Friday, December 18

The purpose of Bible reading

Scripture: John 5-6

John 5:39–40 You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.


Jesus’ claims in these chapters are staggering!  He is either the world’s biggest ego-maniac or He is God in the flesh! 

In these two verses, He claims to be the subject of Scripture and so greater than Scripture, and the giver of eternal life.  

His Jewish counterparts studied the Torah religiously believing it would confer eternal life.  Jesus said that the study of God’s word alone doesn’t give eternal life.  Why?  God’s word points to Jesus as the giver of life; we have to come to Him to receive eternal life.  


I am a big believer in studying and knowing God’s word!  In fact, I have found in the Bible 7 important things we should do with God’s word:

    1. Hear.
    2. Read.
    3. Study.
    4. Memorize.
    5. Meditate.
    6. Obey.
    7. Share.

But it would be a big mistake to think that the Bible is the end-all!  It’s purpose is to point us to Jesus, push us to Jesus!  Eternal life is in Jesus, not in the Bible itself.   

So our primary goal in daily Bible reading and study is to see Jesus and come to Him.  Let your Bible reading push you to Jesus!  That’s where life is!

Be clear about the purpose of your Bible reading.  It’s to know Jesus and come to Him.  

Prayer: Lord, I love Your word!  But I love You even more!  Help me to see You clearly as I read Scripture, and then come to You daily for life!