Now I mention this because America has gone through years of preaching that was very good at telling you what the Bible says, but have failed, in my opinion, properly interpret the Scriptures and therefore, failed to give proper application in some cases. Not so much in the areas that are clear, but rather in areas that are not so clear, areas that garner questions and sometimes produce “issues”. As a result, Christians in America have been starving spiritually. Again, I present the words of Jesus in Luke 10:26.
“What is written in the Law? How do you read it?”
Anybody that can read can “see” what the Scriptures say, but proper interpretation is necessary to understand what the Scriptures “mean”. Let me add this in order to eradicate the mystique about interpretation that you may be thinking right now; if you’re a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit as your guide to understanding the Scriptures. What often prevents us from coming to a correct interpretation is our own presupposition of what the Scriptures mean. In other words, we project our thoughts into what we read in Scripture. We need to get out of the way and let God teach us what is right and true. Properly trained pastors help us in this area. There is also a wealth of good internet sites that exegete and expound the Word.
As I was thinking of the eternal nature of Christ this morning, it hit me that if Jesus, the living Word of God, is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow, than it is important that we administer the written Word of God the accordingly. It is not enough to learn of the Jesus of yesterday. We must understand how Jesus works in our lives today as well, and how He works into the future. Jesus is eternal. The one who was will always be. I can read my Bible and see who Jesus was, but it is important to know who He is today and tomorrow, too. I know what Jesus did when He walked the earth, but what will He do today and tomorrow. How is Jesus working NOW? How will He work TOMORROW?