No. 20.

“HOW GOD SPEAKS TO MAN”

DIRE CTLY
In all of recorded history only ten individuals are mentioned in the Bible as having had
God speak to them directly. And even those instances are questioned by some scholars
who believe it was not him who was speaking, but rather a spirit being or angel speaking
on his behalf.
However, the original Bible writers knew the difference between God and angels quite
well, as evidenced by the many instances when they did specify it was an angel speaking.
The Bible speaks truth and we must not distort its words. When it says it is God
speaking to someone, it means he himself is communicating. When it says differently, it
means what it says, and that he is using some other means than himself as a spokesman
on his behalf.
The ten persons mentioned in the Bible as having been spoken to directly by God,
himself are:
ADAM:
DBY Genesis

3:9 And Jehovah Elohim called to Man, and said to him, Where art thou?

NIV Genesis

3:17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about
which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through
painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.

CAIN:
ASV Genesis

4:6 And Jehovah said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance

fallen?
DBY Genesis

4:9 And Jehovah said to Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not:
am I my brother's keeper?

NOAH:
NAS Genesis

8:15 Then God <0430>spoke <01696>to Noah <05146>, saying <0559>,

BBE Genesis

9:8 And God said to Noah and to his sons,

ABRAHAM:
DBY Genesis

17:3 And Abram fell on his face; and God talked with him, saying,

JOB:
NJB Job

38:1 Then from the heart of the tempest Yahweh gave Job his answer. He said:

ASV Job

40:1 Moreover Jehovah answered Job, and said,

ELIPHAZ the TEMANITE:
ASV Job

42:7 And it was so, that, after Jehovah had spoken these words unto Job, Jehovah said to
Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends; for ye
have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath.

MOSES:
ESV Exodus

3:14 God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And he said, "Say this to the people of
Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
NLT Exodus

34:29 When Moses came down the mountain carrying the stone tablets inscribed
with the terms of the covenant, he wasn't aware that his face glowed because he had spoken to
the LORD face to face.
DBY Mark

12:26 But concerning the dead that they rise, have ye not read in the book of Moses, in
the section of the bush, how God spoke to him, saying, *I* am the God of Abraham, and the God
of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?

AARON:
DBY Leviticus

10:8 And Jehovah spoke to Aaron, saying,

NU. 18:8 And Jehovah spoke to Aaron, Behold, I have also given you the charge of My heavenly
offerings of all the holy things of the sons of Israel. I have given them to you for the anointing, and
to your sons, by an ordinance forever.
MKJV

DAVID:
LXE 1

Kings 5:5 And, behold, I intend to build a house to the name of the Lord my God, as the
Lord God spoke to my father David, saying, Thy son whom I will set on thy throne in thy place,
he shall build a house to my name.

JESUS:
NIV Mark

1:11 And a voice came from heaven: "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well
pleased."
NAB Luke

3:22 and the holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice
came from heaven, "You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased."

One may ask; how do we know it was truly God speaking in those instances? If the verse
says it was God speaking when it was not, that would be tantamount to an untruth.

Since God is incapable of lying, scripture he inspires is also incapable of untruth. So this
means we should take it to mean what it says.
When we speak of those individuals who were addressed personally by God (YHWH),
we are in truly rarified air. Even Enoch, one of only two individuals who are said in the
Bible to “have walked with God (YHWH or Jehovah)” is not known to have been spoken
to by God directly. If anyone comes along and claims God has spoken to him or her
personally, while not entirely impossible, it is highly improbable and they are more than
likely, either delusional or lying.
How then does God almighty communicate with us as individuals in his human family?
There is no secret to it, God does what he has always been doing. He is the same
yesterday today and tomorrow. If we look at scripture and the ways he communicated
with people in the past, we will have a pretty good idea how he may choose to
communicate with people in our time.

