The Christian language is being used more today than any other time in recent history. Scripture is being elevated to a “must-read” basis. The verbalizing of Biblical truths has reached the social Media with an unashamed zeal. The problem with the Believer’s exuberance is that sometimes Scriptures are presented to enforce an interpretation that is incorrect. Many Christians are running to the “rapture” runway anticipating that the Lord’s return is at any time. As a result of “escapism,” people are not preparing for the difficult days ahead. Believers must not pick and choose the verses that fit into their unchallenged Scriptural beliefs. Much of Biblical learning has been through other individuals and the organized church. Regurgitation of doctrine that has not been thoroughly examined by the Believer gives way to the misunderstanding as to the actual intent of the Scriptures. I thank the Lord for Godly Pastors that have taught the Word of God, but they are not a substitute for searching the Scriptures for oneself. The Apostle Paul stated clearly that the Gospel he preached was not something he learned from man, “…but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 1:11-12) The people of Berea heard the Gospel, but “…searched the Scriptures daily whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11) Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for their mishandling of the Scriptures. He told them that because of their ignorance of the Word, they had made the commandments of God ineffective. (Matthew 15: 6, 9)
During this time of global uncertainty, Christians need to be certain as to what the Scriptures are actually saying. Instead of picking and choosing verses that reinforce our interests, we need to see in what passages the Holy Spirit wants us to be interested. More damage is done to the Church through Scriptural misinterpretation than through Biblical silence.
The Bible is a “life manual” for every Believer. It is to be used and studied by every Christian. It is not a grab bag of blessings from which we pick through trying to find one that will give us a “quick fix.” Many of the Biblical blessings are contingent on the Believers obedience to the Word. I believe that the Bible is a closed Book to non-Christians. (The Holy Spirit can open the Bible to whomsoever He chooses, but basically the Bible is the Believers Handbook.)
According to II Timothy 3:16, the Scriptures are “…profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Doctrine is teaching, instructing, and training of the Believer. Reproof is convicting one of miscalculated actions. Correction is straightening up those whose actions have deviated from the Word. Instruction is tutoring one in character development (Righteousness.) When we understand that the Bible is the inspired written Word of God, we will live with the confident expectation that if we follow His Word there will be no limit to what God can do through us. The Bible is full of human illustrations of those who obediently followed His Word. There are also examples of those who tried it their way and experienced the futility of their actions.
Open the Bible and start seeing what the Scriptures are actually saying. Follow the Word and see things through God’s perspective.