GOD HAS SPOKEN

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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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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”

WHAT IS GOD’S NAME?

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Shelby G. Floyd

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God appeared to Moses in the burning bush and revealed himself to the great prophet. He promised Moses he world be with him when he went before Pharaoh to demand that he let the children of Israel go free from their slavery.

“I AM WHO I AM”

Moses replied to God that the Israelites would want to know God’s name. He asked what he should say. God’s answer was, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you” (Exodus 3:13-14). “I AM” is God’s name and his name means “The Self Existent One.” God is also known by “God Almighty”—El-Shaddai; “Elohim”—Lord; and “Jehovah.” God also said to Moses, “I am the LORD. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob as God Almighty, but by my name the LORD I did not make myself known to them.” (Exodus 6:2-3). The name “Lord” in the Hebrew is equal to I AM (Exodus 3:15). Continue reading “WHAT IS GOD’S NAME?”

COME CLOSE TO GOD

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Shelby G. Floyd

Close to God

Our God is great, but he wants a close relationship with all of his people. Sadly, many Christian people never realize the nearness of God in their daily walk with God. Many of God’s children feel that God is far away and not interested in their joys and sadness. However, this is not the case. God has demonstrated over and over again, that if we will seek him out he will be found to be close at hand.

Near the end of the New Testament revelation, the apostle James exhorted the Christians of the dispersion to, “Come close to God and He will come close to you” (James 4:8). Man left God, but God did not leave sinful man. Because of the great love, mercy and grace of God, he made the first and last move to reconcile man back to himself. This he did by sending his beloved Son from heaven to earth to redeem us from eternal separation. Now it is up to each one of us to make our move back to God and enjoy the close fellowship that was enjoyed in the Eden Paradise. Continue reading “COME CLOSE TO GOD”

SEEK GOD OVER GOLD

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Shelby G. Floyd

God over Gold

Our Pilgrim ancestors came to the shores of America in search of freedom to seek and serve God according to their conscience. Others came seeking gold and material wealth. While God has given us all good things to richly enjoy, he wants us to put the spiritual above the material world.

About one hundred sixty-seven years ago when gold was discovered at Sutter’s Mill in California, it caused the stampede of the Gold Rush. Many found fortunes and spent it all in worldly pursuit. The same thing happened on the Klondike at Dawson City, Canada and on the golden shores Nome, Alaska in 1898-1900. Today the worship of wealth is called American Greed. Many who have trusted in their gold have been wiped out by the present economic crisis. If one does not have God in his life what is left but despair and death? Continue reading “SEEK GOD OVER GOLD”

IN GOD’S PRESENCE

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Shelby G. Floyd

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The sweet Psalmist of Israel yearned to be in the presence of Almighty God: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God” (Psalms 84:1-2). Where God is worshipped in spirit and truth God is present. David longed to be present in the temple courts at Jerusalem to worship the Lord. Later in this same Psalm he said, “Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Psalms 84:10). Continue reading “IN GOD’S PRESENCE”

Joyful Prayer

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Shelby G. Floyd

Joyful Prayer

Christian people should pray for others with joy. In order to do this we must create in others a good memory of our work in Christ. Then when other Christians remember us they will thank God and pray for us with joy. The church at Philippi created a good memory of their work for Christ in the mind of Paul. When he penned a letter to them he said,

Philippians 1:4-5
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you,
I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.

The reason Paul remembered them with joy was because of their partnership in the gospel from the first day until the time he wrote the letter. Their partnership in the gospel began with the conversion of Lydia and her household. This included water baptism for the remission of sins:

Acts 16:13-15
On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.
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After Lydia was baptized, she immediately started doing things that Christians should do. After she invited them into her home she said, “If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my house. And she persuaded us” (Acts 16:15). Also the conversion of the jailor presented another member to fellowship Paul in his evangelistic work (Acts 16:29-34). Both Lydia and the Jailor showed hospitality to Paul and supported his evangelistic work. This all Christians should do.

When Paul left Macedonia, Philippi was the only church that shared with Paul in the partnership of giving and receiving. They sent him aid again and again (Philippians 4:4-16). No wonder that Paul could remember them with thanks and joy when he prayed to God.

