TITLE: 23-014 THEY HEARD JESUS SPEAK

VERSE: [Jesus said,] “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now.” JOHN 16:12

Jesus promised His disciples that they would receive the Holy Spirit after He was gone and that the Spirit would guide them into all truth.

This is not simply a promise to future writers of the New Testament. Jesus is speaking to the entire inner circle of His disciples (minus Judas).

Only three of these men would later pen portions of Scripture, and at least six other followers of Christ who did not hear these words would write more than half of the New Testament.

Nor is this a prediction that Jesus would spend some time with them between His resurrection and ascension.

In the book of Acts, Paul is talking to a crowd of people in Pisidian Antioch, and he says that “the Holy Spirit spoke through me” (Acts 13:2).

This statement implies much more than a few days of conversation.

No, this is a promise to speak to all believers, after the Resurrection, on an ongoing basis. We know that early believers expected to hear Christ’s voice—people such as Agabus, Philip’s daughters, members of the Corinthian church, and many more are said to have exercised prophetic gifts.

They heard Jesus speak and confidently shared His message with others.

Jesus still speaks to His people today.

He draws them into a relationship with Him; He leads them in ways they need to go; He calls people into ministry; He teaches them the deeper ways of His Spirit; and then He speaks through them to others.

God promised that we would hear a voice telling us which way to go (Isaiah 30:21), and Jesus was very clear that His sheep would know His voice (John 10:3-4, 16, 27).

This is normal for our relationship with God.

You can't hear God's voice if you don't believe Jesus has plenty to say to you.

That's why it's so important to take time to build your relationship with Him. It's like building a friendship: You have to spend time together, do things together, and get to know each other. Then the friendship can grow deeper, richer, and more meaningful.

Easier said than done? Maybe… but it's also worth it!

LET'S PRAY...

Jesus, strengthen my faith to believe. As I search for the sound of Your voice, help me not to question whether You want to speak. You do —You have made that clear. Help me to hear all that You have to say.

𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐑 𝐎𝐅 𝐆𝐎𝐃'𝐒 𝐖𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐑
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