5/16/16: Know the Author

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At a Mother’s Day luncheon at our church, our pastor’s wife, Teresa, taught us something very profound about the Bible. She said we can read, understand, and even enjoy other books without the slightest hint of insight into the lives of their authors; however, we must have an understanding of the Author of the Bible in order to comprehend its truths. From her statement, I realized that reading the Bible and knowing God go hand-in-hand. We come to know God as we read the Bible, and we come to understand the Bible as we know God more intimately. One is not possible without the other.

Although the Bible had not been put together as we know it today, Jesus told Nicodemus essentially the same thing. Nicodemus was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews, who approached Jesus one evening and said, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him” John 3:2 (NKJ). Jesus’ answer is intriguing. He told Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” John 3:3 (NKJ). The words “know” and “see” in the above two verses are really the same Greek word – eido – which means “to know, be aware, have knowledge, perceive, and understand.” Although Nicodemus and the other Pharisees had come to a logical conclusion about who Jesus must be, Jesus clarified that true perceptive understanding could not come unless they were born again. Being born again meant becoming a part of the family, coming into a personal, intimate relationship between Father and child. Since Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh (see John chapter 1), for Nicodemus, knowing Jesus in person was the same as reading the Bible.

We must become part of the family to know the Father. You can do that easily right now. “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” Romans 10:9-10 (NKJ). If you are already born again, determine today to get to know Jesus even more intimately. To better understand the Bible, get to know the Author; to better know the Author, read the Bible.

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One Response to “5/16/16: Know the Author”

  1. In 2 Timothy 3: 16-17, the Apostle Paul declared that all Scripture is God breathed (or given by the inspiration of God). This is the reason that prophecies from Genesis received their fulfillment in other Old Testament passages of Scripture as well as in the New Testament. Jesus Christ boldly stated that He did nothing that He had not seen the Father say and do. Only when Jesus Christ plainly explained the Scriptures were even His followers able to comprehend the message. People who do not accept Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord cannot understand Scripture. In the post-resurrection appearance of Jesus Christ to the two disciples walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus they truly did not understand all the events that they had observed in Jerusalem during the last few days. In addition, Jesus occasionally quoted Old Testament passages of Scripture when teaching His followers.That the Holy Spirit inspired all the people who recorded the text contained within the Old Testament and New Testament explains the consistency of the message in spite of the educational background, location, personality, and occupation of the author.

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