So far, Church Works Media has published over 50 hymns and songs. Some are more familiar, some less. One of my favorites is still kind of unknown: “God Has Spoken.”
Scripture describes several ways in which God has revealed Himself to humanity. This hymn highlights 3 of them, noting the crescendo from general revelation to special revelation to incarnate revelation. What does that mean?
First, God has whispered through creation. Psalm 19:1-6 tells us that the created world—the heavens, the stars, the sun—all declare the glory of God. Romans 1:19-20 concurs, teaching that the existence and power (and wisdom and goodness) of God is seen in what He has made. Creation still “echoes” the “Let there be” commands of Genesis 1. Still, creation is but a whisper from God, insufficient to save us.
Creation is but a whisper from God, insufficient to save us
Fortunately, God has spoken through the Scriptures. So Psalm 19:7-14 moves on from God’s revelation through creation to God’s revelation through His Word. Theologians call this “special” (vs. “general”) revelation. From cover to cover, the Bible claims to be the very Word of God. The “God-breathed” Scriptures tell us so much more than creation (2 Timothy 3:16). They tell us of God’s love for us, of our responsibility to Him, and of our sin. They tell us that we are condemned unless we come to Him for salvation. They are able to lead us to salvation and into a personal relationship with God (2 Timothy 3:15). God has spoken through the Bible! What could be better? Only one thing…
God has spoken through the Bible! What could be better? Only one thing…
Finally, and climatically, God has shouted through the Savior. Hebrews 1:1-3 teaches that whereas God once spoke through prophets and apostles (the Scriptures), His final and last self-revelation to humanity came through the incarnation. What is God like? Scripture tells us, but Jesus—God in human flesh—shows us. That’s the point of His great title in John 1:1, 14, and 18: He is “The Word” who reveals the unseen God. Very simply, Jesus is God’s perfect self-disclosure to sinners. So to see Him is to see the Father (John 14:7-11). Jesus, then, is not only the Redeemer of sinners. He is the Revealer of God.
Jesus is not only the Redeemer of sinners, He is the Revealer of God
Amazing. God has spoken! Are you listening?
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If you want to hear more on this topic, I recently preached a sermon with the same title. You can find it here.