"Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too. And from now on you will realize that you have seen him and experienced him." John 14:6,7 Passion Translation
If we want an accurate picture of God we don't need to look any further than Jesus Christ. Through Jesus we meet God as God really is. Jesus said "If you've seen me, you've seen the Father." He is the perfect revelation of the Father.
"No one has ever gazed upon the fullness of God’s splendor
except the uniquely beloved Son,
who is cherished by the Father
and held close to his heart.
Now he has unfolded to us
the full explanation of who God truly is!"
John 1:18 Passion Translation
In Jesus' own words and actions, we hear and see what really matters most to every human being - That the Father loves us unconditionally. Jesus came out of the immeasurable love unbending commitment of the Father to all of us. To know Jesus is to know God which means what we believe about Jesus is our theology. The Genesis of our understanding has to start with Jesus.
Our study of the scriptures has to start with Jesus. He is the Word - The Logos and the Rhema. The Word interprets scripture not the other way around. Jesus has to be the lens we interpret scripture thru. When we read about God we have to see him through Jesus - If our picture of God we read about does not look like Jesus we need to reinterpret how we see Him.
My Thoughts On How To Read Scriptures
1. Be Boldly Honest
Don't be afraid of questions. Keep asking and seeking. It's ok if you don't understand everything.
2. Be Eagerly Hopeful
Read as an act of faith and hope. With out hope and faith, asking questions is just cynical and irritating.
3. Be Relentlessly Jesus Centered
Stay focused on Jesus and His teachings when you read scripture.
Here's my advice when studying scripture is to really dig into the gospels and get a grasp on Jesus and His teachings then tackle Acts and tackle some of the Torah (the first 5 books of the OT). With a clear picture of Jesus you can really see the unconditional love and wisdom of God the Father, Son and Spirit towards us. Walking through scripture with clear eyes on Jesus really fills your heart.
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At Hope Community Church, we believe that when you see Jesus without the religious baggage you’ll find someone undeniably life-changing and worth following. We hope you see and experience Jesus through these thoughts, videos and messages.