“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.”
My library, divided between my home and church studies, is full of books. They cover a wide range of topics. But there is one book that towers above them all. That book is the Bible.
Like other books, you can cast your line into the pages of the Bible and pull out wisdom, poetry, history, letters, stories and other forms and types of literature. The knowledge and information gathered there can be enlightening and informative. At the same time, if knowledge and information is all you take from the Bible, in a very real sense, it has fallen short of its purpose. For unlike other books, the Bible is an instrument of revelation. Through the Bible God catches you!
The history of the Church, long before the Protestant Reformation, is filled with the stories of those who were gripped by God’s grace through an encounter with the Bible. The written page became the sacred page. In this respect, Martin Luther took up a lens that had been in use for centuries and adjusted its focus.
At the center of the Biblical story is Jesus Christ, the very Living Word of God. This fact reveals to us that God is a wordsmith, using the symbols and sounds of language to forge faith in the hearts of those who hear His voice. This is why St. Paul could say, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of Christ.” When you pick up the Bible, explosive pontential is in your hands. Read expectantly, for God is seeking you through the words given there.
“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”