By Reading Ye Understand…

“Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand…” Paul.

We are Biblical Universalists. Many sincere truth-seekers ask my advice about how they can learn more about God. I reply by saying read, read, and read. God will never teach one who won’t read. God has communicated Himself through words, and he put these words in the collection of writings we know as Holy Scripture. The Spirit of God teaches us through reading what God wrote. If a person departs from the Scriptures all he is left with is his imagination, “intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind” (Col. 2:18). There are no shortcuts to maturity.

Many call the Bible “The Book.” I love that designation. THE Book! Even those who don’t read it recognize there’s somethings special about it. Bible means “book.” We call it “THE” Book because of its preeminence. It’s not just any book, it’s The Book. It sheds light on all the other books.

My Bible says “Holy Bible” on the cover. That’s because it’s written by holy men. The word “holy” means “consecrated or set apart to a sacred use.” These men, with different backgrounds and from different times, were set apart for the task of contributing portions of a Book. The finished work is perfect in its parts and consistent as a whole, a book set apart from all other books. These “holy men” were normal men; shepherds, kings, fruit gatherers, businessmen, fathers, husbands, boyfriends, fishermen, tent makers, and priests. They weren’t supermen, they were people like us, and their product, The Book, isn’t other-worldly, it’s for this world. It’s a Book for normal people living a normal life. It’s practical. It’s written in human language, not mystical language.

Within the covers of “The Book” are the Old and New Testaments. A “testament” is a “covenant.” These covenants teach us about God and His ways with mankind. They are distinguished by the Adjectives “Old” and “New” to describe their relationship to each other. The Old and New Testaments are equally true, holy, just, and good. The “New” Testament builds on the “Old” Testament and brings it to fulfillment and perfection. The “Old” promised a Savior, the “New” reveals Him. The “Old” Testament is glorious, but the “New” Testament exceeds in glory – 2 Corinthians 3:9.

The Old Testament historically documents how sin and death entered the world while the New Testament reports how they are abolished. The Old Testament reveals the law of God and the New Testament reveals the grace of God in the gospel. The righteous requirement of the law is fulfilled in the gospel – Romans 3:31, 8:4.

Let’s thank God for The Book. It’s God’s revelation of Himself. Let’s pray:

“Lord, open our eyes that we may behold wondrous things out of Thy law and Thy gospel.”

Here’s more info on “THE BOOK.”

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