Everything that we know about God
teaches us that He desires to communicate with us. It is a part of His very character. Romans 1 tells us that God speaks to us even through the magnificence of His creation.
John 1:1 describes Jesus as the
Word: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was
God. Words communicate. God desires to communicate with His
people. In Matthew 4:4,
Jesus tells Satan, “Man does not live by
bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” The verb “proceed” is in the
present continuous tense. A better
translation might be “Man does not live by bread alone but by every word that
is continually proceeding out of the mouth of God.”
In John 8, Jesus says that He
only did what He saw the Father doing and only spoke what He heard the Father
saying. Jesus Himself continually heard
from His Father. He was in
constant communication with Him.
His life demonstrated a total dependence on hearing from the Father and
then obeying Him.
Was Jesus able to do this only
because He is part of the Godhead?
If that is true, hearing God speak in this same way is outside of the
realm of our capabilities. Or was
Jesus dependent on the same Holy Spirit who now indwells us.