God Has Always Been a Communicator

The Lasting Word of God

From the very beginning, God has always been in communication with His creation. Way back in Psalm 12:6, 7 we read, “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.” God had always intended for us to have His Word, and man has never been without the Word of God in one form or another.

Today we are blessed to have the entire and complete Word of God. There is nothing we can add to it. We certainly better not take anything away from it. We are warned in Revelation 22:18, 19 “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life . . . ."

Before the Bible . . .

Let us take some time and examine how God gave His message to man before the completion of the Book of Revelation. The first chapter of Hebrews verse one says, “God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom he also made the worlds .” What God is saying here is that He gave His Word at various times in various ways in times past. Keep in mind also that Christ, the Living Word cannot be separated from the written Word. He speaks today by and through His written revelation to man that we call the Bible. However many different methods were used before the completion of the Bible to speak to the messengers of God, the prophets.

God Spoke Face to Face

In the very beginning God revealed Himself directly to man. He gave commandments to man in Genesis 2:16. He brought Eve to Adam (Genesis 2:22). He walked with them in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). He conversed with Adam in Genesis 3:9, 10. God spoke directly to Cain in Genesis 4:6, and we are told that Enoch walked with God. God spoke mouth to mouth with Moses on Mount Sinai. God gave His Word at these times.

God Spoke Through Chrsitophanies

God also appeared to men in the form of Theophanies. These were pre-Bethlehem appearances of Christ also known as Christophanies. Genesis 18:1 and 2 mentions an account of a theophany. “And the LORD appeared unto him [Abraham] in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day; And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them, from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground." Notice that the LORD appeared to Abraham as three men—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Joshua met the pre-incarnate Christ in Joshua 5:13, 14. “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay: but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?” In both of these cases, God again is communicating His Word to man.

Please Baalam . . . Stop it already!

God Spoke Through a Donkey

Perhaps the most unusual way that God spoke in times past is found in Numbers 22:21-30. God even used the mouth of a donkey to get Balaam’s attention. “And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? Was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay” (Numbers 22:30). Then a theophany appears in verse 31. “Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell on his face.” In all these ways God was giving His Word in Sundry (various times) and divers manners (various ways).


God Spoke through Dreams and Visions

Another way God communicated in times past was through dreams and visions. Joseph dreamed prophetic dreams and was also given the gift of interpreting dreams (See Genesis 37:6-10; 41:14-32). Daniel also spoke the Word of God through dreams and interpretations (See Daniel 2:27-45; chapter 7) Daniel experienced visions as well (Daniel 10:7). Here again, God’s Word is given forth.

Visions were used by God in the Old Testament, as well as in the New Testament. Paul saw many visions. Consider these: 1. Paul’s sight restored (Acts 9:12); 2. Paul’s Macedonian vision (Acts 16:9); 3. In II Corinthians 12:2 we read, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago,(Whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, (Whether in the body or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth.) How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which is not lawful for a man to utter.”

God spoke to Peter through visions. Read the account of Cornelius in Acts 10. The Book of the Revelation is a vision that the Apostle John received from the Lord.

God also spoke through a still, small voice (I Kings 19:11, 12; Psalm 32:8) and, through nature (Psalm 19:1-3; Romans 1:18-20).

Today, though, God speaks through His Son and His Word.We have all we need in the pages of the Bible..

God Speaks Through His Word

Today God speaks only through His Word and Holy Spirit. He has put His Word in a most remarkable Book, a book like no other, a Book that is alive and changes lives. From beginning to end, the Book was in writing for more than 1,500 years. Please note that the Bible is not in chronological order. Job was the first book written about 1,500 B. C. Revelation was the last book written about 95 A. D. Think how things have changed even in the past century. What was true in 1910 may not be true today. Time changes things. But real Truth never changes. The things that were written in the Book 3,500 years ago are still true today and very applicable for everyday life in the 21st Century.

God used at least 40 different men to write His Word. 40 different men writing in their own personalities yet without contradiction shows that God was behind the writing of the Bible. These 40 men came from all walks of life. Some were farmers. Some were kings. Some were tax collectors or doctors. Some were prophets. Some were shepherds. All wrote without contradiction. The various backgrounds they brought into their writing still lines up with the Truth.

