If I were to summarize what we have noted about the Bible so far in this series, I would say it this way:
The Bible is a collection of 66 ancient books written by over 40 diverse human authors over the span of 1500 years in different literary styles for different time-bound purposes, but were also mysteriously co-written by God for the inspired and timeless purpose of leading us to life in and like Jesus Christ.
Do you have life in and like Jesus Christ?
Life in Christ is the safest and most powerful place in the world. It secures and shelters us from every invisible enemy, up to and including death. When you are "clothed in Christ", your past is forgiven, your present redeemed, and your future secure... for eternity.
Life like Christ is the fullest and most satisfying life available in this world. When by the Holy Spirit you live like Christ, you start exhibiting his heart, character, mission, attitude, and priorities. This deep and abiding foundation shows up outwardly in countless ways that respond to whatever circumstances come.
The Bible was written, assembled and preserved to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ. Further, it is vitally useful in making you like Christ.
I'm not making this up. It is all right there in 1 Timothy 3:15-16. What the man Paul wrote to his student Timothy, back then and for him, was also written by God, to you for right now.
Do you read the Bible in alignment with the reason for which the Bible was written?
It is a very important question.
Listen carefully. If you are approaching scripture in a way that scripture does not intend, you will leave scripture with something that scripture does not actually say, but you will think it does.
Did you get that? If not, read it again. I would like to say it more simply, but I can not. So read it again. Until you understand. Get help if you need to. This is so important.
All of us do not simply "read scripture". We interpret scripture. And how we interpret it is dictated by how (and for what) we approach it.
Today, we look to Jesus IN scripture to find HIS approach to scripture.
Questions? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to address it in this series.