Gospel Links for Gospel Culture (5/31)
I fear that might just be the case with many of us today. We can spend hours reading, reciting, singing, and talking about the Bible, without seeing any significant fruit. We go through the Bible, but the Bible doesn’t go through us. And it just might be because we’re not looking for the Christ of Scripture as we read. The text says that they were “poring over the Bible”! But they didn’t find the treasure of eternal life because they weren’t going to the One who could open the door of life.
Only centering our lives on the gospel brings freedom and contentment. The gospel that unites us with Christ and saves us from an eternal hell also redefines every category of our lives, as we determine, like Paul, to know nothing among anyone “except Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2). Paul made that declaration to a church that had displaced the gospel from the center of the church community. For Paul, gospel-centered humility was the only answer to the self-referential either/or personal identity and the resultant division in the church. Paul’s words make clear that the battle against pride is one to which Christians are not immune.
Here’s a great message from Alistair Begg on 1 Samuel 6, which we’ll be studying in The Gospel Project in just a couple of weeks.
Or we might make the mistake of reading the Bible without its context. We might forget that each book of the Bible was written for a specific purpose at a specific time in a specific situation. We need to remember that the Bible doesn’t say something now that it has never said. As we interpret it, we must do so with an eye on the original context.
If you struggle to approach God’s Word desperately, I have a challenge for you. Find a Christian friend and slowly work through Psalm 119 together. It may take a few meetings—the psalm is longer than 26 books of the Bible! But it’s like smelling salts for the soul.