The Bible is Not a Portrait; It’s a Window

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9780764212512Matt Papa:

The Bible is not a portrait; it’s a window.

It’s not wrong to come to the Bible to get doctrinal clarity. But it is wrong to come to the Bible mainly to get doctrinal clarity. That is idolatry. That is knowing God to sound smart.

It’s not wrong to come to the Bible to get wisdom for your daily living. That is wonderful. But it is wrong to come to the Bible mainly to get wisdom for your daily living. That is idolatry — using God to get your best life now. You will never see Glory that way. You will never get outside of yourself that way.

So how do we do it?

A lot of people will make suggestions about the best ways to read Scripture. They will offer questions for you to ask as you read like: “Is there a command to obey here?” Or, “Is there an example to follow?” “Is there a sin to avoid?” These are all well and good, but they do not reach the heart of our glory hunger.

The best questions to ask first are always, “Where is the glory? What does this passage teach me about God?” Yes, where is He? What is He like? I must know. Those other questions are not bad at all, and they must be asked, but they should not be asked first, or we might be seeking some other end (god).

The primary purpose of the Bible is to reveal Jesus.

– from Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ

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