God Spoke . . . and Hes Still
By Bob Slosser
God spoke to our forefathers "through the prophets"
and "by His Son," one Scripture writer said. Another quoted the Son
as telling the forefathers, "I have much more to say to you" by the
Holy Spirit, whom He calls "the Spirit of Truth," who "will guide
you into all truth."
Obviously, we, you and I, need to be listening all the time now, right
now, today, tomorrow; you can be sure Hes talking if He really has "much
more" to say to us. Furthermore, Hes your friend, a good one, and friends
The first writer mentioned was the author of Hebrews, who doesnt identify
himself. The other was John the apostle, "the disciple whom Jesus loved"
(John 13:23, etc., NIV). Read Hebrews 1:1-2 and John 16:12-15 for starters.
John 15:12-17 tells a lot about friendship; please read it, too.
This matter of Gods speaking is central to the faith, beloved. It means
we begin with God, not ourselves. The Creator, the Potter, speaks to the creature.
That way we dont make God in our image. He makes us in His image. He makes
us in His image and then explains it to us.
This drives the world crazy: when we say God has spoken. It gets only a little
bit upset when we speak of a mysterious God, far off, who might just be a
creation of our own minds. But when we insist that God has spoken, that changes
Weve been looking in recent weeks at the ways God speaks to His people
the gifts and how they work. You see, God truly does speak to us through the
church, through other people. But dont ever forget: He also speaks to us
through the Word, through circumstances, and directly.
The agent in all of this, of course, is the Holy Spirit, as we saw in John.
But lets look again at how Paul says it in 1 Corinthians 2:10b-16. Its so
practical that he says we have "the mind of Christ." Paul so rightly
expresses this as "power" look at 1 Corinthians 2:1-5. This, of
course, is how Jesus described it, too: "You will receive power when
the Holy Spirit comes on you" (Acts 1:8).
Remember, beloved, you have the Holy Spirit in you and upon you. If youve
been baptized in or with the Spirit, youve been saturated with the Spirit.
And as you stand in the Council of God (Jeremiah 23:16-22) you are in the
heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3) He can and will speak
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