It goes without saying, the dedicated Christian regards the Holy Bible as the supreme governing authoritative text and absolute go-to. Part of the Bible’s divine genius is that it resonates well across many intellectual and emotional waters for it is relevant as a compass is relevant to almost any given situation, at any given point in time, in any given context, young or old, male or female. Just one example of its genius is the intentional and unintentional parallels one can draw by comparing and contrasting book to book, chapter to chapter. It is remarkable in its unique design when one thinks those parallels exist within the intricacy of powerfully placed words, elegant patterning of verses, the ways the chapters weave in an out from one heart issue to the next, its almost melodic rhythmic structure, all working together to compel the believing reader to keep on dedicating.
And so with that in mind, the Bible can easily open itself up to almost anyone as The Great Love Story between the Divine Creator and His children, He who from the beginning of time has chosen to call His wayward children back to Himself through any means He sees necessary including the death and resurrection of His one and only Son, Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, NKJV). If that ‘reality’ is felt then the Bible reader has experienced minimal disturbance or upset waters for The Word has been successful in sewing a strong sense of what justice and love can mean in a world that continues to spin ever deeper into its own wayward darkness.
To put it bluntly, the believing Bible reader is greatly influenced with an immense sense of God or the ‘Divine Otherness’ who by His very Word brings a commanding order to the chaos humans can so easily and unthinkingly project out to the world and on to each other. For humans are not mechanistic scraps and parts but fleshly beings with free-will and an immense capacity to experience strong emotions with a passionate desire for their own way (sometimes through any means they see necessary). But as God’s Word resonates more deeply across the masses the higher the probability humanity will do away with their lower-self and be transformed into its most highest-self. In other words, a high functioning Christ-like Bible-believing Church… because, The Word resonates very well with the Christian. The Word becomes the Christian’s meal – they eat it and it is one with them – and they are the Light of the world and the Salt of the earth because of it.
“For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life onto the world.
Then they said to Him, “Give us this bread always”.
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me shall never hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6: 33-35, NKJV).
…and all the people said, Amen.
Beyond Resonance And Into A Tight Hermeneutic
For a moment consider something beyond good resonance and divine genius… One of the very simple reasons why the Christian pays such close attention to every jot and tittle of the Bible is that it was written thousands of years ago in an ancient language, translated, interpreted and reinterpreted in the hands of so many! Therefore, every jot and tittle aids to ‘realize’ the Bible’s ancient original meaning through close attention and special revelation.
“If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word… But the Helper, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (John 14: 23, 26-27, NKJV).
To slightly elaborate, the original meaning of The Bible is of the upmost importance to those who highly acknowledge the heritage of the Christian faith as having traditional/orthodox roots, one might call them purists like those of us here at Quick Study who are concerned with the literal reading and teaching of God’s Word just as it is – pure and untainted by eisegesis. That is, the projection of one’s own ideas onto Scripture which ultimately dulls that ever-important sense of this is The Bible, it is God’s Word which is final and true down to every last jot and tittle.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of the soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV).
The tricky part is that even in tight circles where people use the same trustworthy hermeneutic to interpret the Bible the temptation to divide and split over things like historical beginnings and future apocalyptic scientific beliefs is still there. But rest assured, there is always a good understanding in most Christian communities that hermeneutical differences and disagreements just happen, they’re inevitable and sometimes feelings do get hurt depending on the scenario… and that is a call to reason together and represent one another well out of love and respect – an understanding we can indeed agree to disagree on secondary issues when approaching the Bible in all of its divine genius – that Book which across time and space has been one people greatly love or love to hate – that book which resonates so well across most intellectual and emotional waters.
I personally pray this ministry helps you on your journey to discover the real power of the Bible.
Jasmin Hall-Hembree | March 06, 2018