“And when he wanted to go across to Achaia, the brethren encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him; and when he had arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ” (Acts 18:27-28).
The Bible has been misused throughout human history. For example, it has been used to divide churches, to start wars, and to defend sinful practices like racism and slavery. It has been used to condemn innocent people to death for disagreeing with particular doctrines taught by the majority. How could professed followers of the Author of the Scriptures get so far off track? Perhaps it’s because we have missed or forgotten the primary purpose of the writings of God.
The Scriptures are designed to point us to Jesus and the salvation that comes through Him. The Jews who were seeking to kill Jesus did so because they were missing the point of the Scriptures. Jesus told them this: “You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life” (John 5:38-40).
The Book of God is not the source of eternal life. The Book of God points us to the One Who is the source. The Book points us to Jesus! Paul emphasized this very thing to Timothy: “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:14-15).
As we study the Scriptures, remember that Jesus is the main thing. Doing so will help keep us from misinterpreting and misapplying the Bible.
God loves you!