Genesis 1:3 – …God said…pt. 2
“And God said…” God speaks. For some reason many people today think God has lost his ability to speak, or that he has run out of things to say to his children, his creation.
The LORD our God does not change (Mal. 3:6), and our God has not grown orally impotent. Many in the “Christian church” teach that God only speaks through His Word, however, they do not really mean the Word of God being spoken today, they mean “the Bible”. The LORD God does not change. He spoke light into his creation, and he still speaks light into the beloved of his creation.
Let us set something straight. The Bible is a collection of writings breathed by Almighty God to men who were led by Holy Spirit to write down what God said. These writings, in their original autographs are the Word of God. Today we have many translations and versions in most known languages of the world. God brings his life to people through these writings, for they are the Word of God committed to paper.
Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27, NKJV)
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Consider this, if you believe God only speaks to us through the Bible, and not individually to anyone who will listen and believe, how do you spread the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? Do you go up to somebody and begin reading the Bible to him or her? After all, if, as you say you believe, God only speaks to us through the Bible and anything else is adding or subtracting from the Word of God. Any words you say besides reading or directly quoting the Bible are words you have chosen to add to the Word of God. When you hear a minister of the Word of God expound upon the Holy Scriptures, is he not adding his words to the Word of God and in violation of your beliefs since he is not just plainly reading Holy Scripture to you?
Consider also, why would we need to know the voice of Jesus, the voice of God, if God is never going to speak to us? God is our Eternal Loving Father. Does not a loving father speak to his children to encourage, guide, correct and comfort them? How is it you can accuse our heavenly loving Father of doing any less? What gives you the right to limit Almighty God, telling him he can no longer speak to them except for how you choose to limit him?
Scripture tells us to test the spirits.
1 John 4:1
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
There would be no reason to test the spirits if there was not an original voice for the spirits that are not of God to imitate.
Many hang this religious teaching upon 1 Corinthians 13:10, saying God cannot speak to us today, God cannot do miracles today, and God cannot heal anyone today, regardless of what the entire message of Scripture is. As the Pharisees and Sadducees attempted to use their religious traditions built by their own understanding of the law to limit Jesus, these same people are attempting to use their own religious traditions built upon their own understanding of the law to continue to limit God today.
1 Corinthians 13:10
But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
The religious argument goes that the Bible is what this verse is referring to as “that which is perfect”, and many of the teachers of this often dare you to say the Bible is not perfect and then accuse you of blasphemy against the Word of God. These religious Pharisees are wrong on at least three counts here.
First: Paul did not say when someone collects and assembles the proper authoritative writings of the church has come. This would be akin to claiming that any words of the original apostles, including Paul spoke which were not included in the Bible had no spiritual merit to them, regardless of how truthful and full of the Spirit of God they were. Be careful here, because we know that not every word ever spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ is recorded here, and his words were truth regardless of whether they were recorded or not.
Second: The word translated as ‘perfect’ actually means ‘complete’. Holy Scripture (a.k.a. the Bible) contains prophecies. A prophecy is not complete until it has come to pass. As I look out my window I do not see streets of gold, the lion lying down with the lamb, and the weapons of war still exist as weapons, not plow shears. Judgment Day has not yet come. Since many prophecies contained within the Bible are not yet completed, neither is the Bible itself completed until the prophecies contained within it have come to pass.
Third: If these people teaching this religious doctrine as truth would continue to read at least through verse 12 they would see –
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
We see in a mirror, dimly. What do we see? The image and likeness of God. Does that image in your mirror continuously look like the image of Almighty God? I know mine does not! (Much to my dismay.) Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. Do any of us know everything in totality today? I very seriously doubt it. Okay, I do not really doubt it, I know none of us individually know, and corporately we do not know. Do we know God as we are known by God? No, we do not. Since we still only know in part, that which is in part has not yet been done away with, including tongues and prophecy.
Beloved saints of God, and anyone else choosing to read these words, God loves you! Our heavenly Father created you so he could have a close, intimate, Father-child relationship with you, and so you could grow strong in Holy Spirit and become just like he his.
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
The word translated ‘perfect’ here is the same word used in 1 Corinthians 13:10, meaning complete. How are we to know we are complete? When we love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind; when we love our neighbors as ourselves; when we love the brethren as Christ Jesus loves us, and when we love our enemies just as God loved them enough to give his only begotten Son that whosoever would believe upon him would have everlasting life.
Ephesians 4:11-16 (emphasis added)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head––Christ––
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
Here is that word again, translated as ‘perfect’ when it means ‘complete’. It is not because of translator error, but of how we understand the word.
PER´FEC̵T, a. [L. perfectus, perficio, to complete; per and facio, to do or make through, to carry to the
1. Finished; complete; consummate; not defective; having all that is requisite to its nature and kind; as a perfect statue; a perfect likeness; a perfect work; a perfect system.
As full, as perfect in a hair as heart. Pope.
2. Fully informed; completely skilled; as men perfect in the use of arms; perfect in discipline.
3. Complete in moral excellencies.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect. Matt. 5.
4. Manifesting perfection.
My strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Cor. 12.
We have not yet grown to be a ‘perfect man’ in Christ Jesus, individually or corporately as the body of Christ. We still need every part of the body, with every gift of every part, and still we are lacking.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, truly we are not yet complete in Christ Jesus, but take heart, neither have we laid down and given up on this holy journey.
Jesus said, speaking only what he heard Father speak, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
What has God spoken to you (commanded) today? Has he told you to pray? Has he told you to help somebody in particular? Has he told you to make sure you give his love to somebody today? You will not find the name of the neighbor that has been causing you grief in the Bible, but God may very well gently tell you to do some kindness for this specific neighbor today that will have an eternal impact upon their soul.
Yes, God does still speak today. If today you hear his voice, harden not your heart; give his love to your neighbor, your enemy, your friend.
Note: All Scripture is given in NKJV unless otherwise noted.
Webster, Noah: Noah Webster’s First Edition of An American Dictionary of the English Language. Anaheim, CA
: Foundation for American Christian Education, 2006
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- * Genesis 1:2 – the Spirit of God
- * Genesis 1:2 – Darkness was on the face of the deep pt. 2
- * Genesis 1:2 – Darkness was on the face of the deep pt. 1