Thursday, November 29, 2012

Is God Speaking Today?

A 41-year old woman in Florida was chased and stopped by the police for her reckless and over speed driving at 100 miles in the 30 mile speed limit zone in a residential street.

After being arrested, she yelled at the police and saying, it was not her intention but by the voice of God telling her to do that. Out of resentment, the cop who questioned her replied, “It is not my intention but God’s voice to put you under arrest. You got it?”

When I read this story, I became to meditate on the Word of God in Hebrews 1:1-2;

“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.”

He has spoken to us by His Son (ἐλάλησεν ἡμῖν ἐν υἱῷ elaleisen heimin en huioo)

The verb ‘ἐλάλησεν’ used here is the Aorist tense in Koine Greek, which is a class of verb forms that generally portray a situation as simple or undivided, that is, as having perfective aspect that  is a grammatical aspect used to describe a situation viewed as a simple whole, whether that situation occurs in the past, present, or future.

Based on the above, we can believe that God Has Spoken Everything to us By His Son Jesus and His Word is recorded in the Bible.

But the question is: “Is God Speaking Today?”

The final court of appeals determining the identity of the voice of God, if it is such, must be the direct instructions or at least the examples found in Scripture. The Scriptures claim to be the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20, 21). They are inspired, once for all, by the Holy Spirit, enabling prophets and apostles, using their own personalities, to write God’s words as He intended (Hebrews 1:1,2; 2:3,4; Acts 5:12; 2 Corinthians 12:12).

I believe with the closure of Scripture, direct, infallible, authoritative revelation from God has ceased for this age (Revelation 22:18, 19; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; Jude 3, 4; 2 Peter 3:2). It is instructive to note when Paul wrote his last epistle to pastor/friend Timothy about leading the church of God, he did not encourage Timothy to focus on new revelations, impressions, feelings or hunches. Rather, he continually turned him to the Word of God and the doctrines contained therein (2 Timothy 2:2-14, 15; 3:15-17; 4:2-4).

I find this to be the emphasis of the New Testament. As Donald S. Whitney reminds us,

“The evangelistic method of Jesus and the apostles was not to urge people to seek direct experiences with God; instead they went about preaching and teaching the Scriptures (see, for instance, Mark 1:14-15).  And Jesus did not say that once we have spiritual life we live by direct mystical experience with God; rather, we “live … on every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). That includes the “good work” of growing in the knowledge of God and likeness to Christ. So in Scripture the normative method of meeting God is through Scripture.

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