THE WORD OF GOD
'The purpose of all Scripture is to bear witness to Christ (John 5:39;
20:31). The Bible in itself is not the Word of God. The Word of God is a
person (John 1:1). Neither does the Bible have life power or light in itself
any more than did the Jewish Torah. These attributes may be ascribed to the
Bible only by virtue of its relationship to Him who is Word, Life, Power and
Light. Life is not in the book, as the Pharisees supposed, but only in the
Man of the book (John 5:39).' Robert Brinsmead, in Jesus A Theography, by Frank Viola .
All scripture is given by inspiration of God but the scriptures are not God. They come from the heart of God through the experience and the mind of man. The Spirit of God was incarnate in those who bore witness to Him. This is why the scriptures testify of Jesus. But Jesus does not testify of the scriptures. His witness is to Himself. Jesus testifies neither to the law or the Bible. He testifies to the Father, Himself and the truth.
This is why the Bible should be read through the Jesus lens. Read as a testament to the knowledge of good and evil or as an extended version of the law we will be led far from the heart of God and a long way from the Spirit of life. Those who do the worst on behalf of Jesus present the Bible as information. Those who excel make the words of scripture a vehicle of His life.
Should we have been raised in a Christianized version of the knowledge of good and evil or in a culture of the law, we might well find ourselves motivated to present an argument or a case to support a position. Delivering presentations 'that are right' may sound right. But they are not the gospel of the Kingdom of Life. We will have manufactured the letter that kills. A lecture in the mode of the knowledge of good and evil is small bickies compared to living words spoken because Christ is your life.
When Jesus is our life He is also our lens. Marinated in Him our Bible teaching will express the Living Word in us. But if we are living from a belief system our exposition will be a river of sand - interesting. Maybe challenging. But not life-giving. Steeped in law our teaching does not rise above an argument. Marinated in Jesus we will be rivers of life.
'For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do' Hebrews 4.12-13 NIV.
I was raised in a culture that assumed that the scripture above referred to the words of the Bible. By extension it does. However verse 13 indicates that the word referenced here is the logos, the Light of the World. 'Bible deism' removes our ground of being from the Spirit of Christ to the marks on paper. We end up in religious rationalism. One of the results of this is a multiplicity of denominations and their empires based on some facet of the Bible. But Christ is not divided because He simply is.
While 'christianity' may be described as a religion of the book when defined by the terms of religion, in terms of the everlasting gospel of the Kingdom it is the expression of Christ through all things - including the Bible. I am not saying I don't believe in the inspiration of the Bible. What I am saying is that when the Bible is not read through the Jesus Lens it is not revelation.
Since Jesus is life we are meant to eat Him. When we eat His flesh and drink His blood we overflow with His life. With Christ in us we speak living words and do living acts. When Jesus is our life the life of heaven flows into earth. Alive in Him the scriptures light up with His life. In His light we see light and are light.