BY MEANS OF DREAMS
There are a wide variety of examples in the Bible where God used Dreams to get the
attention of individuals in an extraordinary way. Here is a sampling, showing the
diversity of people and circumstances under which he employed this method of
communication.
Gen. 20:3 ERV But one night God spoke to Abimelech in a dream and said, "You will die. The woman you
took is married."
Gen. 28:12 DRB And he saw in his sleep a ladder standing upon the earth, and the top thereof touching
heaven: the angels also of God ascending and descending by it. [About Jacob]
Gen. 31:11 AMP And the Angel of God said to me in the dream, Jacob. And I said, Here am I.
Genesis 31:24 TNK But God appeared to Laban the Aramean in a dream by night and said to him,
"Beware of attempting anything with Jacob, good or bad."
Gen 37:6 CEV Joseph said, "Let me tell you about my dream.
Gen 37:9 Brenton And he dreamed another dream, and related it to his father, and to his brethren, and
said, Behold, I have dreamed another dream: as it were the sun, and the moon, and the eleven stars
did me reverence.
Gen 40:5 GNB One night there in prison the wine steward and the chief baker each had a dream, and the
dreams had different meanings. [Joseph]
Gen 41:5 ERV Pharaoh went back to sleep and began dreaming again. This time he dreamed that he saw
seven heads of grain growing on one plant. They were healthy and full of grain
Nu 2:6 MKJV And He said, Hear now My words. If there is a prophet among you, I Jehovah will make
Myself known to him in a vision, and will speak to him in a dream. [God speaking to Aaron and Miriam]

Deu 13:1,2 GW One of your people, claiming to be a prophet or to have prophetic dreams, may predict a
miraculous sign or an amazing thing. 2 What he predicts may even take place. But don't listen to that
prophet or dreamer if he says, "Let's worship and serve other gods." :3 The LORD your God is testing you
to find out if you really love him with all your heart and with all your soul.
JPS Deuteronomy

13:5 (13-6) And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because
he hath spoken perversion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and
redeemed thee out of the house of bondage, to draw thee aside out of the way which the LORD thy God
commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee. [Moses to the people
of Israel]
ESV Deuteronomy

13:1-4. "If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign
or a wonder, NAB 3 urging you to follow other gods, whom you have not known, and to serve them: even
though the sign or wonder he has foretold you comes to pass, NAB 4 pay no attention to the words of that
prophet or that dreamer; for the LORD, your God, is testing you to learn whether you really love him
with all your heart and with all your soul. [Moses to the people of Israel]
NLT Judges

7:15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he thanked God. Then he returned
to the Israelite camp and shouted, "Get up! For the LORD has given you victory over the Midianites!"
1 Samuel 28:6 and so he asked the LORD what to do. But the LORD did not answer him at all, either
by dreams or by the use of Urim and Thummim* or by prophets.
GNB

BBE 1

Kings 3:5 In Gibeon, Solomon had a vision of the Lord in a dream by night; and God said to him,
Say what I am to give you.
NJB 2

Chronicles 1:7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, 'Ask what you would like me to give

you.'
NAB Esther

10:3 The Jew Mordecai was next in rank to King Ahasuerus, in high standing among the
Jews, and was regarded with favor by his many brethren, as the promoter of his people's welfare and
the herald of peace for his whole race. Then Mordecai said: "This is the work of God. I recall the dream
I had about these very things, and not a single detail has been left unfulfilledNIB Ecclesiastes

5:3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are
many [Wisdom of Solomon]
CEV Eccl. 5:3 If you keep thinking about something, you will dream about it. If you talk too much, you
will say the wrong thing. [Wisdom of Solomon]
NAB Jeremiah

23:25 I have heard the prophets who prophesy lies in my name say, "I had a dream! I had

a dream!"
LXE Jeremiah

23:28 The prophet who has a dream, let him tell his dream; and he in whom is my word
spoken to him, let him tell my word truly: what is the chaff to the corn? so are my words, saith the Lord.
[God speaking through Jeremiah]
NJB Jeremiah

27:9 For your own part, do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, dreamers, magicians
and sorcerers, who tell you: You will not be enslaved by the king of Babylon. [God speaking through
Jeremiah]
NJB Jeremiah

29:8, 9. For Yahweh Sabaoth, the God of Israel, says this: Do not be deceived by the
prophets who are with you or by your diviners; do not listen to the dreams you have, 9 since they
prophesy lies to you in my name. I have not sent them, Yahweh declares. [God speaking through
Jeremiah]

Dan 2:1 ERV During Nebuchadnezzar's second year as king, he had dreams. They bothered him, and he
could not sleep. [Daniel relating an experience the king had]
Dan 4:5 KJV I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my
head troubled me. [Daniel relating his own experience]
Joel 2:8 LITV And it shall be afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. [God
speaking through a prophet]
DRA Matthew

