You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. John 5:39
This verse did always draw my attention, as I was not really sure what it meant, due to my defective way of thinking and not trying to recognize the solution within the realm of the spirit. If I am trying to analyze a verse with my faulty understanding, I am prone to be wrong, if I identify it with the spirit it is written through, it should become clear. In other words, I am not trying to add another twist, better understanding, yet another interpretation, but purely identify it within the spiritual realm.
I always get reminded of how the Jews had the scriptures, and of course knew them as well, but they did not have the word, so they failed to recognize and killed Jesus, simply because they thought they knew when they didn’t.
Jesus told them: He who is of God, hears God’s words. You cannot hear his words because you are not of God. John 8:47. Furthermore it says: I know that you are Abraham’s descendants, but you seek to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. John 8:37 — You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, John 5:37-38.
So, what does that mean? “He is not telling them to repeat what they are doing.”
Clearly, Jesus is correcting them, saying that in searching the scriptures: 1) they incorrectly think eternal life is in the scriptures available to them with sufficient searching, 2) doing so does not lead to eternal life, and 3) doing so is in instead of coming to Him to receive eternal life.
What this implies is that we have made learning scriptures a rival to learning directly from God by coming to Him. In case some wonder, scriptures of course are not wrong; it is just the way we idolize scriptures that is wrong, or perhaps I should say, how Satan twisted it a little, and we fall for it because of our unsuspecting ignorance. I think we can see, if we are meant to go to Jesus himself and let him teach us, that marginally misleading us in this all important issue, Satan cunningly camouflages the facts and instead making studying the Bible, having prayer groups, and church gatherings, the main emphasis to reach perfection so to speak.
For everyone who comes to Me and listens to My spoken words, (Listen to Him speak to us) Luke 6:47-8 — Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:48, 63 — Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Matt. 4:4
It is as God meant: “The world hides in the Bible.” The world hides from God in the Bible.
Reading the Bible is a substitute for having God teach you, examine our heart, convict us, and cleanse us. The world hides from Christ, the Living Word who judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Rev. 2:23, Rom. 8:27, Eph. 5:13
It hides from Christ the Light, who brings to light the hidden things of darkness and exposes the motives of your hearts. 1. Cor. 4:5
How sad that we think we are seeking God by reading the Bible, but He sees us as hiding from Him. We are covering our nakedness with the Bible and hiding in the tree of knowledge. Gen. 3:8-10. It’s like God is saying this to our shame. Though we might have great knowledge of the scriptures and profess them, we don’t possess of whom they speak.
You search the scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life, and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. John 5:39-40 — The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving. John 6:63 — The words we hear are words of eternal life. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. John 5:38
When we hear his voice and keep his words, then his word abides in us. It lives in us, and controls us. As his words live in us and taking control of us, we are set free from sin, and we are on the journey in seeking him above everything else. I know, the only thing we can really do is, seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, as 1st priority, which becomes an act of repentance and a cross to our selfish will. There is no need to argue, unless we walk His walk. Only those who want to argue scriptures are those who do use the Bible to hide behind. If we are not willing to crucify our sinful nature and selfish will through repentance, which is the key of experiencing new life, we will NEVER know.
Yes, some might contend, in saying that since the words in the Bible are Christ’s, to read them is the same as to have heard him speak them.
The words I speak to you, they are spirit, and they are life-giving, John 6:63 he does not say the words as written, much less the scriptures or writings are spirit and life. When Christ himself speaks to a soul, his words are spirit and life to that soul. For spirit and life are in his words when he speaks them. But when another reads or speaks them without his spirit, they minister neither spirit nor life. For instance, Christ’s calling to Lazarus when dead and buried, “Lazarus come forth;” his words were spirit and life to Lazarus. But let another read or speak the same words to a man dead and buried, and cry to him to come forth, they will not raise him to life.
If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31-2
So if the Son liberates you, then you are really and unquestionably free. John 8:36
To be set free, is to be released from captivity. To be released from slavery. To be freed from sin.
Jesus came so he could destroy the devil and his works [sin] in us — IF WE GO TO HIM.
For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil. 1 John 3:8
John said, ‘I have written unto you young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you; and you have overcome the wicked one,’ namely, the devil, by the word of God, which was before the devil was.
So here we may see, what is the means by which the young men’s ways are cleansed and sanctified, and what makes us strong, and to overcome the wicked one—the word of God abiding [that lives] in them [their hearts].
As Jesus told Paul: I am sending you to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may thus receive forgiveness and release from their sins and a place and portion among those who are consecrated and purified by faith in Me. Acts 26:17-18
Faith that purifies is faith to go to him, listen to him, hear him, and faith enough, to obey — continually by abiding in him.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom. 10:17
This verse is a critical scripture for understanding what is true faith.
Now another verse which you might have read before, but be honest in light of what you just read does it sound NEW to you:
If you will listen to and heed the voice of the LORD your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if you turn to the LORD your God with all your heart, and with all your soul. For this command that I command you this day is not hidden from you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it to us, that we may hear it, and do it?’ But the word is very near to you, in your mouth, and in your heart, so that you may obey it. Deut. 30:10-14
Christianity as of today, would have us believe that hearing someone read the words of the Bible is hearing the word of God, and if we believe them, we are a “believer.” But this only results in belief in a book and faith in the words in a book. Modern Christianity erroneously teaches that faith comes by belief in the message of the Bible; if so, then how did Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Job, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, etc. have faith when no scriptures were yet to be written? Yet Paul has just told us that faith comes from hearing the word, which word is in our hearts; so to have real faith, we must hear Christ from within our heart and believe whom we hear, to be the Son of God; and believe enough to completely obey him. If they tell us that “faith comes by hearing Bible verses (their word of God),” haven’t they just cut Christ out of being the author and the finisher of our faith, by making the Bible their source of faith instead of the Living, speaking voice from heaven, Christ the Living God? If people insist that Bible verses are the “word of God,” haven’t they replaced Christ with the Bible — making the Bible their rule, their judge, their source of discernment, their authority — haven’t they made the Bible their God? Think about it, even though it is a sad conclusion to make.