God, spiritual realities, heaven – such ideas our increasingly secular generation refuses to acknowledge. But the Christian knows these are real, and that believers have a calling from God which comes to them from that spiritual realm and is meant to bear witness to God in the here and now.
Rightly dividing the Word of truth – to use Paul’s expression – involves a seven-faceted process of reading, meditating, and studying the Bible under the tutelage of the Holy Spirit. Any believer can learn to do this, and every believer should.
The science of hermeneutics addresses the question of how best to understand the Bible. This Word that is able to save and sanctify, and which we read and study daily, is fraught with deep meanings that can only be ferreted out by following protocols outlined in the Bible itself.
The promise of Scripture is that it is able to save our soul. The Bible possesses power to do a work within us that makes all things new, and that sets us on a path of joy and rejoicing as a way of life.
Reading the Bible is the starting-point for having the Word of Christ dwell in you richly – the joy and rejoicing of your heart.
Before we can wield the Sword of the Spirit, we need to receive it, to allow the Word of God to become firmly planted in our souls, and to begin dwelling there richly.
The Word of God leads us into a covenant relationship with our Creator and Lord, so that, through Jesus Christ, we may realize the precious and very great promises of God as a banquet of spiritual vitality and delight.
The Bible is a single Book, from the mind of a single Author. It tells a single story, and it does so within the framework of a single, powerful structure. That story and structure are God’s covenant.