A sermon prepared for Sunday 24 July – Kaikorai Church. Read Deut 31:11-13, 2 Tim 3:1-17.
I believe it is important to remember that this book is God’s in every sense of the word. It is God’s in that God inspired the various human authors as they wrote, God breathed in and through them in such a way that they knew what to include, and what to leave out, and they knew what bits of the story to put together and where things should be separated. And it is God’s story in that by God the Holy Spirit we too are able to read, understand and apply to our lives today: these ancient, collected, translated, oft-misused texts. God the Spirit continues to bring them to life in our lives today.
As Martin Luther the great reformer put it:
The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.
“Martin Luther–The Early Years,” Christian History, no. 34”
The Bible is God’s story also because it’s a biography and a history, but not a general history but his-story, God’s story as God wanted us to have it.
It is through God’s story that God the Spirit reveals God, likewise as the Spirit leads us through these pages that we discover Jesus the Christ and the wonderful truths of the Cross and victory.
This book the Holy Bible is pure treasure – taonga! Read the rest of this entry »