We read the Bible each morning to help us tune in to Jesus’ voice that is within us. It’s that still, small voice.
9 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of a friend [Jesus] springs from His heartfelt advice.
The Word of God is the Action of God. God spoke and our universe came into being (Genesis 1:1). The next big reveal was when the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). How did that happen?
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-4
Jesus is the Action Person of the Trinity. Here are a few verses that bear that out:
27 I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
28 when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
29 when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
30 Then I was the craftsman at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
31 rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind. Proverbs 8:27-31
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17
When it was time for God to act on man’s behalf, Jesus came. He came with the express purpose of dying for us, “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.” John 12:27. There are places where the Bible says that Jesus rose from the dead and that He was raised from the dead. It’s an academic matter. Since Jesus is God, then both are true. Jesus Himself said, “The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life–only to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” John 10:17-18.
Let’s keep reading in John 1,
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:9-13
Only God can do that! So let’s review:
- Jesus is the Word of God.
- Jesus is with God.
- Jesus IS God (if this blows your brain, then you’re actually thinking straight!).
What can we deduce from these verses concerning the Word of God and the Bible?
- The Word of God is the action of God, and Jesus is that Word.
- The Bible is a collection of accounts that verify and confirm the life and ministry of Jesus. The Gospels and Acts give the accounts while the letters help us understand the mystery of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Notice how everything about the Bible points to Jesus. That’s a good thing because it’s all about Him. We don’t worship the Bible; We worship the God of the Bible, Jesus Christ. The Bible is a tool in the hands of God–a very effective tool, one that reveals the Son to us. It’s words are inspired by the Holy Spirit who speaks to us every time we read it. The words recorded in the Bible give testimony to what the writers have seen and heard and experienced (1 John 1:1-3). We listen as we read for confirmation from the Spirit to what we read.
So, we’ve come full-circle: We read the Bible each morning to help us tune in to Jesus’ voice that is within us. It’s that still, small voice, the voice of the Spirit of Jesus saying, “Do you trust Me? Take my hand and let’s walk together today. Tomorrow, we’ll do the same.”
Abba, I trust You. I want to walk with You. Please walk slowly enough for me to stay in step with You. I, personally, don’t think that any of us ever get out of the nursery spiritually, so You’re liable to have to carry me sometimes–often! With the faith of a small child, I trust You implicitly. I love You, Abba. Thank You for loving me. Amen.