The purpose, goal and benefits of the Bible – Part 6
If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (Jn 14:7,9)
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.” (Col 1:15-18)
“God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Heb 1:1-3)
The Bible Makes Jesus Known
“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (Jn 5:39,40)
The religious leaders knew what the Bible said, but failed to apply its words to their lives. They knew the teachings of the Scriptures, but failed to see the Messiah to whom the Scriptures pointed. They knew the rules but missed the Saviour. Entrenched in their own religious system, they refused to let the Son of God change their lives. Don’t become so involved in “religion” that you miss Christ.
Read Luke 24:13-35. The walk to Emmaus
“Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” (Luke 24:25-27)
“He expounded … the scriptures.” The Messiah and His redemptive work through suffering is a central OT theme. Beginning with the promised offspring in Genesis (Genesis 3:15) and going through the suffering servant in Isaiah (Isaiah 53), the pierced one in Zechariah (Zechariah 12:10), and the messenger of the covenant in Malachi (Malachi 3:1), Jesus reintroduced these disciples to the Old Testament. Christ is the thread woven through all the Scriptures, the central theme that binds them together. Following are several key passages Jesus may have mentioned on this walk to Emmaus: Christ may have cited such passage as Gen 3:15; 22:18; 49:10; Num 24:17; Ps 22:1, 18; 69; 110:1; Is 25:8; 52:14; 53; Jer 23:5; 31; Dan 2:24, 35, 44; Mic 5:2; Zech 3:8; 9:9; 13:7; Mal 3:1.
Believers are not those who merely have faith in Jesus Christ. Rather, believers are those who have faith in Christ as He is revealed in the full message of the gospel (Jn 1:1-4).
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