Interesting interpretation of 1 Peter 1, 8.....having not seen....that it includes not hearing.....wow, and this is what you base God not speaking to us today, interesting.
I never said that I based my whole understanding upon this scripture~I only gave one of many examples how toward the end of the apostles' era, how such extraordinary acts of God begin to cease. I said:
Peter commends certain saints toward the end of the NT apostles' era for their love of Jesus, yet having not seen Jesus, and that would include, not hearing his voice personally, or, the commendation would have not have been a point of praising them for their love of Jesus Christ, having never seen him.
As I have so many times mentioned before, that we have in the written word of God, a more sure word of prophecy, that supposedly voices from heaven, are less than the scriptures themselves, and is equal to the very voice of God Himself, based upon Peter's words to us. So, if this is not so, than take issue with Peter, not me.
2 Peter 1:16-21~"For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
The voice that Peter heard was indeed the voice of God, YET, Peter informs us that the scriptures themselves are more sure than THAT VOICE he heard. The best Peter could do is to give a testimony of what he saw and heard, when speaking of this event~yet the scriptures were written by men (like Peter) as they were moved by the Spirit of God; and then those words were chosen of God to be part of his written revelation to his people.
Bottom line~those men and women who trust the scriptures above all else, have a greater foundation, and source for their faith than anyone, regardless of their so called religious experiences, that cannot not be sustained by the scriptures themselves.
You quote John 16:13, and then said:
Here it declares that He will speak to us.
Where? Let us see what this scriptures DOES say:
John 16:13~"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
John said that the Spirit "will guide us into all truth"~ Truth that is necessary to be known from the scriptures, and that is useful to men, even the whole counsel of God; truth that relates to worship, the nature, form, and spirituality of it, as well as doctrine. The Spirit of God is as a guide, he goes before, leads the way, removes obstructions, opens the understanding, makes things plain and clear, teaches to profit, and leads in the way men should go, without turning to the right hand or left, which, without such a guide, we could not know what truth is, but with his guidance we can and do know.
"For he shall not speak of himself"~ This is a excellent point to observe, since it will expose false prophets who lift themselves up by claiming power to perform miracles, and claiming extra-biblical experiences that cannot be supported by the scriptures, yet they labor to convince others of their claims.
"But whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak"~ The Spirit of God reveals things to the children of Jesus Christ, that which was agreed upon in the covenant of grace by the Godhead. Those to whom this revelation comes to, speaks the truth from the word of God, as it is revealed to them. This scripture is very closely related to:
John 15:15~"Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you."
No where in these two scriptures can you prove that God speaks directly and audibly to people in this present dispensation~yet you gave this scripture as a proof text. What words in John 16:13, proves what you desire for them to say? I'll be waiting.
2 Peter 1, 15-19
And I will see to it that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord
Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His Majesty. For when He received honor and glory from God the
Father and the voice was borne to Him by the Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well
pleased," we heard this voice borne from heaven, for we were with Him on the holy mountain.
And we have the prophetic word made more sure. You do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in
a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
The way I understand this is that Peter states that through the testimony of God's voice from heaven, the prophetic
word has been made more sure. (strengthened)
John 16, 13-15
When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but
whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify Me, for He
will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that He will take what is
mine and declare it to you.
Seems very straight forward to me, and to make it say that the Spirit does not speak to us, well you got me speechless.