We Should Read the Bible Theologically

Instead of reading the Bible morally, we should read it theologically.  This doesn’t mean that there aren’t some moral examples to follow.  Yes, by all means, flee like Joseph.  Nor does it mean hunting for verses that support our favorite theological doctrine.  Rather, reading the Bible theologically means that we look first and foremost at what the passage teaches us about God.  What is God doing?  How is God revealing Himself?  How is God going to overcome our sin, keep His promises, and reestablish the Eden-like relationship He created us for.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 27-28

Is the Bible Like Aesop’s Fables?

We tend to turn the Bible’s stories into something like Aesop’s Fables or the saccharine “Christian novels” that make these biblical narratives far less interesting – and true to life – than they actually are.  Even when such figures foreshadow Christ, they soon fall short and remind us why they need a Savior as much as the rest of us.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 152

The Answer Is Not to Get Busier, More Radical or Learn More

Thus, if you are not where you should be spiritually, the answer is not simply to get busier for Jesus.  It is not just to get more radical in your devotion to God.  It is not only to seek greater spiritual gifts or even to learn more about the Bible.  It is to make your home in God’s love given to you as a gift in Christ.

– Greear, J.D.; Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; page 18

Only When We Come to the End of Ourselves Do We Come to the Beginning of God

Only when we come to the end of ourselves do we come to the beginning of God.  This is a common theme in the Bible – desparation precedes deliverance.  Grief precedes glory.  The cross precedes the crown.  Powerlessness is the beginning of freedom.  This is not to say that every cloud has a silver lining, or some such nonsense.  That would be a minimalization.  It is only to say that if the past five years have taught me anything, it is this: I would never have received any clarity about the beauty of the gospel if I hadn’t first been forced to face the ugliness of my sin and idolatry at the foot of the cross.  As the apostle Paul exclained in I Corinthians, “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18);.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free; David C Cook Publishers, Copyright 2013, Kindle Edition, page 138