The whole point of the bible is… to know God! Not to know ‘about’ God, and definitely not to know more than others about Greek, Aramaic, Hebrew or theology, etc, etc, etc.
Jesus said these powerful words to the bible scholars in his day:
‘You search the scriptures because in them you think you possess eternal life, but you refuse to come to me and have life.’ (John 5:39-40)
The devil himself knows and quoted the bible to Jesus in Matthew chapter 4. If even the devil can know the ‘written word’, what is the point of the written word, the bible? The whole point of the bible is to ‘know’ and ‘love’ God, to ‘get off the page’ into a living, loving relationship with Jesus.
Jesus was given the name, Emanuel, which means, ‘God with us.’ (Matthew 1:23) Jesus was the Word of God made flesh. (John 1:14) If anyone uses the bible – and Jesus – to try to drive you to another ‘point’ or purpose, they are mishandling the bible. The purpose of the bible is to bring you to the living Lord, Jesus Christ. It is not to bring you to a religion or organization ‘about’ Jesus. You do not need to be part of any particular church or denomination, to know Jesus Christ and be saved. If anyone tells you differently, they are using the bible to lead you elsewhere, rather than using the bible to lead you to Jesus.
Jesus is the point! He is ‘God with us’, and is here with you today, to be loved and known. Nothing stands between you and Jesus Christ - except your own heart's decision...
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Peter Walker. I hope you enjoy these reflections. Please feel free to comment!:)