No life in the scriptures apart from Christ

15 08 2011

Christ the Word

1 John 1:1-2 KJV That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (2) (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

John 1:1-4 KJV In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) The same was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. (4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

The Word is a person and that Person is Christ. We cannot read the Bible without seeing Christ in it. If we do, there will be no life in what we are reading!

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV (12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

This scripture is so powerful if we understand that Christ is the Word. The term “glass” is an old fashioned word for mirror! When we gaze into the Bible, we must see the Living Word, Christ. He is the reflection that we are supposed to see, not our own. Religion has taught us that the Bible is a manual for life. The Bible is so much more than that. No wonder people do not enjoy searching the Bible, they are unaware of the Treasure living in those pages!

Let me use this example: A few years ago in a popular local magazine, they ran a series of 3D pictures. How it worked was as you looked at the scrambled image long enough, you would be able to see a 3D picture. It was quite amazing. At a casual glance the scrambled image looked just like that, a scrambled image, and the reader couldn’t see the intended result – the 3D image. But there were instructions to follow. After following the instructions, the 3D picture literally jumped off the page to the reader.

The same is true for the Bible. Unless we know what we are looking for, we will miss the Person of Christ Jesus, the Living Word. Traditional religion has used the scriptures to confirm what they are saying. In fact you can come up with scriptures for almost anything if you want to. This is how cults are born. They have a collection of scriptures that they base their belief system on and people follow. The same is true for denominational churches. The Baptists believe a certain set of scriptures and people follow and become members of their “church”. The Catholics believe a certain set of scriptures and people follow their belief system. The same with Pentecostilism, Charimatics, Evangelicals, Revivalists etc etc etc!!! The crazy thing is, as I’m sure you have been asked this question before, “So what do you people believe?” This question reveals their religiousness. The question should be, “do you know in whom you have believed?” Religion has brought Christianity to a shallow Christless place. We are so concerned with what we believe, that we miss the reason we are Christians in the first place. We are Christians because Christ lives in us. Christ the living Word has made us born again.

1 Peter 1:23 KJV Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Let’s look at this scripture again but this time in the Amplified Bible:

Amplified Bible (AMP) 12For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as [a]in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand [b]fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been [c]fully and clearly known and understood [[d]by God].

In verse 12, it says “are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as [a]in a riddle or enigma],”. Basically it is saying that now we do not see clearly. What it means is that we are not seeing the true image of the reflection and that we do not understand what that image is! This is where the majority of Christians are today.

Let’s go on to what it says next, “but then [when perfection comes]”. Who is perfection? Christ is perfection. Christ has already come, He is here in us!!! We are not waiting for Him to come, He has come.

Hebrews 6:1 KJV Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; …..

Matthew 5:48 KJV Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

John 17:23 KJV I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

1 Corinthians 2:6 KJV Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: ….

Philippians 3:15 KJV Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded….

Colossians 1:27-28 KJV To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: (28) Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Hebrews 5:9 KJV And being made perfect, he (Jesus) became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;

Hebrews 12:23 KJV To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

The next part of this verse says that after perfection comes, or after Christ has come and made us perfect then “we shall see in reality and face to face!” Wow!!! I hope you are getting this. We will see Jesus Christ face to face. When we look into the Bible, the reflection we will see is Christ. We will not only see Him, but we shall see Him clearly!!!!!

Now for the most incredible part:

“Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand [b]fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been [c]fully and clearly known and understood [[d]by God].”

The word “then”, is referring to the time when we are made perfect. When were we made perfect? That’s right, when Christ indwells us at the New Birth. So this is not referring to a future event, it is referring to a time past!!! When we look into the Word of God, we will see the reflection of the new me!!!!!! we will see the real me. The old me is crucified with Christ. The new me is Christ in me. For the life I now live is Christ………….. When we look into the Word we will not see a defeated sinner. We  will see who we really are, sons of God!!! We will see ourselves as God sees us, perfect, through His Son Christ Jesus!!!!!

When we see Christ in the Word, we understand who we really are. We stand before the Father perfect. We have been redeemed and purchased and we are no longer our own. We have a brand new incorruptible life – His life in me.

Amplified Bible (AMP) 12For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as [a]in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand [b]fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been [c]fully and clearly known and understood [[d]by God].

When you look into the Word of God, please focus on Christ. In Christ alone is life! No Christ – no life. If you cannot see Christ in the scripture, then you might as well read a novel or history book!!!

Praise Him!


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