1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in
his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is
conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. [Matthew relating an experience]
Matt 2:13 CEV After the wise men had gone, an angel from the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and
said, "Get up! Hurry and take the child and his mother to Egypt! Stay there until I tell you to return,
because Herod is looking for the child and wants to kill him." [Matthew relating an experience]
BBE Matthew

2:19 But when Herod was dead, an angel of the Lord came in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
[Matthew relating an experience]
NKJ Matthew

2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father
Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he turned aside into the region
of Galilee. [Matthew relating an experience]
Matt 27:19 ERV While Pilate was sitting there in the place for judging, his wife sent a message to him. It
said, "Don't do anything with that man. He is not guilty. Last night I had a dream about him, and it
troubled me very much." [Matthew relating an experience]

*Urim and Thummim, used in Cleromancy is a form of sortition, (casting of lots), in which an outcome

is determined by means that normally would be considered random, such as the rolling of dice, but are
sometimes believed to reveal the will of God, or other supernatural entities. The Urim and Thummim were
held and used by the high priest for use in determining God’s viewpoint when it was otherwise evasive. The
metho, by virtue of its nature would be limited to simple yes/no and either/or questions. It was not a
method by which a great deal of information could be divulged, such as in dreams, visions or direct
communications. It was no substitute for the written word which contains the full body of information God
wants us to know today.

BY MEANS OF VISIONS
Visions were a means by which a great deal of information could be delivered quickly or
even instantly. The cliché a picture is worth a thousand words holds true. The mind of
humans is designed to absorb and process visual images. This explains how a single
painting, photograph or film strip can relate a whole story quickly and efficiently. Here
are examples where God planted such visions (pictures) in the minds of people he
wanted to divulge information to by means of his Holy Spirit.
NLT Genesis

15:1 Afterward the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, "Do not be afraid,
Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great." [Experienced by one specially chosen by
God himself]
DBY Genesis

46:2 And God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night and said, Jacob, Jacob! And he said,
Here am I. [Moses relating an experience Jacob had]

BBE Numbers

24:16 He says, whose ear is open to the words of God, who has knowledge of the Most
High, who has seen the vision, of the Ruler of all, falling down and having his eyes open: [a dubious
claim by Baalam, a non-Israelite diviner]
NLT 1

Samuel 3:11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, "I am about to do a shocking thing in Israel.
[Experienced by a Judge and prophet chosen by God himself]
NLT 1

Kings 22:17 So Micaiah told him, "In a vision I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains, like sheep
without a shepherd. And the LORD said, 'Their master has been killed. Send them home in peace.'"
[Experienced by a Prophet of YHWH]
TNK Job

4:13 In thought-filled visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men, [A claim of Eliphaz, one
of Jobs companions]
Job 33:14-15 14 But God speaks again and again, though people do not recognize it. 15 He speaks in
dreams, in visions of the night when deep sleep falls on people as they lie in bed. [Observed by Job, one
specially chosen of God]
Psalm 89:19 19 You once spoke in a vision to your prophet and said, "I have given help to a warrior. I
have selected him from the common people to be king. [An observation by the sons of Korah]
NJB Isaiah

2:1 The vision of Isaiah son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem. [Experienced by a
Prophet of YHWH]
BBE Jeremiah

14:14 Then the Lord said to me, The prophets say false words in my name, and I gave them
no orders, and I said nothing to them: what they say to you is a false vision, and wonder-working
words without substance, the deceit of their hearts.[describing visions false prophets have]
NJB Nahum

1:1 Prophecy about Nineveh. Book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh. [Experienced by a
Prophet of YHWH]
NAB Habakkuk

of YHWH]

1:1 The oracle which Habakkuk the prophet received in vision. [Experienced by a Prophet

NAB Zechariah

1:8 I had a vision during the night. There appeared the driver of a red horse, standing
among myrtle trees in a shady place, and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses. [Experienced
by a Prophet of YHWH]
LXE Ezekiel

3:23 And I arose, and went forth to the plain: and, behold, the glory of the Lord stood there,
according to the vision, and according to the glory of the Lord, which I saw by the river of Chobar: and I
fell on my face. [Experienced by a Prophet of YHWH]
BBE Daniel

2:19 Then the secret was made clear to Daniel in a vision of the night. And Daniel gave
blessing to the God of heaven. [Experienced by a Prophet of YHWH]
NLT Acts

10:19 Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, "Three
men have come looking for you. [Experienced by an Apostle]
BBE Acts

9:10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and the Lord said to him
in a vision, Ananias! and he said, Here I am, Lord.[Experienced by a believer]
ESV Acts

