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Do humans receive messages from God?
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To best answer your question it is important to concisely explain the history of God's relationship with his people.
In the beginning God created men and women in his image. He spoke verbally to them and they heard his voice and responded. It was possible to have an audible conversation with God. Examples can be found at the beginning of the Bible:
But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, "Where are you?" And he said, "I heard the sound of you in the garden" (Genesis 3:9-10)
God called to the man…and the man heard God.
However right at the beginning man also turned away from God and disobeyed God.
Because God is perfectly Holy, the wrong things we do against God act as a barrier, stopping us from being able to communicate directly with God.
As Bible history developed it is clear that God does continue to speak to people, but only a select few people who are leaders of God's people. God chose to speak with them as he made them a Holy people. People like Abraham, Noah, Moses, Joseph, David, Isaiah and Micah. These people were leaders and prophets. The prophets passed on the messages of God to God's people.
The Bible itself teaches us:
Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 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. (Hebrews 1:1-2)
God then sent his Son Jesus to restore man's relationship back to God. Jesus lived a perfect life, which we could not, and he died in our place for the wrong we have done. Being raised to new life he offers forgiveness and a restored relationship to God for all who follow him. Jesus also promised to send the Holy Spirit as a promise of the new life and of the new heavens to come.
God has spoken to us by his Son. Jesus also said that the Holy Spirit will speak to us.
"These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you". (John 14:25-26)
Some people believe that Jesus was speaking about the completion of the Holy Bible. All of God's message can now be read in one place. This is why the Churches have Bible studies.
During the early church, before the completion of the Bible, God did speak directly to people:
And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" And he said, "Who are you, Lord?" And he said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do." (Acts 9:4-6)
Some churches believe that when the Holy Bible was completed, shortly after the events recorded in Acts 9:4-6, that God stopped speaking audibly through prophets.
Other churches believe that God can speak through the prophetic gifts today. The Apostle Paul wrote to one Church:
On the other hand, the one who prophesies speaks to people for their up-building and encouragement and consolation. (1 Corinthians 14:3)
There are still some groups of Christians that believe God can speak to them. Others believe that God has spoken all that is necessary through the Bible. You cannot go wrong with studying the Bible and believing it is God's divine word to us.
I personally believe that God can speak today through conviction of sin in a person's conscience, through God's people when the Bible is preached, through words of encouragement or rebuke, through circumstantial signs. God, in all his power, certainly can speak audibly today, but Christians disagree about whether He does so, or at least whether this is a normal Christian experience. We still live and work together for the glory on the basis that the SURE revelation of God for all of us is the Bible, God's trustworthy message.
In this answer I have just started to scratch the surface about God's revelation. I would like to encourage you to continue looking into the subject, speaking to the Church you have been attending, and praying for God's guidance. I want to encourage you to get more involved with your local church. It would be good to speak to a Christian leader or another trusted church individual regarding your question. If you do not attend a church, then the Looking for God Church Directory may help you: Find a Church
The most important issue here is that I want to encourage you to put your faith in the work of Jesus' death and resurrection.
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Genesis 3:9-10
- Hebrews 1:1-2
- John 14:25-26
I hope this answer helps you to find peace with God through Jesus Christ. If you want to know more about what Jesus has done for you please watch the video on the main part of our site: Watch the video
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