Life in the Scriptures

You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me!
And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.
– John 5:39-40

Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees and He told them that they studied the scriptures, but were missing the whole point of the scriptures. The scriptures testified about the Saviour that was to come and now He stood right there before them and they failed to recognize Him.

I want to encourage you that when you read your Bible, you should look for Jesus on every page. When you do that, you will find that the Word will become alive to you and you will receive life from it. The Bible can become a dead letter to you and bring condemnation and death if you read it without Jesus in mind. Think about it, the very same book (the Bible) that brings life to some people, brings death to others and it all depends on where the focus is placed by the one who reads it. When we place the emphasis on ourselves rather than on Jesus Christ as the Saviour, we will find no life in the scriptures. We should read the Bible to see Jesus Christ and then we need to understand that what we see is really who we are. The identity of the New creation man/woman is found in Christ.

Let’s look at John 5:45: Put out of your minds the thought and do not suppose [as some of you are supposing] that I will accuse you before the Father. There is one who accuses you – it is Moses, the very one on whom you have built your hopes [in whom you trust].

These words of Jesus are so powerful! Jesus was still speaking to the Pharisees, who had the Law of Moses in their minds and Jesus said that the very thing that they put their trust in, is the very thing that accuses them. When we read the Bible with Jesus (who He is and what He did for us on the Cross) in mind it becomes almost impossible to think that He accuses us before the Father. The law accuses, but Jesus did not come to accuse anyone; through Jesus Christ forgiveness came to the whole world. The law will always point out your flaws and what is wrong with you, but the work that Jesus did was perfect and made us perfect in Him. In Songs of Solomon 4:7 it says, “O my love, how beautiful you are! There is no flaw in you!” This is the way Jesus sees us today!

The problem with the law is that it is UNABLE to change our hearts, our desires and motives. The GRACE OF JESUS CHRIST alone has the ABILITY to change us from the inside out.