Yes. He certainly does.
God can speak to us through any means that he chooses. He certainly can and does speak to us through the writings contained in our Bible. But that doesn’t mean that God has something to say to us through every word or passage that we find there.
The languages and cultures in which the books that make up our Bible were written are truly foreign to us. Those of us who have had the privilege of visiting foreign countries understand that their cultures, ways of doing things, languages and ways of thinking can be very different to our own. The people aren’t that different. They often seem to have the same problems and the same dreams. They have ambitions just like we do. They fall in love just like we do. They are, in fact, just like us but their culture and language are different. It is the same with the cultures and languages of the people who wrote our Bible. Cultures, languages and ways of thinking and expressing thoughts have changed enormously since our Bible was created, but people haven’t changed very much and God hasn’t changed at all.
If we believe that every word of our Bible is inspired by God and applicable to us today then we have to try to work out what God is saying to us through each and every passage. If, on the other hand, we accept that the Bible is what it appears to be – the work of devout, sincere people writing long ago and in very different situations – then we are freed from the responsibility of trying to work out how we should apply ancient and, sometimes, very difficult passages to our lives in the 21st Century. Instead we can let the Holy Spirit speak to our hearts through the words of the writers.
Paul said many things that speak to us, even though he was writing nearly 2000 years ago in a very different culture. He was a devout, sincere follower of Jesus, and so are we, and we find many of the things he said useful and inspiring. There is no question that God speaks to us through the words of Paul. However, if we believe that God has something important to say to us through every word of Paul’s teachings, then we have to wrestle, for example, with the precise meaning of his directions as regards covering heads and the respective roles of men and women, that are set out in I Corinthians 11. But if we just accept that this is a letter written by a devout Christian man to his brothers and sisters in an ancient culture – where people’s views of behavior and gender were very different – then we are liberated from the task of trying to apply teachings and rules from that culture to our lives in the 21st century and we can focus on the many excellent things Paul says that are appropriate to us.