God Speaks

god_speaksThen God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)

Then God said. This is the first recorded instance of God saying something. Later in the Bible, the prophet’s message would often be preceded by the phrase “the word of the Lord came.

When Genesis 1:3 is compared with John 1:1-3, 14, it’s clear that the One doing the speaking is none other than the Lord Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate state. “In the beginning was the Word … and the Word was God … all things were made through Him … and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

It’s dramatic. The eternal Son of God expresses His infinite power by speaking light into existence. Literally, He said “Light, be! And there was light.” The most powerful force of energy in the physical universe—light itself—came into existence by a single word from the Word who would become flesh.

Obviously, God wanted to express Himself. He wanted to make contact with His creation, and especially with human beings. That’s why He has spoken.

He still does want to make contact with human beings. Therefore, He speaks.

In the past, He has spoken to us in what we call general revelation. General revelation is God revealing Himself through His creation, through the things that are made (Psalms 19:1-3; Romans 1:19-20).

He has also spoken to us by the words of the Bible. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” we’re told in 2 Timothy 3:16. Literally, that verse tells us that the words of scripture were breathed out by God Himself … the entire 66 books, including every word.

Finally, He has spoken to us in and through Jesus Christ.

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, {2} has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds… (Hebrews 1:1-2)

It’s wonderful: God has spoken, and has not kept silent, and does not keep silent. He speaks the language of Jesus to everyone whose hearts are open and willing to hear.

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27)

What a glorious thing: God speaks to us what we see all around us, in the Bible, and by Jesus Himself. We need not miss hearing His voice.

For Further Review

1.  What do you think: does God speak today? List why you answered as you did. 

2.  Have you experienced God speaking to you through His word, the Bible? Jot down an example in your own life for your own encouragement.

3.  What actions or attitudes might you embrace to increase your hearing of God’s voice? Be as specific as you can, and then ask the Lord to help you do them.

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  1. tammi sponseller
    February 5, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Excellent!! This is such a quick yet informative way to learn, and your teaching is easy to understand and to apply. I know this will be a great study in book form someday!! 🙂 God bless you! I look forward to the next one!!

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