Just Knowing the Bible Isn't Enough

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One of the greatest things I love about having a relationship with Jesus is "change". People change when they get to know Jesus. Well, it's not a one time big time change, it's a daily gradual process where the Holy Spirit works in the lives of the people who have relationship with Jesus. This does not mean when we have a relationship with Jesus we will no longer sin but because we have the Holy Spirit in us, we already have a counselor who helps us discern and convicts us whenever we commit sins and disobey God.

2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, there must be some changes in our life. We are no longer slaves to sin. We are bought by the blood of Jesus and we now belong to God's family, again. Since we belong to God when He created Adam and Eve but because of the fall of man, we were separated from Him and we became slaves to sin. But thanks be to God, we are back to His family. We are God's twice!

Yesterday, Jeremiah and I had our weekly Bible study and we studied the story of Nicodemus and his encouter with Jesus. Nicodemus is a pharisee, he is well-known in Jerusalem because he is a Bible teacher. One night, he went to see Jesus and acknowledged Jesus as a teacher from God. Jesus Christ explained to Nicodemus how he can be born again and belong to God's family. At frst Nicodemus was not able understand what Jesus Christ is talking about being born again. Nicodemus was very interested in the kingdom of God and Jesus shared to him that if he believes in Jesus, he will also have an eternal life.

Nicodemus is a Bible teacher. He is regarded as one of the authorities in Jerusalem when it comes to the Word of God. But he does not know how he will become one one of God's children. He does not know how to interpret the Word of God and apply it to his life. He might know the facts about the Bible but it does not take roots to his heart. Knowing and understanding are two different things. Knowing the Bible is one thing, understanding it and being able to apply Biblical principles in our lives is another thing. 

I know several Bible scholars who have PhD in New Testament Theology but have no relationship with Jesus. Some scholars studies PhD in Systematic Theology just to be able to debunk the historical Jesus and the accounts in the Bible. It's not enough that we just know the facts in the Bible. We have to have an open heart to be able to understand the Word of God. We have to ask guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit to know the significance of the Bible. We cannot fully exhaust the Word of God because of our limited knowledge and wisdom but just because we cannot understand something doesn't make it wrong. 

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Not everyone believes in the Bible, that's given. I respect them and I do not force them to believe in the Bible. But I believe in the reliability and infallibility of the Bible. Accounts in the new testament can be verified by the written works of historians who are not Christians. Multiple prophecies in the Old Testament were fulfilled by Jesus in the New Testament. Numerous miracles were done by Jesus. There are a lot of proofs in the reliability of the Bible. This one needs another blogpost

Before I end, I just want to ask if you know what happened to Nicodemus after that encounter with Jesus? Look at John 19:39 and discover what happened to Nicodemus, the Bible teacher.

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