"Christ In Print. The Bible In Person"
The Bible can be considered the Lord Jesus Christ in print form. The Lord Jesus can be considered the Bible in personal form.
"Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life. And they are they which testify of Me" (John 5:39).
"The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us" (John 1:14).
Genuine worship involves both spirit and truth (John 4:24). We must know God through the Lord Jesus in both personal and doctrinal terms. It is not enough to simply believe Biblical truths. However, we cannot rightly relate to our Heavenly Father apart from those truths. Thus, the living Word, Christ, and the written Word, the Bible, beckon us to journey on the parallel rails of reality. As believers, we know Somebody and we believe something. "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent… Thy Word is truth" (John 17:3; 17).
Few understandings more provide sure and stable footing for our walk with the Lord. God made us as creatures of both heart and mind. Our knowledge of other conscious beings transcends mere factual knowledge. When we say we know God or people, we suggest something far more than simply knowing about them. We may not be able to define or explain it, but we realize that genuine relationship involves personal realities of the heart. Conversely, our knowledge of others does involve truths and facts based on tangible things that form and sustain structure in our relationships. This is particularly true regarding our fellowship with God. We must know Him as the living Person He is. He will not be satisfied otherwise. However, we cannot genuinely know Him apart from the principled Truth of Scripture. We will not be sanctified otherwise.
The Word in print and in Person. Spirit and truth. Heart and mind. Parallel rails of reality. However, we term it, the Light of God beckons us unto the realization that He must be known and His truth must be understood. The Apostle Paul prayed accordingly, and we close with his intercession for the Ephesians…
"After I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened."
Weekly Memory Verse
"As it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
(I Corinthians 1:31)