These men with their different backgrounds were also from three different continents. Cultural differences do not matter where the Truth is concerned. Paul wrote from Europe. Daniel wrote from Asia. Moses wrote from Egypt--all without contradiction.

The historical accuracy of the Bible shows the Bible is the Word of God. Even though the Bible is not a history book, where it speaks of historical events, it is accurate. The Biblical history of the early Israelites in Egypt can not be refuted. The man, Moses has been shown to be a real, living man as have the events surrounding his ministry. Every culture has a flood account that stands in history.

God’s seal of approval is there because man wrote the Book at God's bidding. II Timothy 3:16 says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and instruction in righteousness.” II Peter 1:20, 21 says, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

There are many theories given to explain inspiration. We have the “Natural Theory,” the “Concept Theory,” the “Partial Theory” and others. You can investigate them on your own. The only correct “theory” however, is known as the Plenary-Verbal Theory. That is, that all (Plenary) the very words (verbal) of the Bible are inspired by God Himself. The word “inspired” in II Timothy 3:16 is the Greek word “Theopneustos” which literally means God-breathed.

Every word of your King James Bible was breathed into the writers. Every word comes from God Himself. Although He allowed the writers to use their own personalities, every word was still God--guided, God—directed, and God—breathed.

Archaeology shows that the Bible is the Word of God. Most likely the tower of Babel has been discovered, and archaeology has long since proved that man began in Mesopotamia, the place the Bible declares. Science shows that the Bible is the Word of God. The Bible says in Isaiah 40:22 that the earth is spherical. Generally, the earth was thought to be flat until the time of Columbus’s voyage. Isaiah knew the fact at least a century before. Job 26:7 informs us that the earth is suspended upon nothing. Science did not discover this until the time of Sir Isaac Newton in 1687A. D.

Think of it - a Book containing 66 separate books written by 40 different authors who came from all walks of life over a period of 1,500 years on three different continents. Only God could orchestrate that! The Bible is a miraculously written book, thus God’s seal of approval is “written” all over it.

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GodTalk 3 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

Thanks again Bill for a very informative and accurate Hub.


Rayne123 3 years ago

Great informative, well written hub

thank you

Blessings

Laurie


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CMerritt 3 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

EXCELLENT HUB!

I have not been by for quite a while to read one of your hubs, but I remember why I always like your hubs. Because they are fantastic. It is good to be reminded, that God's word is exactly that. His word, that He gave to us.

Up and across the board.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

You're quite welcome, Jeff. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read. Have a great weekend, and a blessed time on Sunday!


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Laurie,

Thanks for making the trip. Always glad when you can stop by!


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Ho Chris,

Glad to have you stop by anytime. You're too kind with the words, but I do appreciate the votes. Always glad to hear from you!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I like to read my Zondervan bible because it does not say thee and thou which really is a stumbler for me in that it makes me sleepy. Now if it is used here or I am searching for a truth or certain scripture only knowing a few words I also check my KJV. To me Zondervan is a wonderful book that only adds to the meaning of certain words. How do you feel about that?


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Oh and BTW I have a poem warming to publish about that still small voice. (Voices in the Sky) Another coincidence? lol


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jackie,

I'm not really familiar with the Zondervan Bible. Among other things, I think the KJV has a poetic beauty about it, and the thee's and thou's are just natural to read after a while.

I'll be looking for your poem. Coincidences keep coinciding. Thanks for the visit.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I think it may have been Hal Lindsey or Kenneth Copeland 100 years ago (lol) that mentioned the Zondervan and got my interest because it will just expand on certain things, not add to or take away but where Greek or Hebrew words can have further meaning it just puts those in parenthesis. Personally I could live with the KJV and I am over a lot of the problems I had as a young person trying to study but today I think it may be a stumbling block for many young people who just give up trying to read it. Many have a hard time reading English. I don't see why (since King James was only a man too) it couldn't be written for those who want it without the thees and thous for I realize many of the new bibles have changed wording and left some out and that would do away with that fear. I mean it does say revised, maybe have a revised revised, lol.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Jackie,

FYI, Zondervan is owned by Rupert Murdoch who owns also several porn magazines and also the publisher of the satanic bible. They are the largest publisher of "Bibles" and "Christian" books in the world that fully support apostate teachers, which include allowing commentary from these men in their "Bibles." I would stay away from modern versions of the Bible that water down doctrine and actually remove Scripture verses. If you would like additional information that support this I would be glad to send it to you.

