The Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon said of John Bunyan that his works were so centred on the Bible; “Why, this man is a living Bible!” Prick him anywhere—his blood is Bibline”
I want to echo Spurgeon’s prayer from the same sermon; “Oh, that you and I might get into the very heart of the Word of God, and get that Word into ourselves! As I have seen the silkworm eat into the leaf, and consume it, so ought we to do with the Word of the Lord—not crawl over its surface, but eat right into it till we have taken it into our inmost parts. It is idle merely to let the eye glance over the words, or to recollect the poetical expressions, or the historic facts; but it is blessed to eat into the very soul of the Bible until, at last, you come to talk in Scriptural language, and your very style is fashioned upon Scripture models, and, what is better still, your spirit is flavored with the words of the Lord.”
All too often we treat the Bible as if it is a chore to do, I think in part this comes from our misunderstanding of what the Bible is; ever hear of the backronym “Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth”? It is this approach that I want to combat today, the problem with this understanding of Scripture is that it limits 2 Tim 3:16-17 to just “All Scripture is breathed our by God and profitable for teaching, and for training in righteousness.” so what’s left out? “for reproof,” and “for correction,” and “That the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Paul is clear here that the focus of Scripture is that we might be conformed to Christ, (after all that is the purpose that the Spirit came (John 16, et al)) this conformation is not just one of head, that of giving us instructions, do’s and don’ts, that of giving us things to affirm, or deny. No! Scripture as wielded as the sword of the Spirit is meant to bring us closer to Christ in His fullness. Christ as Prophet, Priest and King, Christ as the Eternal Son of God to whom we are to be conformed to. If you encounter Scripture and do not come out being a little more like Christ, then you haven’t encountered Scripture. If you encounter the Spirit and don’t come out a little more like Christ then you didn’t encounter the Spirit. We do not worship a God who is afar off, and commands obedience, but one who is very near, to be in our mouth and heart. Let the Blood of the Children of God run Bibline.