How God Speaks to Us Today

How God Speaks to Us TodayText: Hebrews 1:1-3

It is not uncommon to hear someone say that God told them or showed them something. We might be tempted to question their sincerity, but often those who claim this are very sincere. Has God given them some special, direct revelation? Might He do the same for us? The Bible explains how God speaks to us today so we can know what to expect.

How God Spoke to Man Previously (v. 1)

  • To the fathers – Patriarchal dispensation (Noah, Abraham, etc.)
  • In the prophets – Moses (Acts 3:22) and others
  • In many portions – the revelation was incomplete (1 Peter 1:10-11); not fully revealed
  • In many ways – speaking, dreams, signs, miracles, etc.

God Speaks to us Today through His Son (v. 2)

  • Jesus is the spokesman for God (John 18:37) – Why Jesus?
  • He is the Son of God – through Him we see the Father (John 1:18)
  • He is the Creator – as “the Word” He created us (John 1:1-3)
  • He is Deity (Colossians 2:9) – therefore, He cannot lie (Titus 1:2)
  • He is the Redeemer (1 Peter 1:18-19) – proves that He has our best interest at heart
  • He is in a position of authority (Matthew 7:28-29; 28:18)

How Do We Get Christ’s Message Today?

  • Jesus is the spokesman, but He is now in heaven (Hebrews 8:1) – so how do we receive His message today?
  • Through the apostles – they were His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20); the apostles’ teachings carry the same weight as Christ’s teaching (1 Corinthians 14:37; 1 Thessalonians 4:2; 2 Peter 3:2)
  • Where did the apostles receive their words? – through inspiration of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26; 15:26-27; 16:13); spiritual gifts were imparted to help with this process (1 Corinthians 12:7-11); eventually, the time of spiritual gifts and the direct work of the Spirit would cease (1 Corinthians 13:8-10); the instrument the Spirit uses today is the word (Ephesians 6:17)
  • If we want to know what God wants of us, we must look to His word (2 Timothy 3:16-17; cf. John 17:17)

Other Avenues People Try to Use

  • Many want to go beyond God’s word and claim that God speaks to them through some other means – what are some other sources where people try to find God’s will?
  • Religious leaders – we are not to believe everything we hear (1 John 4:1, 6); examine everything (1 Thessalonians 5:21-22)
  • Dreams/visions – they attribute their imagination to God; God’s word is complete (Jude 3)
  • Feelings/emotions – if something “feels good” they think it must be right (Jeremiah 10:23; 17:9)
  • Signs (1 Corinthians 1:22-23) – these are no longer necessary (Mark 16:17-20; 1 Corinthians 13:8-10)
  • Other religions – Jesus is the spokesman; He is the only way (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)

Conclusion

  • God has given us everything we need through His word (2 Peter 1:3)
  • If we want to know anything from Him, we must go to the Scriptures He revealed to us

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