I agree that the old English in KJV can be hard to understand, but with good materials that reference the Greek and Hebrew should bring more clarity and meaning to the words.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Yes indeed I would want proof that the Zondervan is owned by porn publishers, thank you.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I can't help who may own it now but it was written and printed by Christian people probably before your porn person was born PN. It may not be everyones choice but I can assure you it is a good book and having read it from end to end and compared it to KJV I will stand by it. I don't mean to be argumentative but I have studied KJ in college and his printing of the bible; that may be worth looking into. For the Zondervan. I still believe as Bill says God has given us His word but I think it is not just in the KJV and Zondervan expands. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zondervan


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

It is just plain creepy Murdoch owns Zondervan. I checked it out and found an article in the Huff Post about it. Kind of crazy that the king of smut and sensationalist rag publications could also publish the Bible and little children's Christian books. I will pray he will read his own publication. I agree with Pand N about Bibles with commentaries by false teachers.

Sorry, Bill, had to get that off my chest. As to your hub it was very informative. For those who may not know the OT, they might not know how God communicated with men before the written word. You confirmed this well with the Heb. 1 verse.

I've always notice Bill that you seem to be a KJ only. Is that just because you love the poetic language (which it does in many portions) or because you believe it to be the only inspired or accurate version? Just curious.

My most used Bible is the New King James as it is easier to understand in many places. But the King James hands down is the most beautiful when it comes to the poetic books like Psalms. I read and quote the New Living Translation for clarity sometimes. I like it. It is not a paraphrase like the Living Bible or the Message. But many don't like it. Someone gave me an ESV a few years back but I gave it to someone before I could really get a feel for the version.

Nice job my friend.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Jackie,

Here is some more information concerning Zondervan and the distinctions between the corrupt and pure manuscripts. http://hub.me/ae73T

I believe that once people see the evidence, it will change what Bible they use. God Bless.


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PlanksandNails 3 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

Lifegate,

I appreciate your useful synopsis of the different ways God has and is communicating to His people. I also liked the video clip.

("The Bible is a miraculously written book, thus God’s seal of approval is “written” all over it.")

I am so thankful for God's Word and couldn't agree more with your statement.


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

lifegate- I use the KJV and the NKJV. When I do use the NKJV it's just for easier reading. Interesting Hub and thanks for sharing.

God bless.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Sorry Bill, you can delete all mine if you like, no hard feelings, didn't mean to start anything. Beautiful hub actually I wanted to say, you are doing an outstanding job with them lately! Text, videos and photos all really sharp and professional looking.


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Awesome hub here, dear Bill. I am reminded of the scripture at John 1:1, (which I thought was in Genesis) ...

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." That small bit of scripture is so very powerful that theologians and scholars have tried to impact it for years! Scripture that is God breathed are the only scripture that should be in the Holy Bible. I love reading from the NIV, as it has plain words that are easy to understand and the new Message Bible is great. I am mindful of the very last page of His living and active Word, where it warns to not add to or take away from His Word ... I believe I would heed that warning, and I take it to heart, and I know He may have been speaking to those who preach on His Word, not sure, but I think it applies to everyone.

Up and more and sharing

God bless you,

Faith Reaper


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Oh, just wanted to add that we all must be mindful that there are many false teachers out there, who will lead many straight to hell without the poor souls even realizing such! Scripture that is not God-breathed is just written by man and we should not read such. God spoke His words to the writers of the scripture, and that is the difference between what is God-breathed and not.

Just wanted to add that little bit here.

God bless you dear Bill. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Jackie,

I don't feel you started anything, as you say. Thanks for all your comments and for adding to the conversation. There is information out there on Zondervan. I just haven't done much checking before now. So thank you for posing the question.

