How to Get the Best out of Scripture

In our approach to the Scriptures it is of paramount importance that we focus on a few essential points. It is essential that we remember its source. It is from God to man.

1.)The Bible is Mind of God as expressed and the narrative as set down by prophets, apostles, give account, each after his fashion its operation and in fulfillment. From the first book to the Book of the Revelations we need to accept the element of time would have passed millennia but the human agency involved in collating the divine Thought in many genres,- Psalms, wisdom literature and prophetical writings took a fraction of the actual development. The crucial fact that for all that the Thought in its inception development and operation falling  under several time frames has an overall unity that cannot be refuted. To this I shall come back in the next post.

2.) When we study the divine Will in operation we are to infer the Thought has its (purpose) direction and also a mode.

‘For thus saith Jehovah that created the heavens, the God that formed the earth and made it, that established it and created it not a waste, that formed it to be inhabited:…(Is.45:18)ASV. Here we see purpose of God in creating the earth.

God is unchangeable and Truth:

His name is ‘I AM That I AM’ When he reveals to the patriarchs as Elohim, El Shaddai and later as JHWH it is with regards to impress on man which the God the Spirit found it necessary.

Jesus Christ as the Son of God is co-equal with God the Father. ‘I and Father are One’(Jn10:30). Father and Son relationship is in terms of substance and not of biological birth as we humans know of the term. Think of a thought is expressed and in clothing it is set in human speech . It is thus Will of God shapes the Word. Thus when God commands ‘Let there be Light’ the presence of Word is implied. It is what Saint John in his gospel states. ‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God(Jn1:1).

The Bible is the Mind of God and when we read for example the death and resurrection of Jesus we need to understand the inference. Jesus the Son of man is indeed the the Son of God became the first born of all creation. God the Spirit set it n a mode so that Jesus Christ in whom the fulness of God dwells has opened a new way that anyone may access that divine Mind. ‘I am the Way and Truth.’ Holy Spirit has rendered the One Who dwells in inapproachable light  accessible to man. The office of God the Spirit puts the Perfection of God in concrete images.

In short the Scriptures is intended to make us perfect (2Ti.3:16-17).

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God is omnipotent and Omnipresent. But when God commands Light to shine out of darkness, we need to understand for what purpose He says if the concept of light and darkness is meaningless to him. It is what the Psalmist says, ‘…the darkness and light are both alike to Thee(Ps.139:11) KJV21.’ Jesus Christ is the Light of the world and the Holy Spirit from the first sets the Light as a sign with which the idea of children of light and of darkness will be developed ‘in the fullness of times’. If suffices to say, the creation account sets the Divine Thought in terms of God the Son and Holy Spirit clothes the Mind of the Invisible God in concrete images. As Paul would affirm Jesus Christ is the image of the Invisible God.

Creation Account is true which is stated from three standpoints of God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit. This being God’s version who but a fool would try to make it sound any other? Sin is in making your will and understanding above that of God. The Bible is from God to man. Amen

(Reprinted from BennyThomas’webblog)

benny

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About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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