If you don’t hear the speaking, you won’t hear the silence
The principle of silence is an important aspect of rightly dividing the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 7:14). Unfortunately it’s a concept that’s hard for many in the religious world to grasp despite the fact that it has a biblical basis. What makes it even more difficult to understand is when an individual fails to first hear what’s spoken, because if you don’t hear the speaking then there’s no way you’ll hear the silence.
A person once told me to show them where the New Testament says that baptism saves us – I showed them 1 Peter 3:21 but it didn’t change anything.
A person once told me that there were no funerals in the New Testament after the day of Pentecost – I told them about Acts 9:36-37 but it didn’t change anything.
A person once told me that Jesus never told anyone to serve him and that he never said he was the Son of God – I showed them John 5:22-23 and John 12:26 but it didn’t change anything.
You see, if a person fails to learn from what the Spirit of God has said concerning the will of God, then the will of God won’t be revealed to that individual when it comes to the Spirit’s silence.
This is why the churches of Christ still strive to speak where the Bible speaks, and to be silent where the Bible is silent; because we believe that the silence of the scriptures can say as much as the speaking.
“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matthew 13:9)