The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Coordination Of the Content
No truth in Scripture can be fully communicated by only one statement or verse.
"Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little" (Isaiah 28:9-10).
Perhaps the most telling confirmation of this Biblical reality lies in a statement that seems so simple as to require no further explanation or enhancement:
"There is one God" (I Timothy 2:5).
One might think this would be all that is necessary to definitively declare the fundamental nature of God's being and existence. However, other Scriptural passages reveal a far broader view.
"There is but one God, the Father" (I Corinthians 8:6).
"Unto the Son, He saith, Thy throne, o God, is forever and ever" (Hebrews 1:8).
"The Spirit of God hath made me" (Job 33:4).
Here we see three distinct Persons referred to as God, thus revealing the Divine plurality that exists concurrently with the Divine unity. Believers refer to this as the Trinity, affirming unequivocally the truth of one God, but also maintaining that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit comprise His eternal and infinite being. This confirms that no one verse can explain or define even the simplest of Biblical truths. "Precept upon precept… line upon line" must guide our attempt to rightly understand the Bible, as led by the Holy Spirit who enables the trusting, humble heart to interpret the Book He inspired.
Critics of believers and of the Scriptures often sneer, "Oh, you can make the Bible say anything!" Not if you seek to understand it in the only way possible, namely by realizing that every subject addressed in the Word of God bears such infinite meaning that one verse or statement cannot encompass the truth. We must therefore realize that Biblical understanding involves coordination of the content. This is why our first and most important response to the existence of the Bible involves simply reading it day by day, and for a lifetime. Only thereby can a word written by Moses coordinate with Paul, or a Psalm glimmer with its brightest light because John holds up the Old Testament jewel to the illumination of fuller New Testament revelation. This day offers an important step of our journey with the Lord and His Word so that we may coordinate the content of Scripture, and thus find the Lord Jesus who declared…
"Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of Me."
(John 5:39; emphasis added to denote the plural reference)
"Give attendance to reading."
(I Timothy 4:13)
Weekly Memory Verse
For in Him we live and move and have our being."