Reading With the Author

BibleCan you remember back to your high school days?  I know for some of us it’s more difficult to remember these days. Think back to sitting in your high school english class. Your teacher hands you a book and tells you to read it.  You notice that it seems to be over 300 pages and you think to yourself, “Ugh.  I will never finish this.  It looks boring.”  So you take several weeks to read this book only to find out that you have to write a long essay about the book and it’s plot and characters.  If only you could speak to the original author of the book, you could get all the answers.  In most cases this is no longer possible.  However, there is one book that you can still find out the answers and meanings to questions from the author.  That book is the Bible.

As a believer in Christ, you and I are indwelled by the Holy Spirit.  Christ himself dwells within your spirit.  So the author of life and the author of God’s word dwells within you.  This gives you and I incredible access to the author Himself.  We don’t need Cliff notes to discover the meaning behind the word of God.  We can simply read the Bible with the author.  I know that for myself, I have read and studied the Bible for many years.  But I approached it from a theological perspective.  I used the tools I learned in Bible college to interpret the Bible.  I rarely read the Bible with the Lord.  I read it apart from Him.  Jesus said in John 15:5, “…apart from me you can do nothing.” I believe this includes attempting to read and or study the Bible.  

We need to approach our time in God’s word with prayer for Him to guide us along in the Scriptures.  I have begun to see His word anew as I involved Him in my reading of the Bible. Now I also am looking for Christ in every part of the Bible, especially in Old Testament books.  After all Jesus told the religious leaders in John 5:39, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.  These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.” All of the Bible testifies about the Lord Jesus Christ.  Do you seek Jesus to help you in reading and discovering the truths about Him in the Bible?  Or do you simply read it and attempt to find ways to apply it apart from Him?  Something to think about.

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