A good sermon is not the Truth. Theology is not the Truth. Exegesis is not the Truth. These things are truth about the Truth. The Truth is God alone.

     “Which Bible verse helped strengthen you in your moment of crisis?” To this question Richard Wurmbrand, a prisoner for more than fourteen years because of his faith, emphatically responded, “NO Bible verse was of any help. It is sheer cant and religious hypocrisy to say, ‘this Bible verse strengthens me, or that Bible verse helps me.’ It is the Lord alone who can strengthen you, not the verse which speaks of Him doing so.”

     Jesus held this view of things. He chastised the Pharisees in John 5:37-40 for knowing the Scriptures like the back of their hands and yet not knowing the One about whom those very scriptures testified! They had spent their lives studying the Bible and yet Jesus had absolutely no problem telling them:

  • You have never heard God’s voice.
  • God’s word does not dwell in you.

      Jesus made these remarkable observations even though they apparently had the Bible all but memorized! He said to them, “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” They knew the book but did not recognize the God of the book when He was standing right in front of them. What irony!

     The Truth cannot be embraced simply by memorizing the words in a Holy Book. Eternal Life does not come to us simply because we know the words written on a page. Eternal Life is a free gift given to those who learn to intimately know, trust, and obey the God about whom the Sacred Text testifies.

     We must not place our trust in our ability to read, memorize, and understand a book. We must place our trust in the One about whom that Holy Book testifies. We trust the living King-not our ability to read about Him or even to serve Him. We must come to intimately know Him, to trust Him, and to obey Him.