In my daily Bible Reading I’m at the Book of Job, Chapter 9. In particular verse 2 jumped out at me:
How can a man be righteous before God? If one wished to contend with Him he could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.” (New King James Version)
It’s so important for us to have a correct understanding of who God is and who we are. He is the potter and we are the clay. We must honor Him for His awesomeness and don’t think for a moment we are equal to Him. (Isaiah 64:8)
But now, O Lord, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.
That’s true, but on the other hand we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
We who are believers in Jesus Christ are not a worm, but His children whom He has raised up and given power and authority. We are not those who grovel in our sin and unworthiness. It’s important to understand how we were, but not how we are now.
The Apostle Paul admonishes us to “handle accurately the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
As we seek to understand God and His Ways and His Will for us, it’s essential that we not take one truth and emphasize that truth over another. It’s important for us to not take one truth – like the righteousness of God and the unrighteousness of mankind – and emphasize only one side of the truth. One truth in God’s Word is often balanced by another truth. We must take each teaching or Bible verse within it’s context. We must understand the whole perspective of God on a subject (Acts 20:27).
For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God.
How do we discover the balance in God’s Word?
Briefly, I can say:
- Read the Bible. We must read the Bible a lot to gather much information about the whole Story of God. We must read the Bible in small portions to think about it, pray about it and study it. The first step is Read the Bible!
- Understand the Context of any one truth or Bible verse.
a. First there is the Covenant Context. Which covenant does that truth or scripture belong in – the Old or the New? Does the Old Covenant (Testament) truth apply to New Covenant (Testament) believers? Can we find that Old Covenant Truth re-affirmed in the New Testament?
b. What does the Bible say about that entire subject? Compare that Bible verse with other Bible verses. This takes study and it takes resources that will help you find the other Bible verses on that subject. The internet is very helpful nowadays. In the past I had to buy a lot of books, but now, those books are on the internet.
So here’s the point: Read the Bible a lot for context. Read the Bible in small portions for meditation and study. Seek to find the Big Picture from God on that subject. I recommend having a good Study Bible with you to help you bridge these gaps for you. In this way the Word of God in the Bible will become useful for our own lives and the lives of others.