Some have said that God no longer speaks to mankind from heaven. They presume that He has said everything He wants to say in the Bible. There are even those who have gone so far as to say that God is a spirit and does not have a physical voice. They think that the idea of ‘hearing’ to the voice of God is nothing more than religious nonsense. Others think that God has already said everything He has to say in the Bible and no longer speaks to men. But what does the Bible actually say about this? First, the answer to the question of whether God still speaks to mankind can be found in the book of Hebrews in the New Testament (today). ~ “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth” (Hebrews 12.25,26). Next, the physical voice of God the Father has been discernibly heard many times on the earth by a great number of people.
The Father’s Voice
We see that the Father spoke in an audible voice various times in the New Testament, one of which is recorded in the gospel of Matthew. ~ “While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him! And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid” (Matthew 17.5,6). No one can forget when the Father’s voice was heard by the entire nation of her Israel in the desert wilderness of Mount Sanai. ~ “The mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore… and so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling” (Hebrews 12.18-21).
The Voice of the Good Shepherd
Additionally, we know that the voice of Jesus was audibly heard for the thirty-three years of His terrestrial ministry, and that the spiritual voice of Messiah is still heard by each and every one of His sheep. ~ “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (Juhn 10.27). Those who claim that God no longer speaks to His children from heaven obviously have never read the Bible and are not sheep of the Lord Jesus Christ. Furthermore, Christ is still speaking to His holy apostles and ministers via the ministry of the Holy Spirit. As His time on earth began to wane and the moment of His departure drew neigh, it is recorded in the gospel of John that Jesus declared openly to His disciples ~ “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come (John 16.12,13).
Jesus is Still Preaching
Jesus Christ is still not only talking to His people He is walking among them today, teaching them and working miracles to confirm the word of God when it preached under the guidance and anointing of the Holy Spirit as it was when Jesus spoke it. ~ ” And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16.15,20). Jesus is still preaching to the multitudes, teaching His disciples and performing great signs and wonders to confirm His word wherever it is preached in faith. The Bible says that ~ “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13.8). He never changes. He is still watching over His disciples when they get trapped in the storms of life. He is still walking over the waters to come and save them, and He is still multiplying the loaves to feed the many thousands who don’t have enough to eat. ~ “Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying…He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13.3,9).
Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.