Follow the evidence, as PandN says, and see where it leads, but also be open to the direction it is taking you and be willing to adjust if need be. Thanks again for being here.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Morning PandN,

Thanks for sharing your knowledge on the Zondervan. There are so many "Bibles" out there, and that's one I never came across. I'll be heading over to your hub soon. Thanks for stopping by.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Lori,

Yes, I only use the KJV, but not because of its poetic beauty, although it is certainly beautiful. I believe there are good reasons for only using the King James, but it's a big subject. I did write a series a while back to warn of dangers in the "new translations". The link to part 1 is listed below and you can find the other installments on my profile page. I go into more detail there than I can here. Always look forward to hearing from you, and glad you were able to stop by. I know you've been busy lately.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Things-Tha...


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi graceinus,

Thanks for your input. I remember when the NKJV first came out and people were saying it's easier to read, etc. but when I began to compare it, it's more in line with the NIV than the KJV. I can honestly say, it's one of the (per)versions. Still there may be some things that can be gleaned from it. God will use anything and everything to further His cause.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi Faith,

I'm always glad to hear from you. Thanks for the warning about false teachers. They're everywhere anymore - in books, on the radio, on tv, and oh yes, in churches. We really need to listen closely to hear the meaning behind the words. Thank God He has given us His Word, and by His Holy Spirit we can hear clearly. Thanks again for dropping by.


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MSGolden51 3 years ago

Excellent hub, and thanks for being lead by the Holy Spirit. And God bless you and keep listening to the Holy Spirit guidance.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

MSGolden51, It's good to see you here on HP. Thank you for taking the time to read. May God bless you!


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BlossomSB 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

A great hub and well researched. Voted up.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi BlossomSB,

Thanks for the visit and the votes. Always good to hear from you.


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searchinsany 3 years ago from UK

This is an excellent defence of the inspired Word of God, well presented and good graphics.

Personally, I have used the KJV for over 40 years and have a fond affection for it. However, I also use what I consider to be good alternatives for study, eg Young's Literal Translation.

The difficulty arises in the translation from the origin Scriptures into English, therefore I try to be careful because there are some dubious translations on the market.

You rightly mention that the Bible is not in chronological order, but continue by stating that The Revelation was the last book.

As a matter of interest, I have written a Hub that takes issue with that conclusion.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi searchinsany ,

Glad you could stop by and add to things here! You're right. There certainly are dubious translations on the market. what is the title of your hub?


searchinsany 3 years ago

The Book of Revelation was Written Before AD 70!


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mylindaelliott 3 years ago from Louisiana

This is a great little study. Thanks for the information.


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lambservant 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I wish I'd found that image of Balaam and his donkey for my Bible humor hub.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

I learned from this article. Even the word Chrsitophanies is new for me. Thank you for this lesson.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi mylindaelliott ,

You're quite welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Good Morning LS,

I thought this was probably a pretty accurate representation of what took place. Anyway, I just had to add it.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi MsDora,

I'm glad you got some new information from it. Thanks for being a faithful follower,


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Tamarajo 2 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I love the Word of God for all the reasons you mentioned above as you stated.. "a book like no other, a Book that is alive and changes lives. From beginning to end"

The written Word is such a genius way for God to keep His unchangeable truth from becoming like the everchanging thoughts and ways of the world as you well stated... "real Truth never changes"

The video was informative as well. My Bible study teacher taught us the check and balance of the the Book of Isaiah with its 66 chapters representing the 66 books of the Bible and how the 40th chapter of Isaiah beginning with the voice of one crying in the wilderness symbolizing the beginning of the New Testament.

your presentation evidences that God so truly wants to communicate with us and has made sure that His Word can be trusted as you will opened with "“The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times" His Word and ways can always be counted on.

Well presented! Loved the lifting up of the Lord Jesus the Word of God in your article.


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lifegate 2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA Author

Hi TJ,

The Bible truly is a book like no other. I have a hard time understanding why so many people see it as "just another book", or why they miss the supernatural element of the Book. No matter - it stands in, and of. and by itself. As always, it's good to hear from you. Thanks for making the trip.

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