You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
Knowledge is a great thing.
We often use books to gain that knowledge.
The Bible is our most valuable book.
Because of our studies of it, we often gain the reputation as “people of the Book.”
That’s not a bad reputation to have.
But wouldn’t a better one be “people of God”?
In my younger years, I thought only my religious tribe was a people of the Book. The “walking Bibles.”
I was wrong.
The more exposed I became to other believers in other churches, I discovered there were many who diligently studied the Bible. Many who quoted scriptures. Many who believed in God’s Word just as much as I did.
We didn’t agree on every interpretation, but we did have something in common—the thing that counts the most:
The Bible by itself is a story tale unless it’s backed up by the living, breathing Savior written about in its pages.
- Not church
- Not good works
- Not defined doctrines
Those are good things, important things, but unless they’re centered on Jesus, they’re garbage (Philippians 3:8).
He’s who I want to be identified with.
While I will continue studying my Bible—it teaches me truths about Jesus!—I don’t want my identity to stop with the Book.
I’d rather be known for who I worship than for what I know.
Don’t stop with the written word; you can’t have a relationship with a book.
Let the written word lead you to the Living Word. He’s the One who can love you. And whom you can love back.
A Being, not a book.
A Savior, not a system.
God’s people, not Bible people.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
1 Peter 2:10
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Have you ever felt like you worshiped the Bible more than Jesus? What changed you?
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