Have you ever tried to picture something you have never seen? It’s is impossible without using your imagination.
Jesus said of his disciples in Mark 8:18 Having eyes, do you not see? Do you think He was talking about their physical eyes? No, He was talking about being able to see into the spiritual realm. Now before I lose you, I’m not exactly sure what Jesus was talking about but I’m sure it had to do with “seeing” or picturing something on the inside.
Picturing Christianity is all about using your internal “spiritual” eyes to see what God is talking about in His word. To give you a better example of how I see and what I’m talking about I wrote, “What Does Sin Look Like?”. It is an attempt to take a look at something the Bible clearly states effects us all, Sin.
Romans 3:23 for ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (emphasis mine). No one reading this post is exempted. We have all screwed up in one area or multiple areas of our life so I thought, “Why not show people what sin looks like so they can better deal with it in their life?”
This is the first book in a series called…you guessed it… in this series we will do a different kind of Bible study. This study will, on purpose, attempt to take a complex subject, maybe even a little controversial, and make it understandable.
God wrote the Bible in common language to communicate with everyday people. Back in the day, that was farmers, shepherds, laborers… you know people like you and me. So instead of trying to make subjects more complicated, why not try and make each topic easier to understand?
Most believers are not trying to become Christian theologians but I would argue, everyone should have a general understanding of key Christian concepts that can make a difference in their eternal destination. So with that said, you will not be awe inspired by my intellect or my unbelievable command of the English language but what I hope to do is help you better understand the word of God.
John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. True freedom in life is found only one place, knowing the truth.
In John 14:6 Jesus described Himself as the Truth. I am the way, the truth and the life no one comes to the Father except through Me. And since Jesus is also called The Word, John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word WAS God. (emphasis mine) and if you stay in the same chapter of John, a few verses down (John 1:14) you will see the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
So here you go..since I enjoy math, if you substitute any equal value into an equation, you do not change the equation. So if Jesus is the Truth and Jesus is the Word you can freely substitute the Word for the Truth in John 8:32, when you do this you get…
And you shall know the Word, and the Word shall make you free. By getting to know the Word of God or the Bible, you are also getting to know Jesus since they are clearly the same thing.
We want to help you get a better “picture” of who God is and how knowing God’s word will set you free. Until next time…To God be the glory.