Believers who have died are with Christ in heaven. They don’t yet have the resurrection body, they don’t yet have the new earth, but they are eagerly waiting for these things, fully conscious and actively engaged in heaven. It’s hard to get our arms around the idea of being “actively...
Joseph was loved and favored by the Almighty God.
God spoke to Joseph in a very special way, through his dreams. Now it’s important to remember, throughout the Bible there is progress in the way that God communicates with His people.
Hebrews says this clearly, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets” (Hebrews 1:1). God used multiple ways of communicating direct revelation with his people in ancient times. Many ways He spoke to our fathers. One example of this is that God revealed His future plans to Joseph in a dream.
In ancient times, God spoke through the prophets, “But in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son” (Hebrews 1:2). So here’s what is being said. There is a progress in the flow of Bible history. God used a remarkable diversity of ways of communicating with His people.
In these last days, He has used one particular and final way and that is through His Son.
We have the clearest possible communication from God in Jesus Christ. All that God promises to us and all that He requires of us is made known in Jesus, who we know through the Scriptures.
So, Christians should not fret about interpreting their dreams. If you want to know what God is saying to you, read your Bible! And any other experience you might happen to have should be tested against the bar of the Scriptures.
But in those early days, there was no Bible. God made himself known by appearances called “theophanies,” and in this story, God spoke through dreams.
The point of Joseph’s dreams is very simple. God would lift Joseph up above his brothers, and this is exactly what happened…