18:9 And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, "Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and
do not be silent, [Experienced by an Apostle]

DBY Revelation

9:17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and those that sat upon them, having
breastplates of fire and jacinth and brimstone; and the heads of the horses were as heads of lions, and
out of their mouths goes out fire and smoke and brimstone. [Experienced by an Apostle]

THROUGH NATURAL SENSES (as Guided by the Holy Spirit)
We each receive information from a wide variety of external sources. Our parents,
teachers, friends, politicians, ministers, rabbis, the media and others all plant thoughts
in our heads. We process them and either accept or reject the information according to
our own desires and disposition. Can we be so naïve to think God almighty doesn’t have
the same ability? Here are some scriptural examples which infer he also plants thoughts
in our heads.
DBY Jeremiah

25:1 The word that ‘came’ [see Strongs definition below] to Jeremiah
concerning all the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, the king of
Judah (that is, the first year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon),

There are numerous instances when dreams and visions are cited as the means by which
prophets received communications from God. However this was not the only way God
communicated with them. The bible also indicates the word “came” (some Bibles say
“occurred”) to Ezekiel, Daniel, Isaiah, Haggai, Hosea, Jonah, Micah and others. These
instances are not cited as dreams, visions or paranormal happenings. God’s word merely
says these things “occurred” or came into their minds, undoubtedly under the control of
God’s will and his spirit.
When the Bible says it ‘came” to them we have the following meanings for that;
“Came” – Hebrew, hâyâh ‫ היה‬Strong’s H-1961 with its roots in H-1933
Thayer/BDB Definition:
1) to be, become, come to pass, exist, happen, fall out
1a1) ----1a1a) to happen, fall out, occur, take place, come about, come to pass
1a1b) to come about, come to pass
1a2) to come into being, become
1a2a) to arise, appear, come
1a2b) to become
1a2b1) to become
1a2b2) to become like
1a2b3) to be instituted, be established
1a3) to be
1a3a) to exist, be in existence
1a3b) to abide, remain, continue (with word of place or time)
1a3c) to stand, lie, be in, be at, be situated (with word of locality)

1a3d) to accompany, be with
1b) (Niphal)
1b1) to occur, come to pass, be done, be brought about
1b2) to be done, be finished, be gone
From the Hebrew root ‫ הוה‬/ ‫ הוא‬H1933 hâvâ' / hâvâh
to be, become, exist, happen
Thus, the word that came to Jeremiah, was brought about, or established in his mind by God. It
was the same with fellow prophets and other important people in the Bible where the word
“came” to them.

Jesus alludes to a similar phenomenon at Matthew 16:17 GNB where he says to Peter;
"Good for you, Simon son of John!" answered Jesus. "For this truth did not come to you from
any human being, but it was given to you directly by my Father in heaven”.

The apostle Paul describes himself as having a similar experience at Galatians 1:12”
ESV Galatians

1:12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it
through a revelation of Jesus Christ.

Jesus gave his closest disciples clues as to the working of this process at John 14; 26,
when facing impending death, and near the end of his earthly ministry, he declared;
BBE John

14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will be
your teacher in all things and will put you in mind of everything I have said to you.

Or as another translation puts it;
DRB John

14:26 But the Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he
will teach you all things and bring all things to your mind, whatsoever I shall have said to you.

In the Book of Romans, Paul makes a general statement which cannot be construed as
anything other than a force effecting one’s mind. There he speaks to an audience of
Christians and says;
DBY Romans

8:16 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are children of God.

Or as another version puts it;
NLT Romans

8:16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are
God's children.

This is clearly referring to be a mental phenomenon, something which was going on in
their minds as “children of God”. However there is still more to be learned about the
type of communication Paul was referring to.
If we have a curious mind, we may wonder just what encompasses being seen as
“children of God” in his mind. Where a quick glance may make it appear Paul is

referring to people in general or even to all who see themselves as Christians, employing
the synergy principal takes us to a place of keener understanding.
Immediate context found in the next verse adds a requirement for being one of God’s
children in the precise sense Paul is speaking of;
MKJV Romans

8:16 And if we are children, then we are heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with
Christ; so that if we suffer with Him, we may also be glorified together.

