reading God’s word
by Linda Rex
There is a way of reading and meditating on scripture that informs our knowledge of God. It also informs our relationship with God by bringing to our minds the attributes and will of God in relation to each of us as his children.
For example, when I read a particular passage, I first ask myself this question: Who is God in this passage?
If I were reading Hebrews 2, the answer would include the following:
– God speaks and his Word is unalterable
– He exacts judgment
– He provides salvation
– He testifies to us through signs, wonders, various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit
– He made humans lower than the angels but destined them to be crowned with glory and honor
Included in our observations about who God is in this passage would be these (abundant) truths about Jesus:
– He was made lower than the angels just as we are
– He suffered and died for everyone
– He was crowned with glory and honor just as we as humans are destined by God to be glorified
– All things are for him
– All things are through him
– He is the perfected Author of Salvation through whom many sons will be brought to glory
– He sanctified all those who are being sanctified
– His Father is our Father
– He is brother to all humanity
– He proclaims his Father’s name
– He trusts in his Father
– He shares all this with humanity
– He partook of flesh and blood along with God’s children
– Through death he rendered the evil one powerless and freed all who were enslaved
– He was made like us as humans in everything
– He became a merciful and faithful high priest or mediator in things that pertain to God and to us as humans
– He was tempted in suffering, and so came to the aid of all who are tempted
If we stop now and give some thought to what we’ve learned about God so far in this passage, we’ll find that God is deeply involved with us as humans. He cares about us so much that he actually came to share in our human existence with the expectation that one day we will share in Christ’s glory. In Jesus we have an intimate brother and friend who is for us and with us in every situation.
So going on with our reading and meditation of this passage we can ask: Who is God for me today in this passage? Here are some thoughts that came to my mind in answer to this question:
– God speaks to me through his Son and his Word is unalterable and just
– God witnesses to me through signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of his Spirit
– Even though I am lower than angels, in Christ God has raised me up and crowned me with glory
– God is working to sanctify me and has perfected my salvation
– God in Jesus has shared my humanity and purified it
– God has set me free from Satan’s grip and the chains of sin
– Jesus speaks God’s Word to me and stands in my place to offer my perfected praise and service to God
– God in Jesus has gone through everything I’ve gone through and upholds me in the midst of it all
As we approach the scriptures beginning first with God, and God in Christ at the center, we find that there is much that we can learn. With God at the center, we learn how much we are loved and cared for, and the tremendous significance of our God taking on our humanity and providing for us in Christ all we need for life and godliness.
There are many ways to read and study the scriptures. My prayer is that as you read the written Word of God you will encounter the Living Word in a real way that is healing and life-transforming. May God bless you in your studies.
Lord, as we read your Word each day, open our eyes to see you, and our ears to hear you. May we come to fully understand who you are, and who you are for each one of us at every moment of each day. Thank you for being for us, with us and in us by your Spirit, through Jesus our Lord. Amen.
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