The fifth of five parts:
So I go back and read Scripture now with these things in mind:
God loves us. He wants to give to us. We are not able to achieve on our own what He wants to give us. All He wants is for me to love Him and, through Him, to love others.
When I read Scripture that way, it opens up new and wonderful things. No longer do I see only His anger and my guilt. Now I see how He has reached out over and over in love to His people. Sin is no longer the focus of my life or of the Scripture. There is no excuse for sin, but no guilt for those who are in Christ. Now I see how trying to live on my own has messed it all up. I read Scripture with new eyes and new joy.
It is important for God’s people to read His Word. But it is also important for us to remember that the Scriptures are the Word of the Lord who loves us. The Lord knows that His Word is often misused. The Pharisees and other Jewish leaders misused it. The early Christians encountered false prophets who misused it. He said that He would guide us into truth personally. (John 16:13) In fact, He went farther than that. He who is the Truth is in us. He will guide us from within. (John 1:17; 14:6 and 2 John 1:2) In Him, and only in Him, we have freedom to see the truth that the Bible presents.
(I am traveling these days. This series of posts was quite popular a couple of years ago. I hope you find them helpful. Please feel free to comment as usual. See you on the other side! – Dave)