Lest there be some misconception that the children of God Paul is speaking of includes mankind
in general as joint heirs with Christ, that notion is dispelled at Romans 9:8
Romans 9:8 That is, it is not by being children through physical descent that people
become children of God; it is the children of the promise that are counted as the heirs.
NJB

The children of God he is referring to are those he further describes at Eph. 5:1-6. in
greater detail.
NJB Ephesians

5:1 As God's dear children, then, take him as your pattern, NLT 2 Live a life filled with
love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take
away your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume to him. NJB 3
Among you there must be not even a mention of sexual vice or impurity in any of its forms, or greed:
this would scarcely become the holy people of God! ERV 4. Also, there must be no evil talk among you.
Don't say things that are foolish or filthy. These are not for you. But you should be giving thanks to God.
NLT 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and
of God. For a greedy person is really an idolater who worships the things of this world. ERV6. Don't let
anyone fool you with words that are not true. God gets very angry when people who don't obey him talk
like that.

That these ones actually constitute a small number and not people in general or even all people
who call themselves Christians is borne out further by what Jesus said at Matthew 7:13, 14, 2123.
ESV Matthew

7:13-14 13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that
leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way
is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.
Matthew 7:21-23 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of
heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will
say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name,
and do many mighty works in your name?' 23 And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew
you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.'
ESV

Whether or not God chooses to plant his thoughts into the minds of faithless ones is and
always will be entirely his own option. The Bible assures us that he does so with the
mind of believers, those who he considers “The Children of God”.

By MEANS of the SPIRIT (H.S.)

Holy Spirit was and is the means God has at his disposal for executing his will in all its
shapes forms and ways. We have examples of it being employed by him throughout the
Old and New Testament to communicate with all those wanted to. Here is but small
selection of these examples.
H.S. in Old Testament Times:
ASV Ezekiel

2:2 And the Spirit entered into me when he spake unto me, and set me upon my feet; and I
heard him that spake unto me. [Experienced by a prophet]
DBY Ezekiel

3:24 And the Spirit entered into me, and set me upon my feet; and he spoke with me, and said
unto me, Go, shut thyself within thy house. [Experienced by a prophet]
NLT 1

Chronicles 12:18 Then the Spirit came down upon Amasai, who later became a leader among the
Thirty, and he said, "We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be
with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you." So David let them join
him, and he made them officers over his troops. [Experienced by a supporter of an anointed one]
NLT Ezekiel

11:2 Then the Spirit said to me, "Son of man, these are the men who are responsible for the
wicked counsel being given in this city. [Experienced by a prophet]
ASV Zechariah

4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, this is the word of Jehovah unto
Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith Jehovah of hosts. [Experienced
by a prophet]

H.S. in Apostolic, N.T. Times:
ASV Acts

19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake
with tongues, and prophesied. [Experienced by anointed ones]
NLT Mark

12:36 For David himself, speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, said, 'The LORD said
to my Lord, Sit in honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies beneath your feet.' [Experienced by
an anointed one]
NLT Acts

4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, to them, "Leaders and elders of our nation,
[Experienced by an Apostle]
BBE Acts

8:29 And the Spirit said to Philip, Go near, and get on his carriage. [Experienced by an
Anointed believer]
NLT Acts

10:19 Meanwhile, as Peter was puzzling over the vision, the Holy Spirit said to him, "Three
men have come looking for you. [Experienced by an Apostle]
NJB Acts

11:12 and the Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going back with them. The six brothers
here came with me as well, and we entered the man's house. [Experienced by an Apostle]
BBE Acts

13:2 And while they were doing the Lord's work, and going without food, the Holy Spirit said,
Let Barnabas and Saul be given to me for the special work for which they have been marked out by me,
[Experienced by an Apostle]
BBE Acts

20:23 Only that the Holy Spirit makes clear to me in every town that prison and pains are
waiting for me. [Experienced by an Apostle]

RSV Hebrews

10:15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, [Experienced by an
Apostle]
NLT Romans 8:16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God's
children. [Experienced by an Apostle]
NAB Romans

9:1 I speak the truth in Christ, I do not lie; my conscience joins with the holy Spirit in
bearing me witness. [Experienced by an Apostle]
Revelation 2:7 He who is able to hear, let him listen to and give heed to what the Spirit says to the
assemblies (churches). To him who overcomes (is victorious), I will grant to eat [of the fruit] of the tree
of life, which is in the paradise of God. [Gen. 2:9; 3:24.] [Experienced by an Apostle]
AMP

HOLY SPIRIT IN POST APOSTOLIC TIMES:
Shortly before his death, Jesus conveyed a legacy to his disciples. In that legacy he
promised his father would send a helper (Paraclete) which would be with them forever.
NKJ John

14:16 "And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may
abide with you forever –
NJB John

14:26 but the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will
teach you everything and remind you of all I have said to you.
ESV John

15:26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit
of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.

