God has never communicated to us through our souls. In the Garden of Eden, God spoke with Adam and Eve and taught them how they should live (Genesis 2:16-18; cf. Genesis 3:8-9).
However, after Genesis 3 the situation was very different. Adam and Eve were now excluded from the Garden of Eden and from God’s presence (Genesis 3:23-24). Additionally, as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin our whole nature has been changed; none of us desire God, but rather reject and ignore him. In Romans 1 Paul explains how humanity responds to God:
“The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).
Paul says that since creation, God’s invisible qualities (His eternal power and divine nature) have been clearly seen. However, what do people do with this clear knowledge of God? They suppress it, they try to deny it, to ignore it. Therefore, knowledge of God from creation is practically of no value to the non-Christian – it is suppressed.
How then can anyone be saved and listen to God? Only by listening to God’s voice in Scripture. Scripture, which is the Word of God, is described as being:
“…living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:12-13).
In other words, whereas sinful man suppresses knowledge of God through creation, God’s Word exposes sinful man for what he really is. It is God’s Word that brings the spiritually dead to life (John 5:24-25). This is why God must speak to us through His Word. If He does not then there is no hope for any of us. So read the Bible, knowing that it is how God speaks to us, and that His Word is powerful to expose us and to change us. Praise God!
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