God has used and still uses multiple modes of communication to speak to man. The Bible testifies of many ways that people have heard God speak to them and also of how we can hear God speak to us today.
For example, people can get revelation from God through members of the body of Christ through a word they are given or a testimony that resonates with them. They may even have dreams or visions from God.
God also speaks through His creation all around us and has even caused a donkey to literally speak to a man.
That said, God is Spirit and ideally He wants to ultimately be reaching man’s spirit when communicating with him.
The purpose of this post is to prove that receiving God’s word while reading the Bible is equivalent to receiving a word directly from God. Both are a way to receive revelation from God. Both are God’s word. The only difference is the route to get to us.
Below are examples of each, that is, God using writing and a direct word to give man revelation.
Revelation from God’s Written Word
The Gospel of John says, “these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (John 20:21).
Revelation Directly from God
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Mat 16:13-18).
Looking at these two examples, we can see that the written word of God is of equal authority to a direct word from God.
So, when we read the Bible, let us recognize that it is God’s word.
Here are further posts concerning the Bible:
Jesus and the Bible, Separate but Inseparable
“I Hate You” – The Living Power of The Written word
What Did Jesus Write In the Sand?
The Words of the Bible are Alive