Does this mean Jesus would send that particular helper to everyone, which is to people
in general?
NLT Galatians

3:2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by keeping
the law? Of course not, for the Holy Spirit came upon you only after you believed the message
you heard about Christ. [Experienced by a believer]

This verse equates a person’s receiving Holy Spirit with faith first (believing), inferring
that faith is a perquisite along the lines of Heb. 11:6;
Heb. 11:6 No one can please God without faith. Whoever goes to God must believe that God
exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
GW

WAYS GOD COMMUNICATES WITH INDIVIDUALS TODAY
BY HIS WORD:
When we refer to God’s ‘word’ in scriptural terms we can be speaking of two different
entities bearing the same spelling.

There is Christ, his son, who is described as the ‘Word’ –and there is inspired Holy
scripture, which is also described as his ‘word’ in the Bible. Both are ways he uses in
communicating with us as his human family.
When Jesus Christ speaks, he is speaking the mind of God. The thoughts he is
communicating to us are God’s thoughts. As such, he is the ‘Word’.
When scripture speaks to us, it likewise communicates God’s thoughts. As such, it is
properly referred to as the ‘word’ of God.

THROUGH HIS PROPHETS:
Scripture discloses God will not do anything he has not revealed to his servants the
prophets.
ASV Amos

3:7 Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, except he reveal his secret unto his
servants the prophets.

Scripture also reveals that in the last days he would pour out his spirit on all mankind
and there would be prophets and visionaries.
Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My
Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy [telling forth the
divine counsels] and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your
old men shall dream [divinely suggested] dreams.
AMP

When true prophets speak, that is those humans who God authorizes to speak what he
wants said, they communicate God’s thoughts and not their own. For further
explanation of prophets and prophecy see; http://www.mining-bibles-4-truth.com/prophets-prophecy---essay.html

THROUGH HOLY SPIRIT:
According to the Bible God is omniscient and along with that comes the ability to read
our minds. In the Bible the mind and the figurative heart are both mental functions
which some Bible translators have been known to interchange with one another.
However, more accurately, the mind is that portion which processes information and
the figurative heart is that portion which causes one to act on the information which is
processed. All this occurs on a mental level. It is only when action is taken due to the
information processed that it becomes an action, a physical phenomena. Thoughts are
the initial elements introduced in a sequence leading to action. (See chart;
http://www.mining-bibles-4-truth.com/brain-science-chart.html )

God’s spirit is the channel (the means) he uses to plant his thoughts into an individual’s
mind. One’s own inclination and desires will determine what action or behavior one
exhibits as a result of the thoughts he plants. Likewise, Evil Spirits and others who
oppose God are also able to plant thoughts in our minds just as those we come into
every day contact with can. God will judge us by the actions we take in response to those
thoughts as well as how we respond to the thoughts he introduces by means of his Holy
Spirit.

THROUGH OTHER MEN, and THEIR WRITINGS:
While we recognize that God gives us helpers in men who might lead us to his word and
the truths of God, we must not lose sight of the fact that it is God and his word which
remain the only real source of unblemished truth. It is not a charismatic evangelist, an
organization, a group or any kind of religious assembly he uses to call his sheep. It is the
Voice of Jesus Christ, the truth of Scripture and the Holy Spirit which contain our hope
for salvation and leads us to the father so we might embrace his ways.
If or when God speaks to us through anyone other than his prophets, it is to direct us to
his own sources, namely Jesus Christ, the Scriptures (his Word) and his Holy Spirit.
Men direct others to themselves or their organizations and in so doing only perpetuate
the imperfection they themselves possess. God’s spirit and his word direct us to God
YHWH, the almighty, through his only begotten son Jesus Christ.
Only on the rarest of occasions in the past did he himself reveal anything new and
original through the auspices of humans who were not in a close relationship with him.
That is not to say he can’t or that he never will, for as we know from the Bible “anything
is possible with God”. However if it is really God-given truth that such an exception
might reveal, we will never find conflict with YHWH’s primary sources, namely Jesus
Christ, the inspired scriptures, and what He transmits through Holy Spirit, for as
faithful believers, we know God cannot lie.