May God help all of us to find the joy that is found in Christ Jesus and the way of life we are to live? Remember, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Philippians 1:21). Again, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4). Let us all live and pray in the joy of the Lord.

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The Godhead

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Shelby G. Floyd

Trinity

The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, but the concept is revealed in many places. But it is better to speak as the oracles of God. Therefore, in this proclamation I shall use the biblical term “Godhead” to teach that the one God is three Persons.

Some people teach that there is just one person in the Godhead, and that one person manifests himself sometimes as the Father, at other times as the Son, and still at other times as the Holy Spirit. This doctrine is stated, “The one true God, the Jehovah of the Old Testament, took upon himself the form of a man, and as the son of man was born of the virgin Mary.”

Jesus Christ is the Son of the Father

This doctrine that the Father was as the Son was started in 1914, and continues to this day. However, such a doctrine is definitely in conflict with the teaching of the Holy Bible. The apostle John, near the end of his life, wrote three small letters in which he said in one of them, “Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John 3, 9). In these verses we notice that the apostle John invoked the mercy and peace from both the Father and Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, and then he stated that if one will abide in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son. The oneness teachers say the Father was as the Son, but John says that there is the Father and the Son. There is a world of difference between the word “as” and the word “and.”

Continue reading “The Godhead”

The Potter and the Clay

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Shelby G. Floyd

One of the earliest inventions and crafts, known in the history of man, is that of the potter’s wheel:

“Another important invention was the potter’s wheel. Earlier, men had fashioned pots by molding or coiling clay by hand, but with the potter’s wheel, men could turn out a symmetrical product in a much shorter time…Although none of these ancient wooden potter’s wheels have survived, examples made of clay and stone have been excavated. The oldest, found at Ur in the lower Euphrates Valley, has been dated around 3250 B.C. Potters wheels were used in Syria and Palestine around 3000 B.C., in Egypt some 250 years later, in India before 2500 B.C. and in Greece about 1800 B.C. On the other hand, they did not appear in England until approximately 50 B.C. and in the Americas until 1550 A. D.” –Civilization Past and Present, Volume 1, Wallbank-Taylor, page 35.

In a hymn book we have a song titled, “Have Thine Own Way, Lord” which includes these beautiful words,

Have Thine Own Way Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Thou art the potter; I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

By a figure of speech, the words of this song, compares God to the potter, and his people to the clay. If we yield to his will, like a potter he can mold us and make us a vessel of honor; but if we refuse his word, we can mar like clay in his hands, and fit ourselves as vessels of destruction and wrath.

The figure of speech of the potter and clay as applied to God and his people is found several times in both the Old and New Testaments. But the application of this figure of speech is nowhere made plainer than in the book Jeremiah, where we read of Jeremiah being sent by divine direction, down to the potter’s house to observe an object lesson. Continue reading “The Potter and the Clay”

The Way

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Shelby G. Floyd

One of the favorite figures of speech applied to the church is that of a way, a path, and a road that leads from one place to another. 

Do All Religious Roads Lead to Heaven?

Christianity is a definite way over which the redeemed pass from earth to heaven. In a day when highways and roads are so familiar, it is easy for some people to get the idea that there are many ways for one to reach heaven. It is a popular doctrine that we are all going to heaven in different ways. While this is popular, is it the truth?

The Highway of Holiness

About 700 years before Christ made his advent into the world, the prophet Isaiah, looking through the tele­scope of prophecy, pointed out the way over which every child of God must pass in entering the city that hath foundations whose builder and maker is God:

A highway shall be there, and a road, 
And it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. 
The unclean shall not pass over it, 
But it shall be for others. 
Whoever walks the road, although a fool, 
Shall not go astray.
—Isaiah 35: 8 NKJV

The prophecy of Isaiah found its consummation in Jesus Christ. 

Jesus Is the Only Way

Jesus, in his sermons during his earthly ministry pointed the people to the only true and living way. He said that he was the way, the truth and the life, and that no man could come unto the Father ex­cept by him (John 14: 4, 6).   

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