The writer to the Hebrews, in Hebrews 1:1-2, said, “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son…”
From these two verses we understand that in the past God spoke by many prophets to the fathers in sort of a piecemeal fashion, bit by bit. But now God speaks to us the whole truth by one person, Jesus Christ, who is the truth. When God spoke through these prophets He spoke in many different ways: through angels, visions, dreams, a burning bush, and even through a donkey (Nu. 22:28)! But now in these last days God speaks to us in His Son Jesus who brings to us the full revelation of God.
When Jesus first came to this earth as a man, He spoke to us in the flesh as God. The Bible says, “And we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (Jn. 1:14).
After Jesus ascension, both He and His Father sent to us “another Helper,” who is also called the Spirit of truth or the Holy Spirit (Jn. 14:16-17). Hence, now God speaks to us, still in Jesus, but through the Holy Spirit. Yes, Jesus is always here with us, for He said to His disciples and He has said to us, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you” (Jn. 14:18). Jesus has come to us in the form of the Holy Spirit. James A. Stewart wrote,
It is the whole work of the comforter to bear witness of Christ, to reveal Christ, and to glorify Christ in our experience. We will never really know Christ except by direct revelation of the Spirit…Not only does the Spirit reveal Christ, but He also forms the indwelling Christ in our hearts and minds. Our Redeemer promised, ‘I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to you.’ He would come to them by the person of the Holy Spirit, who is now the vice-regent of Christ. When the Comforter comes He forms within the believer the living Christ.
Yes, through the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit Christ dwells in our heart, and He continues to speak to us. What a marvelous thing!
Furthermore, Jesus brings to us, by the Holy Spirit, the full revelation of God in Himself. Accordingly, John tells us in John 1:14 that Jesus is the Word, or the Logos who became flesh. That term logos is the Greek term for the expression or the revelation of God. Jesus then is the logos, or the Word of God—which has been given to us as the Bible.
Now when God speaks to us in His Son Jesus, through the Holy Spirit, His voice may be heard through any one of several means; or perhaps through one means, then by another, and then by another. That is, when He speaks to us, we may hear Him vaguely through an inner voice, then through the words of the Bible, then through prayer, then through circumstances, and then confirm His Word to us through a person. And there may be other means as well. But these five means seem to be the most basic ways God is now speaking to us—which I will write about in my next blog post.