"You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:39-40 NKJV).
According to Jesus, The Bible was given to us we might have a personal relationship with the Author.
Yet some argue presumptuously that since we now have the Bible we no longer need to hear from God personally. This notion is born out of fear, and exposes a need for religious control over others. The celebrated theologian, D. Martin-Lloyd Jones, said, “The Bible was never given to stop personal revelation and communication; it was given to correct abuses.”
As long as we hold faithful to the teachings of Scripture, we are free to explore the vast landscape of God’s manifold grace and discover at every turn a variety of deeply personal and truly astounding ways in which He is personally speaking to each one of us.
And always the Scripture is the standard whereby we discern and judge all others revelations. Isaiah the prophet said it best, “To the Law and to the Testimony! If they speak not according to this, there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
Later on Isaiah also wrote, “When people tell you, ‘Try out the fortunetellers. Consult the spiritualists. Why not tap into the spirit-world, get in touch with the dead?’ Tell them, ‘No, we're going to study the Scriptures.’ People who try the other ways get nowhere -- a dead end! Frustrated and famished, they try one thing after another. When nothing works out they get angry, cursing first this god and then that one, looking this way and that, up, down, and sideways -- and seeing nothing, A blank wall, an empty hole. They end up in the dark with nothing” (Isaiah 8:19-22 The Message).
We know from the Apostle Paul that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" ( 2 Tim.3:16,17).
Jesus said, “You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you'll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about Me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren't willing to receive from me the life you say you want” (John 5:39-40 MSG).
If we have a relationship with the Bible, but not with the Bible’s GOD – we are nothing more than religious bigots who become the ultimate turn-off to all other seekers who otherwise would find and love the Lord through the witness of our illuminated lives.
Let God speak to you through the Scripture, and then lovingly share with others the life-giving message that He provides.