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Monday, November 14, 2011

God Is A God Who Speaks!

God is the three O's.  He is Omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.  He is all powerful, all knowing, and all places at the same time.  Yet, he takes time to speak to us.  I love that and it gives me strength and courage to fight through the difficult times on life.   Does God really speak to every person on earth in some unknown manner placing His word in the minds and hearts of people? Jer 31:33    Well Let's see see how God communicated to the writers of the Old Testament.

Moses, who authored the first five books (Pentateuch), spoke directly to God.  He spoke to God "face to face" Ex 33:9-11  and on these occasions, Moses wrote down what the Lord said. Ex 24:4  Now, it must be understood that God didn't speak face to face with all the authors.  We know that there was not another prophet like Moses. Dt 34:10  

So how did He speak to the others?  Well, God revealed His word to the others.  Consider some of the following and how they received their messages from God.
Isaiah had a vision. Isa 1:1   The same with Ezekiel. Eze 1:1  The word "came to Jonah." Jon 1:1   You will see the few verses of the books of the prophets will say similar expressions by most of them.  These dreams and visions are different than most people had.  Peter addresses these dreams and visions in 2Pe 1:21.

Now we we look to see how God spoke to the writers of the New Testament.  Heb 1:1,2 says God spoke to us "by His Son."  Heb 9:15 declares that Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant.  You're thinking, "Wait a minute, Christ didn't write all the New Testament books" and you're correct because Matthew, Mark, Luke, John  Paul, James, Jude, and Peter wrote the books.  Notice how these men were used of God to write His Word.

Jesus, by His own admission in Jn 17:8, delivered God's Word to them.  He then commanded that they go, make disciples, baptize these disciples, and teach these new disciples "all that He commanded. Mt 28:19,20.  

The difficulty is that these men who are called to write God's Word were mere human and are subject to error and forgetfulness.  Jesus knew and understood that so he for a helper to be sent. This helper was to "bring to remembrance" the things that Jesus taught. Jn 14:26  The Holy Spirit even "revealed" things to these men. Eph 3:3-5   He, the Holy Spirit, came on the day of Pentecost and those who were called to write the books of the New Testament spoke "as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2:1-4  That is how we know that scripture is from God!  2Ti 3:16

It is plain to see that God is speaking to us today through His mighty written Word. God wants us to be blessed and meditate on it day and night.  Ps 1:1,2  We must lock His Word in our hearts so we might not sin against Him. Ps 119:11.

God is speaking to you.  That is a fact.  The question is...   ARE YOU LISTENING?

Hear The Word-  Rom 10:17; Acts 4:4

We Must Believe or Have Faith-  Heb 11:6; Acts 16:31

We Must Repent-  Lk 13:3; Acts 17:30

We Must Confess Christ Before Others-  Mt 10:32; Acts 8:37

We Must Be Immersed Into Christ (Baptized)-  1Pe 3:21; Mk 16:16; Acts 2:38  

We Must Remain Faithful-  Rev 2:10; Acts 14:22   

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