Heb. 1:1-2 says “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 has appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world”.
This passage gives us two Testaments, and how God speaks in both. “long ago and at many times”, is talking about the Old testament. And it says God spoke to the people at the time by the prophets. In the time of the Old Testament, God used many ways but especially the prophets to speak to His people. And if you look at the Old Testament prophecy, you will realize that they were in line with the Torah (the five books of Moses). That is, if they were not reminding the people of Israel about the Law, they were warning them about the calamities about to come because they had disobeyed the Law.
The next part of the passage gives how God speaks to us today. It says, “but in the last days He has spoken to us by His Son”. And where else could we find the words of His Son but in the Bible! So, the simple answer to the question “how God speaks to us today” is, God will always lead us to the Bible, specifically to those passages in the Bible where the principles are applicable to our situations. He will guide us to find out the meaning that the original receivers of that passage got and apply it to in our circumstance. For example, a young man wants to get married. He is advised to pray to God for a girl. In most cases the ways people know that God speaks are; dreams, visions, someone comes with the “word from God”, or a prophet in the church. But in this case, God will lead you to a passage like (Prov. 18:22) where it says, “He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from God”. And on this topic, God has given us guidelines of who to marry. For a man, she must be someone you love, one you are willing to give the whole of yourself to, someone you care for, and someone you will treat the way you treat your own body, and one that you can give your body to alone(sex) (Eph. 5:25-29, 31). If you find her with the fruit of the spirit even if not all, but yearns to grow in them, that is the one (Gal. 5:22-23). And if you are a girl, you are asking questions like, can I submit to this man, with the submission that Christ gets from the church? Can he be my own husband, my head, one that I will love and give my body to, support, pray for, etc. is he a man developing the fruit of the Spirit in himself (Eph. 5:22-24, 31; Gal. 5:22-23)? If you find these in him, then he is the one. This is one example of how God speaks to us through His word today.
David Balage Leader of Discipleship at The House Church
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