Does God only speak to us through the Bible?

Does God only speak to us through the Bible?

What about the Bible makes it different from the words of humans? The Bible came to us through human authors who were guided by God (2 Peter 1:20-21; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-2). From the beginning it was considered unique (Deuteronomy 4:8) and authoritative (Deuteronomy 12:32; Matthew 5:18). The authority of the Bible makes it the standard by which all other words and actions are measured (Deuteronomy 32:1-5; Proverbs 30:5-6; Hebrews 4:12; 2Peter 3:14-16).

The Bible is complete

Christians believe that God’s written revelation, the Bible, is complete. When Moses first introduced the Law, and when John closed the Book of Revelation, each warned against adding or removing from the Word of God (Deuteronomy 4:2; Revelation 22:18-19).

Teaching from Bible

When Christians are speaking in God’s name today, their teaching should line up with what God has already revealed in the Bible. Through the ages people have claimed to speak for God, but if their words do not align with Scripture, especially in proclaiming Jesus as God and Saviour, then we know that they are not from God (Deuteronomy 18:20; Galatians 1:8-9; 1Timothy 6:3-5). Good teaching or sharing is based on careful consideration of God’s Word, whether through meditation (Psalm 1:1-3) or through study (Acts 17:10-11; 2Timothy 2:15).

God wants us to share His words

God wants us to share His words with one another. In Deuteronomy Moses wrote, “These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Deuteronomy 6:6-9). Colossians 3:6 commands us to “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” In 1 Timothy 4:13 Paul urged his co-worker Timothy to “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.” Jesus’ last words on earth clearly show that we are to express God’s words in the world “… make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

How does this Bible passage speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

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Biblword is a ministry of GlobalRize. Marten Visser is the founding director of GlobalRize. Marten is a pastor from The Netherlands with long years of experience as a missionary in Thailand. We now have around 200 people from all over the world involved in GlobalRize’s ministry. Besides the English page, Biblword also exists in 13 other languages on Facebook.

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