Does God Still Speak To Us Today?
Does God still tell us His will for us today? If so, how does He do it? Some people claim He speaks to them in visions, in dreams, or through some emotional ‘feeling’ going on inside them. They might say, “I just know that God is leading me to _______…”, and you fill in the blank. Is this a biblical statement of belief?
According to God, personal communication through “prophecy” was going to end at some point in time. Paul writes, “when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away,” (1 Cor. 13:10). So the question is, what is “the perfect”? For the most part there are only 3 options:
Is “the perfect” heaven or Jesus’ return? It cannot be, because Paul says “faith” and “hope” will continue AFTER “the perfect” comes (1 Cor. 13:13). And “faith” and “hope” will not exist in heaven because we will be face to face with God (cf. Rom. 8:24 & Heb. 11:1, 6). Additionally, there is absolutely no mention of Jesus in the context of this section in 1 Corinthians. He is not being discussed.
Is “the perfect” a unity between Jews and Gentiles? It cannot be, because there is absolutely nothing in the context that would indicate this interpretation.
Is “the perfect” the completed revelation of God? This is the only logical and contextual understanding of the passage. “The perfect” came shortly before A.D. 100 when the entire revelation was completed and handed down to the church (c.f. Jude 3). Once the Bible was completed, there was no longer any need for personal communication with God or miracles. The only purpose of miracles was to confirm the messages of God’s true prophets (Heb. 2:3-4).
There is ONLY ONE WAY that God does still speak to us today. It’s through reading His Scriptures (Eph. 3:3-4; 2 Tim. 3:16-17). If God isn’t going to give us “signs” or “feelings that lead us”, then it only makes sense that we must be a people of the book.
If we really want to know God’s will for us, then we must be Bible toting, Bible quoting Christians.