All Streams Lead to Christ

The splendor of God’s revelation is that it is both manifold and one. /

Certainly, the Word of revelation did not simply fall from heaven in the person of Christ; the single, rushing torrent was fed, as it were, by many already existing streams; there is a period of preparation, a kind of crescendo up to the full volume of the divine voice in the world: “In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by the Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world” (Heb. 1:1–2).

But today, presented with a single river, we see in these streams nothing other than the river’s tributaries, rushing headlong to meet it and merging completely, in the fullness of time, with the unique Word which says everything. It is impossible to listen to any individual word of God without hearing the Son who is the Word.

Moreover, it is futile to leaf through the writings of the Old and New Covenants in the hope of coming across truths of one kind or another, unless we are prepared to be exposed to a direct encounter with him, with this personal, utterly free Word which makes sovereign claims upon us: “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me; yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:39–40; 46–47).

He gathers up all the words of God scattered throughout the world and concentrates them in himself, the intense focus of revelation. “Through whom also he created the world,” says Paul, indicating that he is not thinking ...

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Issue 11 / December 11, 2014
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  3. Tiny Creatures of Great Worth

    Bacteria: there are trillions of them. And many are on our side. /

  4. Gaudete

    Which is to say, rejoice! /

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