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Search the scriptures

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. John 5:39

In this passage, Jesus was addressing the legalistic Jews. The sense of the passage isn’t just dealing with salvation, but with future blessings. The Jews used the scriptures as a means to receiving blessings. They studied and searched the scriptures to find things they should and should not do in order to receive blessings. They treated the scriptures as a way to get their best life, to have better marriages, to have better children, to have more influence, to have better finances. This is how scriptures are frequently handled today. We look for ways to receive blessings, to improve our lives, to have our best life now.

Jesus corrected their (and our) misuse of the scripture. Jesus said the scriptures were a testimony about him. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus explained to some disciples how all the scriptures spoke of him. We need to study and search the scriptures to learn what they say of Christ. In this world, we are going to suffer. We will not have perfect marriages. We will not have perfect children. We will not have perfect jobs. We will have financial problems. We will have health problems. We will have relationship problems. Does this mean we will have unhappy lives? No! Paul said he learned to be content in whatever state he was. When Christ is our hope, we can be content no matter what we face in this life. We have joy unspeakable.

Search the scriptures, not to find a means to a blessing, but that you may know him, and the power of his resurrection. God never promised our best life now. This is a sin-cursed world. Our hope is in the resurrection unto eternal life. The scriptures testify of the person and work of Christ – how he made it possible to be part of that resurrection.

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by Gordy