“And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain”. 2 PETER 1:18
On a number of occasions God’s audible voice came down from heaven to affirm Jesus. His voice was heard when Jesus was baptized in Jordan River. Coming out of the waters, the heavens opened and God spoke. The voice was heard again on the mount of transfiguration, and this was the encounter that our text is referring to. There is a third recorded account, just before Jesus went to the Cross. In John 12, the request of Jesus to the Father to be glorified was recorded. The response came by way of an audible voice of the Father. “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again” (John 12:28). In the post-Jesus earthly ministry, Paul also heard the audible voice of God, beginning with the encounter on the way to Damascus.
Does God still speak today? Yes, He does! But does He speak audibly as a man would do to another? There is nothing preventing God from speaking audibly if He chooses; after all He is sovereign. However, it is not a conventional way of speaking to us in this day and age. We have the written word of God to show us the mind of the Father. In addition, we have the Holy Spirit who can witness to our human spirit what God is saying. Should God choose to speak audibly, that will pass for a special appearance and we have to be grateful for it. But nobody should put their life on hold waiting for an audible voice.
FURTHER STUDY: ACTS 22:1-15
PRAYER: Holy Spirit, make me sensitive and open to Your ways.