Last night at the Upper Room I preached on this beautiful subject.
What does it take to live the Bible. Well, first you have to get into the New Testament. Reason? The New Testament applies to now, the Present Tense.
The power of the New Testament started at the death of a Savior. The death of Christ is taught at the ending of the four Gospels and in the Epistles.
Reading and applying Bible under the life of Christ was under a dispensation of Law given to Israel. Reading the death and resurrection of Christ takes you to the Church now where the life in Christ is governed by the Holy Spirit.
The Church now is where the Holy Spirit resides to testify Christ to you (the believer in Christ); and to reprove the world of sin. The presence of the Holy Spirit taught in the New Testament illustrates how Christians live after accepting Christ, in the Church today.
Reading the Bible is beautiful. Rightly dividing the Bible is even more beautiful. Why? Because when the New Testament of the Bible is rightly divided it shows us how others lived in the Holy Spirit before us. With a consciousness to Christ.
Where holiness of heart and conduct is taught. Where clean living is taught. Where righteousness according to Grace is taught. Why? Because of the omnipresence of the Holy Spirit that comes from a living Christ in the Throneroom. Reading the New Testament doesn’t teach us how to live. Christians live according to the power and holiness of the New Testament. A life in Christ lines up with how Christians lived who wrote the Bible. Our lives lives likewise should line up with such beauties of holiness.
We live the Bible because Christ lives in us. He is exalted. He rose from the grave. He appears in the presence of God for us. Reading the Bible is one thing. Living the Bible is another.
Are you living the Bible?
James 1:22-24…receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
We are doers because we are changed by the power of God’s Grace that comes through Salvation of the human soul.