Is God Talking to Me? (2)

I’ve been told I suffer from a hearing disorder – it’s selective hearing.  I think it’s a universal human condition.  We all hear what we want to hear.

If God were talking to me, would I want to hear Him?  Boy, I’d hope so!

Well, He is talking to me.  So, if I really do want to hear I need to know how He’s speaking.

The Bible plainly affirms that God spoke in times past in a variety of ways to men, but that has all changed.  He’s now speaking to us in His Son (Heb. 1:1-2).

There is no way we can claim to be hearing God – who speaks in His Son – if we’re not in the four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (see THIS POST).  But that’s just a small part of the Bible…doesn’t the rest of it play a role too?  We previously used a target as an illustration: Jesus is the bull’s eye, the Gospels are the first ring immediately surrounding it.  Now we move out to the next ring.

Actually, it’s Jesus Himself who directs us first to the remainder of the New Testament.

Follow Jesus’ Lead

Jesus promised His apostles that after He left this earth He would still provide for them in their work.  That help would come in the person of the Holy Spirit (He’s even called “the Helper” – John 14:26).  What the Spirit would do is to guide them into “all truth” and to cause them to remember all the words Jesus has spoken to them (John 14:26; 16:13).  Consequently, when these men spoke and wrote, their message was in reality the message of Jesus.

And that’s what we find in the rest of the New Testament – things written by these Holy Spirit inspired men.

As one would expect, that’s exactly what the Bible claims.  The apostle Paul says that anyone who is “spiritual” should “acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord” (1 Cor. 14:37).  He also said, “we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God” (1 Thess. 2:13).

The message in all of the New Testament is the message of Jesus.  God is speaking in His Son through these men.  If we ignore or neglect them, we’re ignoring and neglecting God’s speaking to us.

Another Way To Think About This

There’s another way to look at this.  Think about this: the Gospels introduce us to Jesus as God’s Son and the one through whom God provides salvation.  That’s Matthew through John.

Following that, after Jesus leaves this earth, His apostles begin to spread His message (as per his instructions – Matt. 28:19-20).  In the book of Acts we get to see what happened when people heard about Jesus through the preaching of men.  We see their coming to faith and their faith response to the message they heard.  That’s the book of Acts.

Next come the letters written both to congregations and individuals who have come to faith (Romans to Jude).  These are instructions on Christian living and for the church.  It’s Jesus’ instruction to His followers, His church.

Finally comes Revelation, a book of prophecy focusing ultimately on the eternal hope we have in Jesus Christ.

So, in order to hear God we need to listen to Jesus.  In order to listen to Jesus we need to read the Gospel accounts as well as all of the New Testament.

We’re not yet quite done are we?  How about the other half of the Bible?  What about the Old Testament?  Does it play a role too?

As you might have guessed, yes, it does.  So, let’s learn what that role is.  And we will.  Soon

But for now,…

God bless,

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