How We Read Scripture…It Matters!

We all read scripture but how we read scripture…well, that’s another matter and it’s a matter that matters a lot.  So here’s a video of Peter Enns discussing the basics of the incarnational nature of scripture.

That’s also why I believe the person of Jesus Christ, who is fully divine and fully human, and the life he lives gives us our fullest understanding of who God is, what he is like, and what his will is.  This why I am convinced that the best reading of scripture, whether we are reading Genesis or Revelation or anything in between, is done so in light of Jesus Christ.

Maybe that’s not the best approach.  Maybe there’s a better approach.  What we know is that “All scripture is inspired by God” in order that we “may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:16-17, NRSV).  Is there a better example of what good works look like than Jesus?

Oh yeah…we are being conformed to the image of Christ (Rom 8:29).

4 responses to “How We Read Scripture…It Matters!

  1. Yeah, this is great. I know it has transformed my understanding when I read scripture in light of Jesus. Amazingly, as we grow in knowing Him we see Him in all the scriptures and even more in the world around us. I find encouragement when I look at all that is good and know He participates in that. What a great God, indeed, who reveals himself in what we can understand. Great post!

  2. “All scripture is inspired by God” in order that we “may be thoroughly equipped for every good work”

    OK Rex I’ll be the fall guy here, 🙂
    what is Paul saying here nothing been written yet.
    matt. mk. luke or john and all the letters had not been circulated.

    SO how do we read scripture….

    • I realize that when 2 Timothy 3:16-17 was written, the only scripture was the Old Testament and so to apply this passage to the New Testament is sort of an ad hoc use. Nevertheless, the writers of the New Testament made frequent use of the Old Testament to point us towards the Jesus story along with the claims and demands that makes on our life. In short, it would seem that we should do the same with the New Testament. So rather than reading the New Testament as a manual for how to clone the first-century church, we are reading to see how the earliest Christians learned to follow Jesus as they wrestled with issues german to their culture and in doing so we then wrestle with those claims and demands against our own issues, letting our imagination be shaped as to how we faithfully live out the story in an indigenous expression.

      Grace and peace,


  3. 🙂
    blessings rex

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