“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.” — 1 Timothy 3:16
“You search the Scriptures because you think that in them is eternal life, and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” — John 5:39, 40
These Scripture verses tell us two important things: 1) All Scripture comes from God and is given for our benefit and instruction. 2) Knowing Scripture and knowing God are not evenly remotely the same thing. That is not to say that the Word isn’t holy. God tells us that He honors His Word above His name. He also tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:16 that the letter kills but the Spirit gives life.
So how do we discover Him through His Word? In the Bible, “Word” can mean the written Word — the whole of Scripture. It can also mean a “word” or message spoken directly by God to a person. We often refer to this kind of word as a Rhema word. Rehma means “living utterance.” “Word” can also refer to Jesus Himself, who is the word made flesh and the one who lived His entire life as an expression of God the Father.
I’m focusing here on the written Word and what it reveals to us about Jesus. I pray that God breathes on the Scriptures used here, that Holy Spirit will use these Scriptures to give each of us a living utterance from God. This is not a step-by-step guide to studying Scripture. It’s just a few Scriptures that reveal some of the desires of God’s heart so that, when we meet with Him in prayer, we’ll have a better understanding of what He wants for us and who He wants to be for us:
- God wants us to know Him: “I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord: and they shall be my people, and I will be there God, for they will return to me with their whole heart.” (Jeremiah 24:7)
- God wants each of us to have personal knowledge of Him: “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor and every man his brother saying ‘know the Lord’ for they shall all know me form the least of them to the greatest of them saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34)
- God wants a relationship expressed through mutual faithfulness: “I will even betroth thee to me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the Lord.” (Hosea 2:20)
- God rewards those who seek Him: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
- God wants to reward us with himself: “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in Heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.” (Luke 11:13)
- God wants us to grow in our knowledge of Him: “But when you pray, go to your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:6)
Heavenly Father, thank you that you reveal yourself in your Word. Thank you that this revelation is an invitation to know you personally. Thank you that you call each of us by name and that you are drawing us with kindness into deeper love with you.
Our God hears,