John 8:47

First, let's look at this verse in several versions of the English Bible. Note that these are the words of Christ, and many Bibles would show them in red.

"He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." (KJV)

"He who is of God hears God's words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God." (NKJV)

"He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God." (NIV)

"He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God." (NASB)

"Anyone whose Father is God listens gladly to the words of God. Since you don't, it proves you aren't God's children." (NLT)

Okay, what is this scripture saying to us?

It seems He is saying that anyone who doesn't hear God speak, does not belong to God!

That sounds pretty strict, don't you think? I mean, how could God be so tight about this?

For one thing, I can see many a wife or husband saying, "If you don't hear me when I'm talking to you, you are not married to me." Certainly you can agree that if one person doesn't hear the other communicate, then the relationship is not very good! Ignoring your spouse, your friends, your boss can all have strong consequences, don't you think?

Well, either you do or you don't have a personal relationship with God, there is no in between. If you are living your life as if God is only in history, then . . . this scripture doesn't give you much wiggle room.

Look at it another way:

What if your boss said, "If you don't listen to me on the job, you are no longer my employee." That makes sense!

All historical figures speak to us through words that they wrote long ago. Cicero, Aristotle, Erasmus, Isaac Newton, John Locke, Albert Einstein and others speak to us through their written words. They have good words, filled with wisdom, yet, these people are dead, and no longer speak to us today.

However, only dead people do not speak and anyone that denies God still speaks is saying that God is effectively and functionally dead.

Let me repeat that, slower.

However, only dead people do not speak and anyone that denies God still speaks is saying that God is effectively and functionally dead.

If you claim that God is as dead as any other historical figure, no wonder He does claim you as His! You deny He speaks, you deny He rose from the dead, you deny He is alive and well and in charge today!

The "Good News" is that He is risen! Jesus did not stay dead in the grave, but rose again and is alive, today! If you have not heard, He lives!

No wonder so many "Christians" live in such submission to the world. They don't know that God is speaking to them, they don't know to listen for His voice. They don't realize that He is calling them to His service, to start acting like His employees, so that His work can get done!

He can you follow God's will if you are not getting daily instructions?

What was that prayer from Jesus about "daily bread", and His other about we don't live by bread alone, but by EVERY word that proceeds from the mouth of God?

We need daily words from God to know His will, to know what He wants us to do.

Having read that article, prayerfully read the following scripture, and see what it tells you:

John 5:24-28

"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live." (NKJV)