Frequently Asked Questions
Does Jesus Speak To People Today?
Question: Does Jesus speak to some people today, either audibly, or by making a "mental impression on them"?
Answer: The question really becomes one of whether the Bible is sufficient, or must we look for later revelations. In 1 Cor. 2:10ff. we learn that the Holy Spirit searched the "things of God" and revealed them to the apostles. That which the Spirit revealed unto them was preached orally, and also put in written form, under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Paul "wrote" what had been revealed to him so that others could "read" (Eph. 3:3). God has granted unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Pet. 1:3). In Eph. 3:3-5 we are taught that God made known the truth of Christ by his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This fulfilled the promise Jesus had previously made to the apostles in John 16:13, that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. The Spirit did this. But the point is, that this inspired revelation is complete. We are furnished completely unto every good work (2 Tim. 3:16,17). The faith has been once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3). This does not leave room for additional revelations. Consider the principle of Gal. 1:9. cf.. 2 John 9. This word is God's power unto salvation (Rom. 1:16), and is the standard by which all will be judged (Jas. 2:12; John 12:48). Jesus calls by the Gospel (2 Thess. 2:14). Jesus speaks to us through the word (Heb.1:1,2). Consider how Jesus speaks to the churches (Rev. 2:1f). Likewise, the Spirit speaks expressly (1 Tim.4:1f), and, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches" (Rev. 2:7). Regarding having a mental impression that Jesus is speaking to one today: Remember that our feelings are not infallible. They are not our standard (Prov. 14:12; Jer. 10:23). Paul looked back at that time when he had been in error and still was able to say, "I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day" (Acts 23:1; 26:9). "The heart is deceitful above all things..." (Jer. 17:9). This is why we have the Bible. The evidence whereby we may know if we stand approved before God is not our feelings, even in good conscience, but rather whether our conduct is in harmony with God's word (Phil. 1:27; Jas. 1:21; 1 Pet. 1:22-23). There is no indication that Jesus speaks directly to anyone today, with either an audible voice, or through making mental impressions. If we want to hear Him speak, we must listen to His word, the Bible, and specifically the New Testament. Jesus knew that this is how faith in Him would come about: "I do not pray for these [apostles] alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word" (John 17:20).
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