The history of mankind can be summed up in us striving to know and be like God without God’s Word. It is mainly a story of our pride. It takes humility to say, “I need the Word of God; there is no other way!” It takes meekness to accept the way God has chosen, to receive what he has elected, rather than invent our own way. Moreover, we need to be lowly to listen to the Word of God through another human being.
Hearing the Word of God through another person often causes us to stumble. We get so familiar with people; we do not like anybody to be better than us. We have a sense that human beings are unworthy vessels of God, undeserving to speak God’s perfect Word. It is true, we do not measure up. However, God has always chosen to speak his Word to and through his creation. The Bible is just that: God’s Word spoken to and through mankind. Furthermore, the Scripture’s very climax and consummation is God’s Word spoken to and through a man—Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1-3).
This is the reason John the apostle sees it as essential that Jesus Christ is received as a true man, coming in the flesh. He warns, “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God…This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God” (1 John 4:1-3). We need to humble ourselves to embrace God’s way–the way of his Word and his way of choosing frail flesh and blood. We need to acknowledge that our Lord did not bypass flesh but came into it to redeem it. Jesus condescended to become man and so lifted up man into his lofty presence.
Prayer: God, I embrace your Word–the holy Scripture–written through men, men who have the same failings that are common to all. May I honor your preachers and my brothers who speak God’s Word to me, even though they are not perfect. And most of all, may I acknowledge that my Savior came in flesh and blood and thus brought honor to man’s weakness.