Oracles of God

“whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (1 Peter 4:11).

Peter wrote to the church about being good stewards of God’s grace. He spoke of Christ’s suffering in the flesh for our sake and the need for us to live in the spirit. “With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you” (1 Peter 4:4). Peter spoke of the coming judgement, when everyone will give an account of their own works before God. He warned the church to be sober minded and self-controlled, because the end of all things is at hand. Moreover, we have a need to use the spiritual gifts that have been given to us to serve one another.

Peter spoke about the gift of the spoken word and the gift of serving. I don’t think that many Christians consider serving to be a spiritual gift. However, my emphasis for this post is on the gift of speaking. Some children are very talkative from an early age and parents may suggest that they are born to be a speaker. Other times suggestions are made about being a Lawyer or a Radio or Television Announcer. Not many parents applaud their children and pronounce that they will become a preacher, pastor, evangelist or a teacher of the word. Who then are the oracles of God or God’s mouthpiece on the earth?

An oracle relates to a prophetic word(s), spoken through a priest or a prophet. For the purpose of the text, Peter was not confining his message to Priests or Prophets. In fact, Peter’s message was to the churches in “the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1 Peter 1:1). That being said, his reference could have been to those appointed to speak. The context could also be applied more generally, to all believers who speak with each other, to speak as though they are speaking prophecies. “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19).

I once read a quote which said that plants responded well to being positively spoken to. Imagine what happens when you speak positively to human beings. Let us go a step further and say, imagine if you spoke the word of God over those who we come in contact with on a daily basis. It is natural to ‘speak as we find’ or to ‘keep it real.’ What if we guard our lips and our tongues, so only what proceeds from the mouth of God, proceeds from our lips? It takes a lot of practice, self-restraint and constantly denying the flesh in order to train our tongues. I believe that we can do all things through the help of the Holy Spirit. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).


27 thoughts on “Oracles of God

  1. Thanks Anneta for reminding us to mind our mouths, and to watch what we say to one another. If we will mediate on, and study the Word, while hiding it in our hearts, we will give the Holy Spirit something to work with🙏🏾 Then we can speak with boldness and power🙏🏾

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  2. It is true, Jesus told us that we will give account for idle words.
    The way that we speak is affected by those things we allow to influence us.
    The world has much to influence with. This is what God told us in Joshua that his Word should not Friday from our mouth, but that we are to meditate on it day and night, this way it will make our way prosperous, and we shall have good success.
    I believe that this means that continual exposure to his Word will affect the way we think and speak.
    Remember: a good man will bring good things from his heart. Fill your heart with his Word.
    God bless.

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      1. Oh, I just thought I would give you a hard time, Pedro, because I do understand your plight!🥲What gets me most often, is when I go back into my text to make a correction and instead, I hit the reply button🤦🏾‍♀️

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      2. 😁 it’s all good, gotta laugh a little, can’t be all business 😑
        We make absent minded mistakes, especially when we’re not paying close attention.
        Thank you Tam, I needed a good laugh today.

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  3. A good encouragement to be cautious with our words. It truly is challenging to speak only that which is from the mouth of God. But yes, through the spirit we can grow in that area.

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