of many people and in many forms.
Pilate had God stand before him in human flesh.  It was easier, he thought, to go into denial than to face the consequences.  The agnostic and atheist also challenge basic truth and pass it off as superior intelligence.  When a crime is committed, the investigators search to find who would profit from it.  The crime of denying truth exists because it gives a kind of calm to those who choose to refuse God His rightful place over them.
Such denial finds ready acceptance in many hearts, not because it is reasonable, or because of compelling evidence, but because it offers a broader road to walk.  Folk want to believe it, because it fits the natural, sinful desire to live as if there is no God.  But where the road ends is not soberly considered.
The denial of the existence of truth is very selective of its context.  A sick man does not discourage his doctor from a careful study of his case by these words, "what is truth?"  The robbery victim does not chase away the investigators by saying, "what is truth?"  Science was never advanced by that motto.  Why is it used then, when it comes to matters of eternity, and the well being of the soul?
In fact, we have a Book of truth that has stood the test of centuries of opposition.  The Bible is God's gift of truth in a world of lies and facade.  Many people can give clear testimony that when they searched the Bible with an honest heart they found that it "rang true" and brought satisfaction.  Truth has a way of bringing its own assurance to the one who is sincere with it.
Our world today is moving away from the Person of truth.  "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).  He is the subject of the Bible, and the the One you will find at the end of a search for truth.  By His work of salvation which he accomplished when He died on the cross and rose again truth is joined to saving grace.