How does that strike you?
Hebrews 1:1 – 3 tells us that we have it better. How could that be? Nothing new from God in 2012 years? As I thought through that the other day I was overwhelmed with two implications.
First, God did not need to add to the revelation in the Bible because it is complete. All that we need to know about God is captured in those 66 books. That is a mind blower. It elevates significantly the importance of what is contained in the words recorded there. It explains the dedication of scholars throughout those 2013 years to dive deeply into the structure and vocabulary of the original languages.
Second, the incredible gift of the Holy Spirit. Prior to Acts 2 the Spirit was temporarily and selectively resident with a few people. After Acts 2, radical change. All those who have trusted Christ have the Spirit resident in them. That is significant in parallel with the first point. The Spirit is the ultimate author through His inspiration of the authors of all of the content in the 66 books we have. In John 16:13 – 14 Christ describes part of the Spirit’s role in our lives. He is to lead us into all truth. So when we open the Word of God to read or study we have the author with us to lead us in to understanding the truth. That is a relatively big deal.
So yes, we do have it better. We have the revelation of the nature and character of God complete and the Spirit who inspired us to lead us through it.
The insane thing is that we take that for granted.