Who gets the last word in your home? Who gets the last word in your professional career? Who gets the last word in your friendships? The Bible makes is crystal clear who is to get the last word in every sphere of our lives.
In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
Here we see that Jesus is the Father’s last and final word to us, which tells us that Jesus is to get the last word in every area of our lives. The last word has to be the Word of God and Jesus is the Word of God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)
The authority in the life of the believer is the Word of God. Jesus is the last Word in both life and death. When anything stands in opposition to the revealed truth in sacred Scripture, we are to follow God’s will and not our own, regardless of the cost or circumstance. “Do not add to his words,” Scripture warns, “or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar” (Proverbs 30:6).
But what about those areas where God is silent regarding the specifics of how we are to conduct ourselves?
- What to wear
- Where to work
- What to eat
- What to drive
- Whom to marry
- Where we should live
God allows us to have the last word regarding those things, but He expects us to stay within the framework of the revealed truth of Scripture. In the question of whom to marry, for example, the Scriptures tell us not to be unequally yoked (2 Corinthians 6:14), which should discourage us from marrying an unbeliever. The Scriptures tell us not to live beyond our means and to steward appropriately the time, talent, and treasure God has given to us (1 Corinthians 8:6).
Christian liberty is the term that we use to cover the countless activities where the Bible is silent in giving us specific guidance and direction. Yet in all of those decisions, Jesus is still the last word because of the guiding principles that are rooted in Scripture. One of the most important Scriptures related to our liberty in our Lord came from the pen of the apostle Paul.
You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love.” (Galatians 5:13)
Where the Scriptures are silent, we are to align our choices and decisions in the direction of bringing glory to God. We are to put the truths of the Gospel on display for all the world to see. We are not to indulge the self, simply because we cannot see a specific prohibition against some activity. Even in our liberty as Christians, Jesus still has the last word because what we do must always bring glory to God and be beneficial for others. Remember, even in the specific areas of life where the Bible is silent, it still speaks; and it speaks with the authority of having the last word!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!