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Reading the Bible: Three Very, Very Important Lens To Look Through

bible lensWhen reading the Bible, I believe there are three very, very important lens that we must look through

  1. Jesus
  2. The Trajectory of the Scriptures
  3. The Context of the Scriptures
Reading the Bible through Jesus

• In Colossians 1:15 St. Paul tells us that Jesus is the “image of God, the invisible one.”

  • John 1:14 tells us that the Word of God (Jesus) became flesh and dwelled among us
  • Jesus Himself told us that to see Him was to see God

• As such, I firmly believe that we are to read the Scriptures through the lens of Jesus

  • Jesus is God relived to us
  • So when we have problems understanding what the Scriptures are saying
  • Which, face it, there are some confusing parts in this book – that doesn’t mean that we throw them out (far from it)
  • It just means that we read those passages through Jesus

If our interruption of Scriptures does not match that of the life and character of Jesus, we MUST rethink that passage!

  • We ALWAYS default back to Jesus
  • For He is God relived to us!!
The Trajectory of the Scriptures

• The second lens is the trajectory of the Scriptures

  • What has God been doing throughout history?
  • What has been His focus?
  • What is the overarching theme of the Scriptures?

• These are questions that we must ask ourselves as the books of the Bible are not standalone documents

• They are documents placed within a greater canon of documents

• The Scriptures did not fall from the sky bound and complete

  • They are a collection of God-breathed letters, histories, poems, songs, etc

• Within the pages of Scriptures are people as human as we are

  • It records there mistakes
  • Successes
  • Failures
  • Loves and hates

• It tells us that we all are on a journey with God and even when we mess up, God is still with us

• As such, when we find a passage that is confusing, we must ask ourselves

  • What is the overall movement of the Scriptures in this area?
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