Does God speak to you? Has God ever spoken to you? Do you know someone who claims that God has spoken to them?
Many claims about God today can be easily countered by what God Himself has said in His word. One of those claims is that of God “speaking” to men directly today. But let us read the words of the Holy Spirit Himself in this connection:
Long ago, God spoke to our fathers at many times and in many different ways.
But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed
the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world.
H E B R E W S 1 : 1 , 2
Let us “unpack” and consider these “God-breathed” words:
“Long ago,” something happened.
This thing happened “at many times and in many ways.”
This thing was that “God spoke” to men, primarily via prophets.
“But in these last days” (the Christian age), it is different.
It is different in that God no longer SPEAKS to man “in many ways.”
Instead, “He HAS SPOKEN to us by His Son.”
When we pair this with many other relevant statements in the NT, it becomes abundantly clear that God has already given us the word that He wants us to have, for all things spiritual, and for all time. He does NOT speak to people directly or verbally today.
The apostle Paul once reminded some Christians that he had received the gospel by direct revelation from the Lord (Eph. 3:3; cp. Gal. 1:11,12); but he did not lead them to believe that they should expect the same. Rather, he told them how they could “perceive“ what he had received: “when you read this [what I have written]” (Eph. 3:4).
God has already given us the word that He wants us to have, for all things spiritual, and for all time. He does NOT speak to people directly/verbally today.
And so it is for all of us. God does speak to man today—but He does it exclusively through His written word. Do you let God speak to you by studying His word?
“The one who rejects Me and does not receive My words has a judge;
the word that I HAVE SPOKEN will judge him on the last day.”
J O H N 1 2 : 4 8