I had more time than normal this week to really get into my Bible, by which I mean my Bible app and journal. Loved all that time I spent and encourage others to take their leisure time to really dig in. But even as you do I would like to remind you that...
John 5:38-40 KJV
"And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life."
John 5:38-40 NIV
"nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life."
Read the Message version
“There is nothing left in your memory of his Message because you do not take his Messenger seriously. 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. "
Guess who was talking?
Who was he talking to?
What was he doing?
-basically scolding them.
Scriptures are a beacon shining at Jesus, our Savior. Just knowing them or being able to quote them does not mean you are saved. Rather it is putting into practice what they say that gets you eternal life. It is the putting them into practice that lets us fulfill his ultimate request Love God & Love people. Mark 12:30-31
So while you are reading, apply them to your life and your world.
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 NIV