God never says anything unless it is important and worth remembering
- He does not engage in chitchat
- He doesn’t preface His remarks with anything
- God is always to the point and He always says things precisely and concisely
God speaks clearly because He has specific objective in mind
- So it is good to know – very beneficial to know – God’s goal in speaking to us
Three primary reasons God speaks to His people
- Comprehend the Truth
- Conformed to the Truth
- Communicate the Truth
Comprehend the Truth
When God speaks to us, His first goal is that we may comprehend (understand) the Truth
Understand fully what He has said and is saying (revealed and revealing)
God has given to all believers a divine Person who lives within us to help us receive and understand the truth
1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has solved the problem Paul is expressing
1 Corinthians 2:10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
God has given to us the Holy Spirit who lives within us
He perfectly knows the mind of God
He received and communicates to our spirits the truth God wants us to hear
1 Corinthians 2:12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.
Greek for “know” is ‘oido’ which means “fullness of knowledge”
There are three primary areas God wants us to comprehend
First of all, He wants us to know the truth about Himself
He wants us to grasp His majesty
As we grasp (comprehend) these mighty truths about the person of God our lives are:
Paul’s goal was to know God – Philippians 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death
The Amplified Version: “[For my determined purpose is] that I may Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and clearly], and that I many in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death …
Paul knew Him in the many facets of His personality
Jesus as Deliverer from a Philippian jail
As Comforter when being whipped and flogged
Healer on the Isle of Malta
Guide on his apostolic journeys
Second, God wants us to know the truth about ourselves
God wants us to know who we are in His Son Jesus Christ (position)
1 Corinthians 1:30a But of Him you are in Christ Jesus…
God wants us to know our privileges as children of God (privileges)
God wants us to know and walk in supernatural power (power)
God wants us to know the peculiarities that sometimes hinder us (peculiarities)
God wants us to know what He has given to us through His grace
Thirdly, God wants us to know the truth about other people
That as believers they are instruments in His hands
Once we know these truths – about God, ourselves, and others we are more thoroughly equipped to be fruitful, productive servants of God here in our world.
Conformed to the Truth
The second part of God’s goal in communicating to us is that we may be conformed to the truth
Romans 8:29b … to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
How is God going to conform us to His image?
By revealing the truth of His likeness
As we conform to the truth we look more and more like Jesus who is the Truth
If we rebel and refuse to conform then the world will squeeze us into its mould (Romans 12:2)
We are to listen to the Truth in order to comprehend (#1) and we comprehend in order to be conformed (#2)
Shaped and conformed to His truth
God never speaks in order to entertain us
James 1:23-24 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.
Not just hear – we are to obey
Not just glance at the Word – grasp the Word
We are either in the process of resisting God’s truth or in the process of being shaped and moulded by His truth
Communicate the truth
The third objective God has in speaking is that we may communicate the truth
God never gives us anything to keep for ourselves
Money, insight, or truth – it has to be shared
Matthew 28:18-20a Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, “teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you …
Acts 1:8a “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me …”
Jesus very clearly let His disciples know that the truth He had taught them was not to be kept in a personal reservoir of knowledge
They were to give away everything they had received
2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Passing on to others everything that he had learned from Paul
We are called as Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) and as ambassadors we are to communicate what the King of the Kingdom we represent tells us on a daily basis
The divine Plan and purpose of God
The scriptural principles by which humans are to live
So now, be honest with yourself, and evaluate your responses to God’s communications in your own life
- Are you applying what God has shown you to your own life on a daily basis?
- When we COMPREHEND the truth, are we CONFORMING ourselves to the image of Christ?
- Are we then COMMUNICATING this truth to others?